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Cheer teams dominate with first place finishes

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The Cedar Springs Middle School Cheer Team.

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.

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The Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer Team.

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!”

5th and 6th grade Cheer team

Cedar Springs 5th & 6th grade Cheer team.

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The Cedar Springs JV Cheer Team.

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Competitive Cheer wins first match at Comstock Park

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Varsity Competitive Cheer team. Photo by P. Wolters

Saturday, December 11th marked the official beginning for the JV and Varsity Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer teams. Both teams competed at Comstock Park on Saturday for the CCCAM (Competitive Cheer Coaches Association of Michigan) Scholarship Invitational. With only four weeks to prepare three rounds of material to perform for the judges and the crowd, the Red Hawks had a lot to get finished.
“It’s nice to finally have scores from judges to see what we need to continue to work on throughout the season. It gives us a good starting point with the judges feedback,” said Coach Pam Ingles.
Comstock Park was one of six locations around the state that hosted a CCCAM Scholarship Invitational. All the money raised from the team entry fees, spectator fees, and t-shirt sales is put towards the scholarship fund. Last year $30,000 was awarded to seniors throughout the state! That is the largest scholarship amount given away from any high school coaches association. CCCAM is hoping to give away more money in scholarships this year with adding additional sites for the competitions.

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JV Competitive Cheer team. Photo by P. Wolters

JV and Varsity both won their division at the competition to start off their season! JV scores were: rd 1 – 170.3, rd 2 – 151.8020, rd 3 – 235.3, total – 557.4020. Varsity scores were: rd 1 – 205, rd 2 – 203.0870, rd 3 – 265.3, total – 673.3870.
Their next competition will be on Saturday, January 8, at Cedar Springs High School.

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