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Cheer teams take first in “Think Pink” tournament

Cheer teams take first in “Think Pink” tournament

On Thursday January 7, 16 varsity and junior varsity competitive cheer teams assembled to perform stunts and show their skills in support of breast cancer awareness, research and prevention for the “Think Pink” Invitational Competition hosted by Northview High School.

The teams’ performances proved to be a success for both Varsity and Junior Varsity as the two teams returned home with victories and first place trophies. The Varsity team achieved the highest round 3 score they have had all season.

“Our team was the last Varsity team to finish round 3 and we were behind Kenowa Hills by 7.4884 points. I told the girls they had to go into round 3 and show everyone there how bad they wanted to come back and get first place. The girls listened and we received our highest round 3 score so far for the season—300.7—which put us in 1st place,” said Coach Pam Ingles.

The Red Hawks finished with a 737.9776 total, while Kenowa Hills scored 726.7660. Mona Shores (714.6280) was third. “We knew we were about nine or 10 points behind and we told them they had to go out and sell it,” Ingles said. “They had to show the judges how bad they wanted that first place, and they did. They went out there and nailed it.”

“It’s a lot of hard work to go out on the mat and perform three solid rounds, but our team is more than capable,” said senior Jessica Lewis. “We knew we had to go out and sell it in round 3 in order to pull ahead of Kenowa Hills, and that’s exactly what we did. We stick together and know what it takes, and we’re pushing to reach our goal of making it to State. It all boils down to who’s on-top of their game, and we are not backing down!”

A portion of all proceeds generated from admission to the competition and other sales were donated to the Breast Cancer awareness cause.

The JV took first with a score of 593.7600.

A short two days later on Saturday, January 9, Cedar Springs High School hosted an Invitational Competition with thirteen teams competing.

With one day of practice and hard work between the two competitions, all teams performed well. Cedar Springs and Kenowa Hills Varsity teams met again and all three rounds were close with Cedar Springs scoring record highs in rounds one and two.

Cedar Springs won the first round by 0.1 over Kenowa Hills, while Kenowa edged out Cedar in round two by 0.573 points. The third and final round decided the win and Kenowa Hills came out on top with a score of 288 over Cedar Springs round three score of 287.4.

“It was an extremely close competition between our team and the Kenowa Hills Varsity team, and I was extremely proud of the girls and the scores they received,” said Varsity Coach Pamela Ingles. “I’ve never been in a competition where the scores were that close in each round. Unfortunately, our round 3 had a couple of stunts that came down so that gave Kenowa Hills the chance to edge us out by 1.073 points overall to give them the 1st place position. My girls will come back fighting to clean up our round 3 so that doesn’t happen again.”

“Our team really stuck together and showed what we had in rounds 1 and 2 by getting the highest scores we have ever had, but with cheerleading each competition is a mystery and you never know who is going to have the better day,” stated senior Dakotah Dombak. “We didn’t have a good round 3 on Saturday, but I think it was a good reality check for our team to push harder to reach our overall goal of making it to the State Finals.”

The Junior Varsity did an outstanding job performing at Saturday‘s competition. All 3 rounds were new record highs for the JV team, earning them first place in their competition.

“I was overwhelmed with excitement by they scores we received Saturday!” said JV Coach Anna Ramirez. “The girls performed better than I have ever seen them perform before. I hope they continue to make these huge gains as we begin our conference tournaments and the battle for the conference title.”

The JV finished with a total score of  667.7780.

Both teams look forward to exhibiting their championship form as conference competitions begin this week.

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