You can always count on the Cedar Springs Red Hawk Cheer team to excel, and they did that again this year by advancing to regionals for the sixth straight year. In those six years, they also made two state finals appearances. But it was not meant to be this year.
“Advancing to regionals was a goal the team had from the beginning of the season,” said Coach Anna Ramirez. “The girls have worked hard and earned the spot they received to compete last Saturday.”
She said it is slowly becoming an expectation that Cedar Springs Cheer advances out of Districts, and a yearly goal the team has had for themselves. “For only six years has this semi final competition taken place, and Cedar Springs has advanced from Districts in all six years, winning the district title in both 2010 and 2012,” explained Ramirez. She added that since 2010, Cedar Springs Cheer has made two state finals appearances and were hoping for their third this season, but fell short with some tough competition in this west side region.
DeWitt finished on top with St. Joseph as runner up. Advancing to state finals with them will be Grand Rapids Christian and Mt. Pleasant. Competition will be held at the Delta Plex at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Cedar Springs finished 9th out of 12 teams to end their season.
“I am really proud of how far my team made it and how hard everyone worked to get there. I’m also really thankful for the support in the stands because it means a lot to have our community behind us,” said senior Briana Pierson.
“They are a young team, with tons of potential. I look forward to the years to come,” remarked Ramirez. “They held a strong performance, showcasing their best in all three rounds. I am very proud of each and every one of them.” The make up of this team was 13 new varsity members, 9 of which were freshman.
“As a freshman, I was honored to be able to have such an amazing opportunity. Our group of seniors were so encouraging throughout the whole competition. I wanted to do my best for them,” said freshman, Kaylee Mihlethaler.
This competitive cheer team will be back next season, once again, competing for one of the top spots. As for the four seniors who led this team, Briana Pierson, Katie Maka, Nicki Luevano, and Jacy Wasoski, they will all be heading to college this fall. “Being part of the Cedar Springs cheer community has been a long journey for them,” remarked Ramirez. “Hopefully one that will bring a lifetime of memories.”