What does it take for a team to prepare for a cheer competition? Hours of practice perfecting motions, jumps, tumbling, and stunting. It’s a sport that some are starting to realize is growing in numbers in Cedar Springs and around the State.
Saturday’s cheer competition was held at Cedar Springs High School and started with 10 middle school teams competing for the first place title. The Red Hawk MS team earned their first first-place finish on Saturday morning. It was also the first time for the 5/6th grade competitive team to exhibition what they have been working on to prepare them for the upcoming years in a sport they already love.
Saturday afternoon would be the start of a busy upcoming schedule for the JV and Varsity teams. Both teams have been working really hard to perfect their rounds. It was a successful afternoon for both teams. For the JV team, they broke the JV records for their highest ever score in Rd 1 – 207 and in Rd 3 – 270.2. They won the JV division and with their final score, they beat several Varsity teams and would have placed 4th out of all the teams that competed that afternoon.
The Varsity team has also been working very hard to fulfill the team motto “Take the Lead” as early as they can in a competition. They were in the lead after round 1 and continued to hold that lead for a 1st place finish.
“We changed a lot of things in our rd 1 and in our rd 3 since our first competition in December,” said Coach Pam Ingles. “The girls did a great job and it is fun to see them finally start to come together and work together to accomplish our goal.”
After the competition was finished, every Cedar Springs cheerleader could be seen proudly wearing their first place medal. “I’m so proud of everyone,” remarked senior Heather Mindler. “They all went out there and worked hard to earn their first place medal!”