Posted on 19 February 2015.
Cedar Springs JV Cheer took the conference championship.
Varsity finishes fourth
Cedar Springs hosted the 2015 OK Bronze/White Conference High School Championship on Wednesday, February 11. There were four teams competing in the JV division—Cedar Springs, Forest Hills, Jenison and Caledonia.
Cedar Springs took the lead in Round 1 with a score of 176.70. After Round 2, an additional score of 159.34 brought their subtotal to 336.04. The completion of Round 3 gained an additional score of 218.4, bringing their overall score to 554.44, making them OK Bronze /White Conference Championship for 2015.
Forest Hills finished taking 2nd with a score of 541.46, Jenison took 3rd with a score of 528.06 and Caledonia took 4thwith a score of 508.9.
“Going into the Conference Finals knowing we were tied for first place was both exciting and nerve racking,” said Head Coach Katy Baird. “Adding to the excitement, we had an injury occur (at home) the night before finals. Two hours prior to competition, I had to replace a girl in all 3 rounds!”
“The girls did such a stand up job. They really do work best under pressure,” continued Baird. “Round 1 was the best I have witnessed in weeks. Round 2 and 3 both had minor mistakes, but were clean. I couldn’t be more proud of these girls! With this being my first season with Cedar Springs, and literally jumping in feet first from day one, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls and outcome! They should all be proud of where they come from.”
Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer took fourth place in the conference championship.
The Varsity Division had eight teams competing for the Championship title. Cedar Springs earned a score of 207.70 after Round 1, taking 6th Place. After Round 2 an additional 208.84 points were gained bringing their subtotal to 416.54, placing them in 4th. With the completion of Round 3, an additional 273.6 points were gained bringing their overall score to 690.14 points taking 4th place overall. Forest Hills won the Championship with a score of 758.50, Jenison took 2nd with a score of 741 and Grand Rapids Christian took 3rd with a score of 725.68.
“This is the youngest team I have ever coached at this level,” said Head Coach Anne Olszewski. “They are learning every day about how tight it is to compete at the Varsity level. The room for error is very small. Tiny bobbles and break in form cost us big points and those things add up! We are young but very talented. Tumbling and gymnastics are a huge part of this sport and we are working on this every day. We have 10 solid standing tucks in Round 2 and they really showed that last night—labeled as best tucks of the night by all of the teams!”
“We have had to make some big changes in Round 1 and 3 due to illness, injury and we lost a lot of practice time with many of the girls being involved with the High School musical Beauty and the Beast,” she explained. “These girls did a great job juggling two very large commitments. There were times that it was very difficult having three flyers in the play and gone from practice. They have that successful accomplishment under their belt now and we are moving forward to make the most out of our season.”
Please continue to support Cedar Springs Cheer. District competition is Saturday, February 21 at Mona Shores. The Top 4 teams move on to Regionals, which will be at Thornapple Kellogg High School the week of February 28.