EVART  —  The Evart cheerleaders would have preferred to have been in the regionals last weekend and trying to earn a spot for the state finals this weekend.

The Wildcats had the districts at home in mid-February and needed to place fourth to advance to the regionals. They placed a strong sixth to end the season.

“I gave it my all like everyone else did,” said Megan Green, a senior, “There’s a couple of places where we could have done better.”

The districts being at home and with a larger crowd “was more intimidating that our (home invitational) Monday. There were more people here,” Green said.

But the previous home meet helped the Wildcats get accustomed to the settings, she said.

Green said Round 3, which includes the mounts, was the best round. it was the highest score for the Wildcats.

“We’re used to it,” she said of the challenges of that round. “We go to a gym place in Grand Rapids.”

Green is going to miss the competitive cheer events.

“I love every one of our girls,” she said. “I’m glad I had my senior year with them.”

Kelly Lloyd, another Evart senior, said the squad made plenty of progress.

At districts, “I think we did really good,” she said. “Round 3 was really good. Every stunt went and all of our tumbling went.”

This was her fourth cheer season and Lloyd said it was one of the best.

Having the final event at home “motivated us,” Lloyd said. “We wanted it so bad.”

She said she’ll miss the stunting action the most.