Evart cheerleaders take third place at home meet

EVART — Evart enjoyed a third-place finish at its competitive cheer invitational on Saturday in a six-team varsity division.

Farwell took first place (665.22 points), while Marion was second (618.06), and Evart third (600.94). Also in the division were Oscoda (586.76), Pine River (510.5) and Manistee (506.72).

The Wildcats had a 198.2 in the first round 184.44 in the second and 238.3 in the third.

“My girls did a really good job in rounds 1 and 2,” Evart coach Marty Pattee said. “They increased their scores greatly. Like in Round 1, they increased their scores by 38 points and 27 in round 2. We have a rough patch in round 3 and got a penalty.”

Round 3 involves stunts and mounts.

“It’s all things that can be easily fixed with a little hard work,” Pattee said, adding teams can increase their points when their moves in round 3 are “crisper and in unison. You want good vocals. You want the team to look as one. You want everything to have a smooth flow to it.”

The competition “was tough,” Pattee said. “We had some good teams at the varsity level. I didn’t know for sure where we would wind up when it all came down. I was a little worried when we got a penalty.”

Competing for the Wildcats were Dana Vore, Erin Flowers, Brooklynn Elenbaas, Halee Gillis, Mariah Fisher, Shantelle Nicoletta, Chasity Nichols, Loraine Foster, Nataleigh Burhans and Amber Way.

“Dana Vore did a great job,” Pattee said. “She’s worked hard on her stunting. Everything work well for her.”

Marion was the only JV entry. Evart was one of four middle school entries and took first place (321.98).

Evart is at Farwell on Saturday.