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Varsity cheer takes first at West Catholic

JV cheer also chalks up wins in competition

Varsity cheer is off to a good start in the OK Gold. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs High School Competitive Cheer program sprung into action last week andanticipate a strong showing in the first year of belonging to the OK Gold conference.

Veteran coach Anne Olszewski is back for her seventh season coaching at CSHS. Seniors Sarah Adkison, Shelby Beeman, Sophia Dault, Isabella Mosqueda, Hannah Pienton and Kathryn Roth bring their experience and strength to this young but talented team. Rounding out the roster are juniors Paige Castor, Meghan Noga, Ariana Rojas, Abbey Salisbury, Lauren Sherburn, Josilyn Slagter, Kira Vander Kooi and Jasmine Zimmer; sophomore Holly Frey, and freshmen Taylor Frey, Layne Kennedy, Kirsten McDonald, Taylor Shadley and Hannah Wright.

The Varsity team earned 4th place at the Cedar Springs Invitational on February 13 and secured first place in Division Two competition at the West Catholic Invitational on February 20.

JV cheer is also showing their talent. Courtesy photo.

Katy Hradsky is also back for her seventh season and very excited for her small but mighty group of dedicated athletes. “Cedar Springs JV Cheer has had an awesome start to the season! These girls have really just wanted to compete and would do so in any capacity. In just one week, we have added more than half of a solid Round 3 and in just two practices, they have cleaned skills and improved enough to earn a 20-point increase from Wednesday (2/17) to Saturday (2/20)! They never cease to amaze me!” The squad consists of sophomores Hannah Britten, Payton Calati, Ellen Nordlund, Clara Soto Suarez and Alexis Taylor, and freshmen Taylor Diemond, Makenna Nichols, Marisol Ramos, Hannah Shears, Trinity Vernon and Lorraine Zain. These hard-working ladies have already earned two first place finishes and one fourth place finish.

The Lady Red Hawks will have only nine guaranteed meets this year, which is quite a contrast from their typical schedule, but they are thankful for the opportunity to compete. They competed in their first OK Gold Conference meet on Monday, February 22 at Forest Hills Eastern and will finish the week at a competition in Mona Shores on Saturday, February 27. Go Red Hawks!

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