Posted on 09 February 2012.
The Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer Team has been working hard and living up to their team motto of, Never Settle.
On February 1, they arrived at Sparta High School for the OK Blue Competitive Cheer Competition. After 2 rounds of competition, the Lady Hawks were only 3 points from first place. After a hard fought third round, the Lady Hawks took second place falling to Comstock Park by only 6 points.
The cheer team traveled to Lowell’s Invitational Cheer Meet on Saturday, February 4. They went head to head with some of the areas top teams and after 2 rounds of competition only a few points separated the Lady Hawks from Jenison who was holding second place and Kenowa Hills in first place. It was an exciting round 3 with the Lady Hawks scoring their best in the third round for the season and after all points were calculated, the Lady Hawks took second losing to Kenowa Hills by only 5 points. The team also achieved their highest final score of 739.1 for the season showing that this team is not giving up.
“The competition at Lowell was in my opinion the best competition this season, by far. We really stepped it up, and got another high score of the season,” said junior Devon woods. “The announcer kept calling off schools, finally placing us at second, and second place couldn’t have felt better. This competition really showed me why I do competitive.”
“After seeming to struggle to get the consistency going, this week seems to be a turning point for the girls,” noted head coach Pam Ingles. “Our round 3 has finally scored 304.5 and one of our goals was to score above 300. We will continue to focus on the details in all 3 rounds to prepare for the upcoming competitions.”
The Red Hawk Competitive Cheer Team competing at conference finals at press time on February 8 at Cedar Springs High School. They will then travel to the Delta Plex on February 11. Come on out and show your support for our Lady Hawks.
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Posted on 26 January 2012.
Cedar Springs formed their first 5th/6th grade competitive cheer team this year. While it’s uncommon in this area to see girls compete at this age level, coaches Amy Arnold, Deb Garza and Barb Chong had hoped their team would gain experience and get a feel for what competition will be like when they reach middle school. The girls, however, had something else in mind. It was evident they weren’t about to settle for anything less than the best, and their hard work and dedication paid off last Saturday when they placed first at Catholic Central High School finishing ahead of Vanguard Charter and Kenowa Hills. Their performance can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3N7pTAPVz8.
The team performs again this Thursday at Cedar Springs High School and will finish their season this Saturday at East Kentwood High School.
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Posted on 17 February 2011.
This past week was a busy one for both Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer teams. For the JV team, it marked the end of their season as they competed at the conference final meet at West Catholic. The JV team had a remarkable season as they won their 4th conference meet earning them the title of Ok Blue Conference JV Champs for the 2nd year in a row. They won every competition they competed in this year except for one where they placed 2nd behind Division 1 Grandville JV.
The Varsity team finished in 2nd place for the OK Blue Conference meet behind Comstock Park. The competition between Cedar Springs, Sparta, and Forest Hills Northern has been pretty intense all season during the OK Blue conference meets. The same held true at conference finals where they all finished within tenths of points of each other. Sparta finished with a 760.9, Cedar had a 760.2, and Forest Hills had a 760.1.
“I have never been in a competition where several teams finished so close within tenths of points like we did at the conference finals,” remarked Coach Pamela Ingles. “It definitely was a good competition, but also very nerve racking when you are waiting for the final scores to be posted to see where everyone stands.”
The Varsity team also competed at the Delta Plex on Saturday, February 12. There were several teams that they could potentially compete against at the Regional competition and also State Finals. The Delta Plex is where State Finals is held, so it is a great competition to get the varsity girls in the arena where they are hoping to be in just a couple of weeks. They competed against 15 Division 2 teams and finished the competition in 5th place. They will continue to work hard all week to make all 3 rounds the best they have been all season to compete at the District Competition at Kenowa Hills on Saturday, February 19 at 10:00. The top 4 teams will advance to the Regional competition next week at GR Christian. Please come out and support the Varsity Cheerleaders at the District competition.
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Posted on 03 February 2011.
This past week has been a roller coaster of emotions for both the JV and Varsity Competitive Cheer teams. Thursday, Cedar Springs hosted an invitational for 14 teams. With the craziness of preparing the High School for a competition that is hosting 14 JV and Varsity teams to warming up all 3 rounds to compete in front of their home crowd, it tends to lend itself to a very busy night. The Varsity team competed against several teams that they will compete against at their district competition in just a few weeks and finished the night with the first place title. The JV team did a great job, but Grandville’s JV team, a D1 team, edged the Red Hawks out of the first place title as the JV finished in 2nd place.
On Saturday, the Varsity Competitive Cheer team traveled to East Kentwood for the LMCCOA Scholarship meet. As the weeks are winding down, the teams are starting to prepare for the upcoming post-season meets. This competition resembled a mini district competition because of the number of teams they competed against that will be in their district at Kenowa Hills HS on February 19.
“It was a close competition right from the beginning. Nine teams were separated by 10 points. There is not much room for error when scores are that close,” said Coach Pam Ingles.
After round 1 was finished, the Red Hawks were in 7th place and had a lot of work to do to move up. They managed to move up to 4th place after round 2, and Sparta was in 1st place going into round 3 by about 4 points. Round 3 would have to be solid and the question remained, “Would it be enough to move up?”
After round 3 was finished, the announcer read the scores. The Red Hawks waited to hear when their name would be called and each time another school was called the excitement grew. It finally came down to the top 2 teams. The 2nd place spot went to Kenowa Hills and the Red Hawks had managed to propel themselves to the 1st place title after having a great round 3 with their highest score of the season in round 3 – 302.5.
“Saturday was a day filled with both fear and excitement. There was that feeling of discouragement when we found out we were in 7th place. Then, sitting there hand in hand with our teammates when they called “1st place goes to….Cedar Springs” was a feeling of empowerment and relief that we reached the top together, as one team!” remarked Junior Kelli Markosky.
With only three weeks left until the district competition, there are still a lot of things that need to be cleaned up to accomplish their goal of making it through the district competition, the regional competition and then onto State Finals. Both teams will be competing at Kenowa Hills on Saturday at 10:00.
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