Reed City cheerleaders third at home meet
REED CITY — It was a successful day of cheering Saturday at Reed City Middle School with Mason County Central slipping past Chippewa Hills for first-place honors.
After three rounds of competitive cheer, MCC compiled 639.3406 points compared to 623.9044 for Chippewa Hills, 512.1220 for Reed City and 430.0028 for Holton.
The official name of the meet was “Cheer Your Heart Out.”
Proceeds from the sale of T-shirts went to the American Heart Association. There was also a Gift of Life table where interested persons could sign up to be an organ donor.
“I’m so proud of the girls,” said Reed City coach Amanda Powers. “We had some injuries this week and the girls came together and worked as a team, did what was best for the team and it really showed.”
Competitive cheer meets consist of three performance rounds. Round 1 consists of leadership skills and two required jumps. The second round employs various skills and gymnastics while Round 3 deals with stunts and mounts.
After the first round, Chippewa Hills had the lead with a 195.9 score compared to 186.7 for Mason County Central, 174.8 for Reed City and 155.2 for Holton.
“Round 1, we scored the highest we ever have for that round,” Powers said. “Round 3 is where we had some injuries and put people in for the first time. They were able to step up and make it happen.”
After Round 2, MCC went up with 381.2406 points compared to 371.1044 for Chippewa Hills, 295.222 for Reed City and 267.0028 for Holton.
Heather Huss, a junior flyer for the Coyotes, was also satisfied with her team’s performance.
“All of my stunts went really good and my back layout went really good,” she said, adding that in Round 1, “we hit all of our motions really stiff and no one messed up. Our biggest improvement is probably hitting our stunts.”
Reed City is at Houghton Lake on Saturday.
“Our goal is to score higher than our previous competition,” Huss said.
Reed City also competed at the Evart multi-team meet on Jan 25. The varsity team struggled while the middle school team placed second, Powers noted.
On Jan. 28, the Coyotes were at the Chippewa Hills Invitational.
“We were only one point away from third place in our division (at Chippewa Hills),” said Powers. “They did very well with their round 3. They’re showing confidence with that now. They’re having fun with it.”
The Wildcats performed at Brethren on Saturday and took third place.
“It was not our best day,” said Evrt coach Marty Pattee. “We’re going to start working toward districts. Things will tighten up for that.”
Evart will host the Division 4 districts. The Wildcats hope to be one of the four teams that advance to regionals.
“It depends on how well they perform,” Pattee said.
Pine River placed third at Marion on Wednesday and took second place in a meet Saturday at Brethren.
“The girls have been very consistent,” said Pine River coach Tiffany Lindquist, whose team performs at Houghton Lake on Saturday.
Pine River took second place behind Marion in a meet Jan. 25 at Evart.