Evart fifth, Pine River sixth in competitive cheer invitational

EVART  — Evart and Pine River competitive cheer teams both had a chance to test their skills against several other schools last Wednesday in an invitational at Evart.

St. Louis won the six-team Division 4 portion of the invitational with 647.8 points. East Jordan was second at 639.7, followed by Farwell at 621.34, Marion at 616.52, Evart at 548.83 and Pine River at 507.60.

Evart worked with a five-girl team of Brooklyn Elenbaas, Erin Flowers, Loraine Foster, Karly Gudding and Chasity Nichols.

Pine River, coached by Emilie Crawford and Tiffany Lindquist, had the following girls at the Evart meet: Carrie Coons, Mariah Curtis, Rachel DePew, Rachel Forbes, Andrea Gross, Megan Hammer, Erin Millen, Vicki Moored, Allie Peterson, Caitlyn Schepers and Sarah Zimmerman.

‘“I thought they did very well, considering the changes we’ve gone through,” Crawford said, adding that round 3, which emphasizes stunts and mounts, was the best part of the night for the Bucks. “They worked together as a team, mostly.”

Zimmerman, a junior, said she was proud of the team’s performance.

“We’ve done a lot,” she said. “We lost two of our best girls and had to make do without them. We work together as a family.”

It’s her third season of cheer.

“It’s a little different because a lot of girls on last year’s team decided to quit, but we’ve got some new girls this year and decided to work with what we have,” Zimmerman, a backspotter said. “Together we work so well. I love my fliers and my bases.”

Gross is also a junior.

“It’s been a pretty challenging (season), but I think we’ve come a long way,” she said. “We’re starting to come together.”

Round 2, Gross indicated, is the most challenging round for making progress.

“It takes a lot of skill and having to improve yourselves,” she said.

The Bucks practice each weekday.

“We want to keep improving and keep working hard,” Gross said. “It’s a very positive (sport) and a bonding experience.”

It’s Evart’s only home meet of the season.

“I was proud of my girls,” Evart coach Marty Pattee said. “They improved their standing score by 50 points.”