Rockford Rams cheerleaders fight back

Rockford varsity cheer team of Kayleigh Vanpeursem, Charlye Meuser, Abby Brown, Mattie Ek, Torri Mills, Jordyn Hills, Alicia Spees, Nicole Siderius, Hali Cole, Haley Hegal, Courtney Beals, Alex Schaap, Mariah Sapp, Paige Mather and Taylor Greer compete at the DeltaPlex.

by MARY JO HUMPHREYS-HILLS

The Rockford varsity competitive cheer team has performed well the last couple of meets. After placing second in front of a home crowd on February 3, they went on to place 12th at the PR meet on February 13 at the DeltaPlex.

Rockford was host to nine freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams from throughout West Michigan. The cheer teams performed amazing stunts and acrobatics to astound a packed stadium. The Rockford varsity team scored 224 in round one and 248 in round two to finish with a final score of 768.

The exciting PR meet at the DeltaPlex was packed with some of the best teams throughout Michigan. Rockford scored 215 in round one and 237 in round two to finish with a final score of 745.

Rockford senior Mariah Sapp, a three-year veteran of the team, is a cornerstone to the varsity squad. Although she is one of the hardest workers, she is also the creator of the “joke circle,” keeping the ladies smiling and laughing throughout practice and competitions. Sapp’s goals are to keep the team improving every day and keep focused on the outcome of the season.

“The team has the best attitude, it is so easy to have fun,” said Sapp.

Coach Kathy Jo Resseguie remarked, “These ladies want to be here and are a lot of fun to coach. They continue to improve work on scores with a full team back on the floor. This is a great group of athletes who continue to push each other every day. We have seen so much improvement from the beginning of the season until now, and hope the progress continues until our peaking moment. We continue to strive to hit all three rounds at one meet and, when we do, I feel the rewards of all their hard work will be evident.”

Assistant Coach Mary Hurt enjoys working with the team and looks forward to refining the routines with a full 16 on the floor for the next competition.

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