Dedication pays off, competitive cheer breaks 700

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Dedication pays off, competitive cheer breaks 700

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As the competition cheer team took the mat on Wednesday Jan 7, they had no idea that they would reach their biggest goal of the season.

Breaking 700 means that their combined score between the three rounds in the competition was higher than 700 points. The more difficult and technical the round, the higher the score. Mistakes in the round result in point deductions.

“It means so much considering we’ve been working so hard to reach this goal. It just shows all of our dedication paid off.” junior Morgan Lowrey stated. “It felt amazing and almost unbelievable because we’ve had this goal for so long.”

Placing 5th, just 10 points behind Livonia Stevenson, the lady rockets were extremely proud of their achievement, but also a little disappointed. The top four teams from the competition move onto another competition that you must qualify for; so again, the girls just missed that by only 10 points.

However, the girls are not slowing down now; they already have another goal in mind.

“Our next major goal is to have team tucks in round 2.” senior and captain Tammy Spadacini stated. A back tuck is a cheerleading flip in which the cheerleaders feet move forward and their head moves back while they flip. This is all done from a standing position; although it can be done in a tumbling sequence with other flips.

Throughout the season, the girls have met many other goals (for example breaking 700), but time is running out.

With only five competitions left, the girls are starting to realize that the season is almost over. They have five seniors that will not be with them again next year; which will be very different for the team.

“I will miss the adrenaline rush that I feel when I run onto the mat. That is an irreplaceable feeling. I will also miss the girls that have made this sport a family.” junior Shannon Blevins

The girls have just four more competitions left to meet their last goals of the season; the pressure is on. Even though the season is almost over, and they still have more goals to reach, one thing the cheerleaders are is proud.

The girls have not only been competing and reaching new skills as a team; they have really been molded into a “family”.

Future Competitions

KLAA Championships- Sat, Feb 8 from 8am-4pm at Hartland High School

City Championship Meet- Mon, Feb 10 from 6pm-8pm at Home

Pinckney Blackout Invite- Mon, Feb 17 from 9:30am-5pm at Pinckney High School

Districts- Sat, Feb 22 from 8am-4pm at Plymouth High School