State Cheer Championships

Three Cheers! Rams Win State Cheer Title
Posted on 04/02/2019

Rams celebrate winning state cheer title
In a competition packed with devilishly difficult, nerve-testing routines, the Rio Rancho High Rams cheer team managed to tame both. As a result, they’re the Class 5A state champions for 2019.

Rams cheerleaders execute a leap during state competitionThe Rams arguably clinched the two-round competition in the first round, the so-called “game day” session which more closely mimics the type of cheerleading fans see on the sidelines of a football or basketball game. Their nearly flawless routine put them in second place, less than a point behind the Eldorado Eagles going into the finals.

Rams in their routine-ending "pyramid" formationIn that final round, which combines cheer with tumbling and dance moves, the Rams had only one slight bobble early in the routine and finished second, only .4 behind second-round winners and eventual state second place finishers La Cueva. Meanwhile, Eldorado’s second–round routine was beset with problems and dropped them to third place, 12 points behind the Rams.   So Rio Rancho's consistently high level of performance earned them the title, even though they were runners-up in both rounds of the competition. 

The Cleveland Storm concludes their routineRio Rancho’s other cheer team, the Cleveland Storm (shown at right), finished sixth in the 15-team field.  The state spirit competitions also include the finals in dance.   Both Rio Rancho schools' dance teams competed, finishing 12th and 13th among the 21 big-school teams.

This is the fifth time the Rams have won the state cheer title: they also won titles in 2011 and 2016, and also in 2000 and 2001 when cheer was classified as an “activity” rather than a “sport.” The Cleveland Storm were the 2013 state cheer champions.