Evart cheer coach reflects on her final season

Martha Pattee: 'I will truly miss coaching'

Martha Pattee recently finished her 32nd and final season as Evart's cheer coach.

Martha Pattee recently finished her 32nd and final season as Evart's cheer coach.

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EVART — After 32 years, Evart High School’s competitive cheer coach Martha Pattee is officially calling it a career with the conclusion of the 2021-22 season.

Pattee expressed her thoughts on stepping away from the position after more than three memorable decades in charge.

“I have been blessed to have had so many wonderful athletes,” Pattee said. “I will truly miss coaching, but I will be involved in many areas.”

It wasn’t always smooth sailing for the Wildcat cheer team this year, and the girls were faced with their fair share of obstacles along the way. Whether it was COVID and other illnesses or injuries, Pattee’s final squad had to battle virtually all season long.

“The team grew as a whole, and there was never a time that I felt they had given up, which would have been easy to do, but they didn’t,” Pattee said. 

Pattee said one of the highlights of the season was her team’s performance at the Cheer on the Lake competition in Houghton Lake. For the Wildcats, this competition represented one of the top moments of the season.

“We had some athletes that stepped up and we did really well that day,” Pattee said. “We also improved our team morale, and we were able to set our sights on what we still needed to do.”

Pattee also talked about Evart’s four seniors — Mari Flachs, Alexis Price, Emily Beemer and Makayla Locke — for their continued efforts during the last four seasons.

“Each one contributed in their own way and will be greatly missed,” Pattee said. 

Lexie Keathley, Maddie Cook, Annabelle Cornell, Brookelin Gipson, Caroline VanAssche, Dakota Lucha, Gabby Banner and Savanna Cooper are expected to return for next season. 

Taking the reins of the team next season will be Taylor Bryant, who is a familiar face with the Evart cheer program.

Pattee said the Wildcats will be lucky to have Bryant come aboard as the new coach.

“Taylor is one of my former cheerleaders who has gone out and made a name for herself,” Pattee said. “She has coached on our staff previously, and she is a great asset to the program. I couldn’t be more proud of Taylor, and I know she will do great things as she takes this program over.”