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Cheer teams take second at Northview

The Cedar Springs Varsity Competitive Cheer team came in second at the LMCCOA Scholarship Invitational last Saturday. Courtesy photo.

On Saturday, February 1, the Lady Red Hawks traveled to Northview High School to compete in the LMCCOA Scholarship Invitational. Many of the best teams in West Michigan were present at this event and each team (32 overall) came prepared to win. Once again, the character of this team was tested by adversity when a teammate injured her wrist during warm-ups the morning of the meet. 

“We had an injury during warm-ups that sent one of our girls to the ER. We had to scramble hard and add someone to round 2 and 3. Last minute changes to detailed rounds are always the most dicey thing to do with our sport,” explained Coach Anne Olszewski. “Competitive Cheer rules require round 1 and 3 to match in the number of athletes on the mat, or suffer a 10 point penalty. We stunted only three groups and the fourth group had to sell it with all the attitude and enthusiasm they had. I am so proud of this team and this program! The parents in the stands that stood up and screamed for their kids to press on taught them that someone has their backs through any adversity we come across!” 

Despite the challenges and anxiety, the Varsity team performed strongly and ended round two in first place by .36 of a point! With a spirit of determination and perseverance, the team gave it all they had for round three and earned a very respectable score of 311.4 and slipped into second place, trailing first place Mona Shores by only 5.84 points. 

Coach Olszewski praised the team. “What to take away from this? A little wisdom about what this sport takes and that these girls are not quitters. They fought hard. I am 1000 percent impressed and proud of these girls and what they accomplished this Saturday…each week they amaze me!”

The JV squad also continues to face adversity and despite challenges placed 2nd against the teams in the Division 2 JV bracket with a combined round three score of 569.3. “Another week battling illness for our JV program. The remaining girls stepped up and covered positions for their ill teammates and did so without any complaint. I am very proud of the way these girls keep rolling with the punches, week after week,” a proud Coach Katy Hradsky commented.

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