Evart cheerleaders take third at home meet

EVART — Two local teams, including the host school, finished in the top three at the recent Evart Invitational competitive cheer meet.

Evart finished third in a six-team Division 4. Farwell was first (681.08), Marion second (563.6), Evart third (559.9), Oscoda fourth (521.7), McBain fifth and Pine River sixth.

All teams competed in three rounds with various requirements such as tumbling, precision moves, gymnastics and mounts.

“We missed second by only four points,” Wildcat coach Marty Pattee said. “I think we did a great job. They scored 101 points higher than their last competition, which was really good. They had the second-highest score in round three of any teams here.”

The Wildcats have continually been smooth in that round.

“We’re getting there,” Pattee said. “It’s everything in time. Round 2 probably needs the most work.”

Competing for Evart were Morgan Gallinger, Zandrea Garanen, Jordyn Gillis, Hannah Moore, Kymberly Morrone, Macy Rich and Dana Vore.

"As a team, they stand out,” Pattee said. “They have to. They rely on each other 100 percent. We’re a small team this year, but their heart makes up for it 100 times over.”

The Wildcats don’t have any seniors. Vore is among the juniors on the team and is the only returning cheerleader with experience.

“Today was great,” she said. “From the last competition, we got 100 points better and that’s so big.”

The Wildcats started practices in November and had made a lot of progress, Vore said.

“The key is working together and always having positive attitudes,” she said.

The key to having success in round 3 is “the bases and the timing, an the fliers need to stay tight,” Vore said.