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Cheer team places fifth at state

The Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer team placed fifth in the state in Division 2 at the Delta Plex last weekend. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Competitive Cheer team made history last week by earning 5th place at the Division 2 State Finals held at the Delta Plex on March 2. 

The Lady Red Hawks, led by seniors Gabby Endres, Melody Hugues, Elayna Male and Emily Pierson showed everyone that Cedar Springs Cheer is a force to be reckoned with. They earned a combined round three score of 771.94, just .7 of a point behind the 3rd place team and beating rival DeWitt, who had bested them in both the Districts and Regional Finals. Filling out the team’s roster is Sarah Adkinson, Zoe Castor, Sophia Dault, Olivia Endres, Olivia Esquivel, Harlow Hovarter, Rylee Kinzinger, Alexis Lee, Paige Pierson, Abbey Salisbury, Cory Shaffer, Nicole Skogster, Morgan Symon, Kira Vander Koii and Jasmine Zimmer.

Coach Anne Olszewski shared her reflections on this season: “It’s hard to explain how much hard work and dedication it takes to be good in competitive cheer. It’s even harder to comprehend how much time and effort it takes to be excellent at it. This team embraced all the goals we set at the beginning of the season and we went for it. I am just so glad we took this team to state finals! A new goal was to compete at the elite level, not just show up and be happy we had advanced that far. The girls worked hard, took instruction and fought through sore muscles, tired bodies and frazzled nerves to finish 5th. Top 5 in the state! I am thrilled, beyond measure, and so excited for the seniors who will be heading off to college in the fall. They finished what they started, and they led a great group of young women along with them. I love competitive cheer and I love this program. I enjoy watching young women set goals and smash them and support one another along the way. They quiet their critics and ignore the naysayers and keep reaching to be the best program they can be. What coach cannot feel lucky to have that? Thank you to the Cedar Springs community, the administration, family and friends for the support at State! This is a day we will never forget!” 

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