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Meeting of Rivals Goes Richmond's Way

Meeting of Rivals Goes Richmond's Way
Saturday, March 2, 2019
For four straight years, Richmond came up just short. For four straight years, Richmond had to watch arch rival Pontiac Notre Dame Prep hoist the championship trophy and swallow the bittersweet pill of finishing No. 2.
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Superior Round 3 Clinches P-W Title Win

Superior Round 3 Clinches P-W Title Win
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Pewamo-Westphalia senior Kelsey Russell wiped away her happy tears and summed up the greatest afternoon of her life. “That is the best Round 3 we’ve ever had,” said Russell, a first-team all-state selection last year. “We nailed all of our stunts...
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Gibraltar Carlson Conquers D2 Again

Gibraltar Carlson Conquers D2 Again
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Nothing can slow down the Gibraltar Carlson competitive cheer dynasty. The Marauders – who had won 10 MHSAA titles, including seven of the past eight in Division 2 – came into this season with a first-year coach and just three seniors. No worries, as the yo...
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Stoney Creek Finishes Climb with Sweep

Stoney Creek Finishes Climb with Sweep
Friday, March 1, 2019
Back in January, it didn’t look like this would be the breakthrough year for Rochester Hills Stoney Creek competitive cheer. But the Cougars hit their stride at just the right time, overcoming a second-place conference finish by winning MHSAA District and Regiona...
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D4 Preview: Hopefuls Seek to Join Elite

D4 Preview: Hopefuls Seek to Join Elite
Friday, March 1, 2019
Hudson joined the list of elite small-school competitive cheer programs last winter when it won its first Division 4 Finals championship. Could another rising team do the same Saturday?
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D3 Preview: New Contenders Aim to Rise

D3 Preview: New Contenders Aim to Rise
Friday, March 1, 2019
For five straight seasons, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep has finished first and Richmond second at the Division 3 Competitive Cheer Finals at Grand Rapids Delta Plex. Over the past two weekends, they’ve faced off twice again – the Fighting Irish winning the Distr...
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D2 Preview: Downriver Powers Set Tone

D2 Preview: Downriver Powers Set Tone
Friday, March 1, 2019
Gibraltar Carlson and Allen Park have combined to win the last 11 Division 2 competitive cheer championships and also earn five of the runner-up places during that time. The Downriver League rivals will be favorites again at Saturday’s Division 2 Finals at the Gr...
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D1 Preview: Opportunities Abound

D1 Preview: Opportunities Abound
Friday, March 1, 2019
A year ago, Sterling Heights Stevenson won its first MHSAA Finals in competitive cheer. Five more Division 1 teams will look to do the same at Friday’s Division 1 championship meet at the Grand Rapids Delta Plex. But the past champs will provide plenty of competi...
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Meridian Grows with Seniors Into Contender

Meridian Grows with Seniors Into Contender
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Katie Blanchard knew she and her Sanford Meridian competitive cheer teammates had something special even before they placed fourth at the 2016 MHSAA Division 4 Final. Now that the six freshmen who made up the bulk of that team are seniors, everyone else knows it, too.
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Notre Dame Reloads, Runs Streak to 5

Notre Dame Reloads, Runs Streak to 5
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep competitive cheer coach Beth Campbell was being honest when she stated that she believed the program could possibly be in rebuilding mode this season. As Saturday night came to a close, that prediction couldn’t have ended up farther from t...
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Hudson Completes Championship Climb

Hudson Completes Championship Climb
Saturday, March 3, 2018
The Hudson competitive cheer team has been a staple at the MHSAA Finals for nearly two decades with 19 appearances, including 18 straight.  But the Tigers had been unable to reach the pinnacle of the sport.
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Carlson Reclaims D2 Cheer Supremacy

Carlson Reclaims D2 Cheer Supremacy
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Last season, the Gibraltar Carlson competitive cheer team felt the pain of watching an unprecedented streak come to an end, by the smallest of margins, at the MHSAA Division 2 Final. The Marauders redeemed themselves a year later, and reclaimed the title that eluded th...
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Stevenson Returns, Leaves as D1 Champion

Stevenson Returns, Leaves as D1 Champion
Friday, March 2, 2018
Sterling Heights Stevenson competitive cheer coach Brianna Verdoodt clutched the hardware in her hands as tightly as she could. “I’m sleeping with this tonight,” Verdoodt declared after her team made school history Friday at the MHSAA Division 1 Final...
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Preview: Historic Opportunities Await

Preview: Historic Opportunities Await
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
It’s easy to name some of the powers that have dominated Michigan competitive cheer over the years – and most of them will return to the MHSAA Finals this weekend in Grand Rapids. But two of this year's title favorites are among 21 seeking to win a champion...
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Falcons Giving Coach Champion Send-Off

Falcons Giving Coach Champion Send-Off
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
As a freshman, Kylie Dunn remembers when she received the letter stating that she had made the East Kentwood competitive cheer team. “When I got on the team I was super thankful to Coach, and I’ve been working my butt off just to prove to her how thankful I...
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Soaring Stevenson Building On Big Finish

Soaring Stevenson Building On Big Finish
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
The best parts of last season never really ended for the Sterling Heights Stevenson competitive cheer team. And to look at it another way, this season’s fabulous run got its start during the closing weeks of last year’s march to a Division 1 runner-up finis...
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Schmitz Makes Most of Many Opportunities

Schmitz Makes Most of Many Opportunities
Friday, January 12, 2018
When Madysen Schmitz was a freshman in high school, she told Morenci athletic director Kay Johnson she was going to earn 16 varsity letters with the Bulldogs. Schmitz was wrong. If all goes as planned, she’ll earn 18.
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Paw Paw Cheer Prepping to Shine Again

Paw Paw Cheer Prepping to Shine Again
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
When Madison Boven was in middle school, her world came crashing down. Both of her parents were involved in drugs and Children’s Protective Services took Boven and her three sisters away, giving control to their great-grandmother. They have lived with her the las...
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Inspired Notre Dame Prep Runs Streak to 4

Inspired Notre Dame Prep Runs Streak to 4
Saturday, March 4, 2017
The Fight for Four took on a whole different meaning for the Pontiac Notre Dame Prep competitive cheer team this season. While the Fighting Irish pursued a fourth straight Division 3 title Saturday night, the squad also was committed to honoring a 2013 graduate, Kris...
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Fewer in Number, Huskies Just as Mighty

Fewer in Number, Huskies Just as Mighty
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Breckenridge possessed the smallest competitive cheer team in terms of numbers among the eight in Saturday’s MHSAA Division 4 Final. Being fewer in number, however, didn't prevent the Huskies from adding another championship to their already remarkable resume.
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