The team of 21 Varsity Competitive Cheerleaders had a goal in mind when they walked into the Kenowa Hills gym for their District Competition on Saturday, February 19. They wanted to extend their season by being one of four teams that would qualify to compete at the Regional competition at GR Christian HS on Saturday, February 26. However, they were not the only team at the District Competition that had that goal. Every team dreams of advancing to the next post season competition, but only the top 4 will advance.
“The girls knew they would have to have 3 solid rounds in order to advance and that the competition would be one of the toughest they had faced all season,” said Coach Pamela Ingles.
After round 1, GR Christian was in the lead with a score of 224. The 2nd place team was at 220 and the Red Hawks were in 6th place with a score of 218.3. Second-sixth place were all within about 2 points of each other. That only confirmed how tight the race to the finish would be. After round 2 the Red Hawks had moved up to 2nd place and were still hoping to win the District title. After the girls finished their round 3, they knew that had a chance, but would it be enough to catch Kenowa Hills who was currently in the lead?
When the announcer was getting ready to read the final results, the girls were huddled together in their team circle hoping that they would advance to the Regional competition and extend their season. Fourth place went to Sparta, 3rd place went to Mona Shores, 2nd place went to Cedar Springs, and 1st place went to Kenowa Hills. The team was excited that they would be continuing on.
The next goal is to be in the top 4 at the Regional competition, which is this Saturday at Grand Rapids Christian High School at 10:00 a.m. This competition will be even tougher since it will be combining 3 districts, 12 of the top teams on the west side of the state, and only 4 will advance to the State Finals.
“This team definitely has the talent, potential, and drive to advance to the State Finals again, but we will need 3 solid rounds as I feel this competition will be even tougher that the District Competition,” commented Coach Pamela Ingles.
Please come out and support the girls at GR Christian HS. Starting time is 10:00 and doors will open for spectators at 9:00. Cost for entry will be $5.00 per person.