EVART \u2013 Abbigail Boyd is in various different sports at Evart, but admits to having a special relationship with competitive cheer. It\u2019s her junior season and this marks the third on the varsity level. \u201cWe went to regionals our freshman year and last year we were two places from going to regionals,\u201d Boyd said. \u201cBut they\u2019ve been going great. We\u2019re working together as a team.\u201d Boyd is usually a tumbler for the Wildcats. The key to having success is \u201cstrengthening your legs and your arms,\u201d Boyd said. Wearing facemasks have been a challenge, Boyd said in preseason comments. \u201cThe masks are very stressful,\u201d she said. \u201cThey cause a lot of people anxiety. We\u2019ve had trouble with putting our words out. It\u2019s a day-to-day thing.\u201d As the season finally started in February, the MHSAA put the following statement out on masks and cheerleaders: \u201cTeams may compete without testing or face coverings, but must wear masks at all times outside of active competition or stunting\/tumbling practice.\u201d Winter practices were not in session during Nov. 16 and Jan. 16. \u201cIt was very frustrating,\u201d Boyd said. \u201cIt was like they told us we could have practice then they told us we couldn\u2019t. A lot of people got depressed in those areas. Our team got really down.\u201d But on Feb. 8, the teams got the green light to start contact practices. During the lockdown, \u201cwe worked on things at home,\u201d Boyd said. This year\u2019s team \u201cis pretty good right now,\u201d she said during the preseason. \u201cWe\u2019re doing pretty good for what we have.\u201d Boyd said the team\u2019s strongest round is No. 1 which features motions and choreography. Round 2 features team tumbling. Round three features mounts and tumbling. \u201cOur team is very great,\u201d Boyd said. \u201cIt\u2019s coming out well. If we keep going the way we are, we\u2019ll make it to state.\u201d Boyd also is in track and field, and throws the shot and discus. There was no track team this season, but Boyd is looking forward to this spring. Practice season started on March 22.