Area cheer meets set this week

CHEER: Reed City and Evart cheerleaders performed at Saturday's Chippewa Hills Invitational. (Herald Review photos/John Raffel)
CHEER: Reed City and Evart cheerleaders performed at Saturday’s Chippewa Hills Invitational. (Herald Review photos/John Raffel)

REED CITY — It’s a big week for area competitive cheer teams.

Evart is hosting a meet on Wednesday, which is expected to have 16 entries. Reed City has an invitational on Saturday called “Cheer Your Heart Out.”

Evart won Division 4 and Reed City was second in Division 3, behind Chippewa Hills in a cheer meet Saturday at Chip Hills.

“The girls did wonderful today, I am so impressed,” said Reed City coach Jen Worden. “These are the best scores we’ve had all season. Most of the scores are the best we’ve had in all the years we’ve been doing competitive cheer. I’m super impressed with what we did today.”

Round 1 was the best round for the Coyotes, Worden noted.

It was the second competition of the year for Reed City.

“The girls have improved so much,” Worden said. “They improved by about 130 points from the first competition. That is wonderful. They did a great job.”

Elisa Fasbender, is a junior with the Coyotes in her third year of competitive cheer.

“It’s the best we’ve ever done,” she said. “We worked hard this last week, I’m so proud of everyone on the team. “Round 3, which features mounts, might have been the team’s best round, Fasbender said.

“We worked on that so hard for the whole week,” she said.

Saturday’s meet feature proceeds going to the American Heart Association. There will be 10 teams competing including Evart and Pine River.

“We’re going to go for first but we’re going to have to work hard,” Fasbender said.

Evart coach Marty Pattee was smiling over her team’s first place effort.

“We were extremely lucky that we had girls that could fill in today,” said Pattee. “I had a girl who had the flu. I have enough depth so I can have someone step up and fill a role and still pull off a win. I think they did very well considering they had to change. We have to make sure we’re strong for our home competition on Wednesday.”

There will be 16 teams at Wednesday’s meet.

Taylor Hoffmeyer, is a junior for the Wildcats.

“It was not our personal best but it was pretty good,” Hoffmeyer said at Saturday’s meet, adding that her team has improved “a lot. We have to try our hardest at practice.”

The third round was the team’s best but there needs to be work on the first round, Hoffmeyer indicated.

“We want to make it past districts,” she said.

It’s Hoffmeyer’s third year of competitive cheer.

“We’re a pretty young team,” she said.