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Varsity cheer takes first place at Jenison

Varsity cheer takes first place at Jenison

JV takes first at Reeths Puffer

Varsity Cheer team.

The Cedar Springs High School Competitive Cheer team wrapped up 2019 with two competitions last week. On December 18th the Lady Red Hawks competed in the Jenison Invitational. The Varsity team secured first place in the Division 2/3 Bracket with a combined round three score of 706.06 and placed. The JV team were leading the JV Division after round two but were forced to sit out round three when one of their teammates became very sick. On December 21st, the team competed in the Reeths-Puffer Rockets Invitational. The JV team had performed very well in all three rounds and took 1st place in the JV Division with a combined round three score of 623.80. The Varsity team were leading the invitational after round two but fell short after a few crucial errors in round three. The Lady Red Hawks took second place with a combined round three score of 736.26.

Reflecting on the past two weeks, Coach Anne Olszewski commented, “We have competed three times before Christmas break, which is difficult to do because of the short amount of time we have to complete all three rounds, clean and perfect the stunts, and memorize quick changes.  Our rounds are difficult, and they are working diligently and progressing steadily. I am overall pleased.  Right now, we are battling mental errors due to the material still being new – and we are changing the rounds based on scores. We learn more every competition, not only about the sport but also about ourselves. These young women are some of the most talented and intelligent young women I have ever worked with.  They had an awesome experience from last year’s run to state finals and know that the only way we will get back to the big mat at is to work hard at every practice.  The girls who are new to the varsity level are figuring out that competing at the elite level requires serious commitment.  It’s exciting to watch them excel.”

JV Coach Katy Hradsky is very proud of the hard work of her team. “This week something happened to our JV team. I’m not sure it was the holiday spirit, the fact break was almost here, or the fact that we had spent the last 2 weeks and last 2 competitions scratching due to injuries and illness. The girls started pushing through mental blocks that had previously kept them from learning new skills, and they worked really hard to clean and repair all 3 rounds with a lesser number of teammates. All this hard work was evident on Saturday at Reeths Puffer. They scored 20 points higher in Round 1 and 30 points higher in Round 2 than they did on Wednesday and completely nailed their first ever full out of Round 3. I was so totally pleased with their performances on Saturday that I wasn’t really keeping watch of the scores. I was just pleased that they were running off the mat confident and happy with their performances and was in complete shock when they announced that we had won first place. I am so proud. It was a well-deserved win for a team that worked so hard and had a complete turnaround in just 2 days.”

The Lady Red Hawks will kick-off 2020 with their first OK White Conference meet in Lowell on January 8. Good luck ladies! 

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