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Ponderosa wins fourth state jazz title in a row

Mustangs are tied for the most spirit championships

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Ponderosa won its fourth consecutive jazz title at the State Spirit Championships held Dec. 8-9 at the Denver Coliseum.

It was the 11th state spirit title won by the Mustangs, which is tied with Grandview for the most won in Colorado.

Angela Ottmann has been the Ponderosa coach and spirit director for the past 23 years, but she didn't hesitate to answer when asked which title was most special.

“The reason this year was a little more special is it was the fourth in a row and secondly for Ponderosa High School, we were tied with wrestling (state titles) at 10 apiece and now we are one up.”

Ponderosa has won two state poms championships and nine in jazz.

The Mustangs finished with a total of 95.2 to win the 2017 jazz crown. Mountain Vista was second with a 93.5833 total.

Seniors MaKenzie Maroney, MacKenzie Van Matta, Mason van Enden and Cassidy Esposito were the leaders of the Ponderosa squad, which performed a routine that enthralled both judges and spectators.

“We did a piece to 'Imagine' from John Lennon,” Ottmann said. “The purpose of it was to be as one, to be a dreamer and to be unified. It reached a lot of people because there is a lot of division in our world right now.

“It not only resonated well not just with the judging panel but with the people watching."

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