Plenty to cheer about for Richmond
Plenty to cheer about for Richmond
Posted Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Third, third and second.

Those are the places Richmond's cheer team had finished at Division 3 Finals over the last three seasons, respectively.

This winter, the Blue Devils were ranked No. 1 the entire season -- and seemed destined to finish first for the first time in school history.

Richmond gets this week's Second Half team High 5 for finishing the run, scoring 781.838 point to claim the Division 3 championship Saturday at the Grand Rapids Delta Plex.

"This year, the focus has been on winning. They were not going to finish their season without bringing home this trophy," Richmond coach Kelli Matthes said. "To come into the championship undefeated and finish that way, that says an amazing thing for those kids."

Indeed, the Devils won all of their events this season on the way to a 16-point victory over reigning champion Comstock Park on Saturday. Richmond finished 27 points back of Comstock Park at the 2011 Final, making a strong recovery after losing a teammate to a knee injury during warm-ups.

Richmond relied on a few mottos this season, one about the success that comes with giving one's all, and the other about the price in suffering to be the best.

"We suffered last year, and we're living as champions this year,"  senior Kelsey Kasom said.

"We just stayed focused on ourselves," Matthes said. "I preached tunnel vision to our kids, and that's what we did."


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