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Cheering all the way to states

Notre Dame Prep team members are: top row from left, Coach Sam Mularski, Coach Beth Campbell, Angela Serra, Paige Lombardo, Alyssa Chojnacki, Emily Schiavi, Kayla Piskorowski, Alison Kot, Stephanie George, Alyssa George, Lauren Chojnacki, Gymnastics Coach Chad Berry; middle row, Morgan Gales, Lauren Sadowski, Maggie Crowe, Kennedy Quirk, Lauren Kavanagh, Megan Gowdy, Olivia Riley, Aly Gonzalez, Margaret Michel, Hannah Brzustewicz; bottom row, Faryn Prosser, Lauren Nantel, Lindsey Lombardo, Nicole Sollmer, Kristy Malter, Emily Rodriguez and Hannah Genord. Photo submitted (click for larger version)
March 06, 2013 - Clarkston residents helped their teammates at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep go all the way to the MHSAA Competitive Cheer Division 4 State Finals on Saturday.

The team finished in second place with 765.84 points, scoring 226.7 points in the first round, 223.04 in the second round and 316.10 in the final round. Richmond took first with 768.64 points.

"We have had an amazing season," said Coach Beth Campbell. "We have won first place in every competition except for one where we had suffered an injury and had to replace someone."

Going into the state finals they were picked as one of the top two teams.

"We are definitely vying for the state championship," Campbell said going into the weekend. "We have a wonderful chance."

The road for finals began when they placed first at the MHSAA District competition at Richmond High School, Feb. 15. They scored 772.22 with 230.7 points in the first round, 224.72 in the second round, and 316.8 in the final round.

"It is the first year Notre Dame Prep won the district championship so it was a really big deal," Campbell added. "The program has been improving year after year. This year we had a group of senior leaders who really helped to lead the team. Also the team is very focused on winning. They want to be the best and they are not willing to give it up for anyone."

They finished second in the the MHSAA Regional competition, Feb. 23 with 762.38 points.

They prepared by doing the same things at practice as they had done all season long and not putting pressure on themselves.

Clarkston residents are Kennedy Quirk, Morgan Gales, and Campbell.

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