EVART — Macey Rich is having a strong season for the Evart competitive cheer squad and is hoping to help the Wildcats finish the season strong.

It’s her first year on the varsity.

She moved to the area from Swartz Creek.

“It’s completely different here,” she said. “It’s a smaller team.”

She’s enjoyed performing on squads where the sport is taken seriously.

Rich is at the base position.

“Timing, focusing,” is the key in having a strong performance at her spot, Rich said.

One of the top performances for Evart was second in early January at its home invitational.

“I think they did great, I’m so proud of them,” Rich said.

Evart finished second in a home meet last week. The Wildcats were slated to have two meets this week at Marion as the season hits the homestretch.

Evart is scheduled to be at the districts later this month.

Other upcoming meets have not yet been posted on the schedule. But the districts are set for later in February, followed by the regionals and the state finals.

Kymberley Morrone is another key junior for Evart. She’s usually a base and agreed that timing is critical. It’s her first year for cheer.

“I decided to try something new,” she said. “It’s been pretty good. it’s harder than what I expected. It’s all the work behind it. Once you’re behind the scenes, it’s harder than what you expect. It’s a lot of hard work.”

The team needs work on round 3 which involves mounts, Morrone added.

“Our team is improving a lot from what we started out,” she said.