ALAMOSA - For Kaitlyn Gosney, the Colorado High School Coaches All-State Games were unusual.
Take the 2018 spectacle's much-anticipated North-v-South football clash Friday night, June 8, at Adams State University's Rex Stadium, where the Bayfield Cheer Squad member was the only uniformed connection to the Class 2A State Champion Wolverines.
"Oh yeah, for sure," she laughed. "I was like, 'Go not-Wolverines!' It was weird, but it was a lot of fun. It's definitely not like any Bayfield game."
But if it seemed strange to be on a sideline without the rest of the purple-and-gold power, the Games' June 9 boys' basketball finals had her particularly on edge, especially when the CHSCA All-State Spirit Team was split up in order to cheer on each side of Plachy Hall.
"I want to be on that end," she said, pointing towards the bench area of the Black team, which included BHS' Ryan Phelps. "Can't see myself cheering against Ryan; I've been cheering for him since middle school!"
Luckily the event coaching staff granted her wish. The squad was coached by 5A Parker Chaparral's Heather Saunders, 5A Greeley West's Brodie Subia and 5A Castle Rock Douglas County's Lauren Borgmier.
And even though Black finished second, Gosney still savored the experience of being selected herself.
"I definitely did a lot for the team this year since I was captain, so it's kind of a 'reward,' I guess, for hard work," she said. "I guess to me it shows my dedication."
Just a couple of weeks after the state football title, Gosney's squad took third in 2A/3A Co-Ed Cheer at the 2017 State Spirit Championships in Denver, while the dance team won the 3A Poms title.
Cheering at the All-State Games was a fitting end to Gosney's career at BHS.
"I was really worried at first, but all of them are super-sweet," she said of her teammates at the state games. She stood between 2A Calhan's Sierra Knox and 2A Evergreen Clear Creek's Angellina Inman during the hoops action. "It's kind of cool to experience how other people cheer differently at different schools."