Evart cheerleading squad focusing on challenging competition

Wildcat coach to retire after 30-plus years

Evart cheerleaders conduct a practice on Monday in the elementary school.

Evart cheerleaders conduct a practice on Monday in the elementary school.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

EVART – Area competitive cheer teams are back in action this week including the Evart wildcats who have a very busy schedule coming up.

Coach Marty Pattee had her girls back in practices this week. Evart had a meet the Wednesday before the start of the holiday break in Marion. Next on the schedule is Jan. 12 in Marion and Jan. 15 at Beal City.

Home meets are set for Jan. 19 and Jan. 29. The Highland Conference meet will be at Evart on Feb. 7.

Pattee has 15 girls on her varsity team. The first round focuses on jumps, the second on compulsories and the third on mounts.

Practices had been in the high school cafeteria but switched to the elementary school’s multi-purpose room. The wrestling team had been in the middle school for practices but switched to the high school cafeteria to allow it more access to the nearby weight room

Pattee also said she will be retiring as competitive cheer coach after 32 years on job. She retired as a teacher at the end of the 2020-21 school year after serving on the elementary and junior high level. Pattee said her current assistant, Taylor Bryant, will be taking over the competitive cheer program when she retires.

“I’ve taught everything from first grade through eighth grade,” Pattee said.

Other schools which have varsity competitive cheer programs are Big Rapids, Pine River and Chippewa Hills. Teams will compete in  district meets on Feb. 18-19 with hopes of qualifying for the regional round on Feb. 26. The state finals are on March 4-5 at the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids.