Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer teams traveled to Hudsonville this past Saturday for their annual invitational. This was a tough competition that brought several Division 1 teams from the east side of the state to compete. The day started off a little shaky with their bus breaking down en route, causing a delayed arrival and less time to warm up and practice. Our girls still performed with confidence.
The High School Competition had 22 teams competing and was split into four different pools.
The Junior Varsity competed in the JV Pool, which had nine teams competing. Cedar Springs earned a score of 183.30 after Round 1, putting them in 6th Place. Round 2 gained an additional 160.10 points bringing their subtotal to 343.40 and keeping them in 6th Place. The conclusion of Round 3 gained an additional 230.7 bringing their overall score to 574.1 and finishing the day with a 7th Place overall. “Even though we were the only Division 2 team competing, the girls beat two of their team goals,” said Head Coach Katy Baird. “They beat their Round 1 and Round 3 high scores, and gave them their highest overall score of the season. I am extremely proud of their hard work and dedication.”
The Varsity Team competed in the Varsity D2, D3 and D4 Pool, which had three teams competing. Cedar Springs earned a score of 221.20 after Round 1, putting them in 2nd Place. Round 2 gained an additional 212.74 points, bringing their subtotal to 433.54 and keeping them in 2nd Place. The conclusion of Round 3 gained an additional 284.8 points bringing their overall score to 718.34 and finishing the day in 2nd Place, after DeWitt’s Championship high score of 762.42. “This was the most difficult competition we have competed at,” said Head Coach Anne Olszewski. “The teams from the east side of the state are far more experienced and talented. They have a very large cheer history with many state titles. West Michigan is behind the times in competitive cheer. It was so good for our Cedar Springs Athletes to see what our sport is and how it is performed at a higher level. I was so grateful for the opportunity to expose the girls to D1 schools and elite stunts. We set goals for ourselves at the beginning of the season. One was to break 700 for our total score. That was a carry over from last season that they never reached. Saturday, we were at 718.35! They also wanted to score above 200 in round 2. We did that as well with 212.34. It’s time to get back to work and see if the experience will elevate their work ethic and realize that there is nothing that they can not do if they put their minds to it!”