REED CITY -- Jennifer Warden is the new coach of a Reed City competitive cheer team that is gearing up for its season opener on Jan. 12.

Warden takes over for Amanda Powers, who had been coaching the team before turning over the reins to Warden, who had been helping out for three seasons.

The new coach will have 16 girls on the varsity team. There is no JV squad.

The team has been working out since Nov. 7. Several of the girls had offseason opportunities to cheer

“Most of our competitions will be Saturday,” Warden said. “We have one on a Wednesday (at Evart Jan. 30).”

Warden has several returning cheerleaders.

Key returners include juniors Elisa Fasbender, Taylor Jones and Krysta Austin.

“They shock me...they show skills for extra points in rounds 2 and 3,” Warden said.

“It’s awesome to see that. We started stunting a few weeks ago. I think the girls will go a long way this season.”

Round one in competitive meets include jumps and cheers.

The second round includes precision gymnastics while the third round features mounts.

“I  think our strongest round will be round 2,” Warden said.

“Round 3 will be a close runner-up because of the stunting skills we’ve developed this season.”