Evart competitive cheer members confident of strong season

EVART  — It promises to be a unique season for Evart’s girls competitive cheer team.

The Wildcats opened their season at the Houghton Lake Invitational earlier this month. Throughout the season, they’ll be relying on leadership from Karley Gudding and Makayla Wiltse.

Gudding is in her fourth varsity season. She also was in competitive cheer for middle school.

“Last year was a very good season,” she said. “The group is a little younger, but it’s a group of very good girls and they’re catching on very quick. It’s a matter of figuring out how to work as a unit.”

Gudding said her role as a base will be about the same this season.

Wiltse cheered when she was a freshman and then missed the last two.

“It’s my senior year and I might as well do something,” she said.

Wiltse came to the opening of practices in November. She indicated she was able to come back to cheerleading with a smooth transition.

Wiltse indicated she likes round 3, which includes mounts. Gudding also predicted it would be her team’s best round.

“Everyone works very hard on it and it’s enjoyable,” Gudding said. “It’s a fun one.”

Gudding indicated Round 2 might be the most challenging for the team.

“Everything has to be on time and everything has to be the same,” she said. “I want to see everyone improve. I want to help these girls learn what they need to learn to continue after I’m gone.”

The Wildcats have made substantial progress since practices started, Wiltse indicated.

“It’s been team bonding and we’re more in sync,” she said.

As the season progresses, the main goal will be “improving our score and getting better at jumping,” Wiltse said.