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Cheer takes first

Cheerleaders celebrate first place. Photo provided (click for larger version)
February 05, 2014 - Lady Wolves showed off their enthusiasm and spirit in three cheer competitions and finished each one in the top three.

The competitive cheer team, with a combination of seventh graders from Sashabaw Middle School and eighth graders from Clarkston Junior High School, ended the season at Grand Blanc's Bobcat Classic, Jan. 25.

They finished in first place at Bobcat Classic as they scored a combination of 383.2 after two rounds.

"It was amazing," said Nicole Schmidt, one of the three coaches. "It was so exhilarating watching them wait for the judges to announce who was coming up in third, second and first. When they heard their names they were so excited - they were jumping up and down."

It wasn't the first competition they finished in first place - they opened the season taking first place in Oxford's Mardi Gras Mambo, Jan. 11.

Schmidt explained it was a competition they wouldn't forget. The cheer team started the morning off stuck in the snow in one of the area neighborhoods and were running 45 minutes late.

"When we entered their emotions were already high and they were nervous," Schmidt recalled. "To win that one was more special. We got stuck, we still made it and we won. It was the cherry on the ice cream. It showed they were able to overcome some obstacles and still do well."

The Lady Wolves finished Rochester's Royal Rumble in third place on Jan. 18.

"They looked great in all the competitions but the last competition they really pulled together as a team," Schmidt said. "They worked hard. They did awesome. They really deserved it they put a lot of hard work into this."

For all three of the competitions they were also with the JV and varsity cheer teams.

"It was really neat for them to support and cheer them on and be advocates for each other and bring the Clarkston cheer community together," Schmidt said.

They practiced together twice a week along with cheering at basketball games and their regular practices. It was the first time the grades were combined for one team.

"We decided to make it more competitive for ourselves and we would combine the best of the best from our teams," said Schmidt.

"The cheerleaders were tough contenders, demonstrating a high level of stunting, tumbling and intricate choreography," added parent Cristina Klaiber.

The seventh grade team from Sashabaw Middle School is Chloe Davis, Lexi Davis, Kylie Eckler, Taj Hall, McKenna Klaiber, Chloe Johnson, Richanda Mason, Emily Reynolds, Courtney Ross, Kate Rusnell and Breana Schmidt.

The Clarkston Junior High School eighth grade team is Ashley Becker, Taylor Davis, Hannah Dehart, Caitlin Dicker, Peyton Hodges, Courtney Jacob, Alex Lemanski, Lila Ninotti, Jacqulyn Pastula, Lauren Polick, Caroline Rock, Colby Rouse, Taylor Stone and Elizabeth VanHeulen.

The coaches are Schmidt, Megan Francis, Carly Williams and assistant coach Alexis Rouse.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007. Follow Clarkston sports on Twitter @CNewsWRSports.
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