by MARY JO HILLS
With a newfound confidence and in true Rockford spirit, the Lady Rams brought their “Time for Change” to the mat in the Competitive Cheer Coaches Association of Michigan Scholarship Invitational at Comstock Park this past weekend.
A strong showing from 22 teams throughout Michigan kicked off the 2011-2012 competitive cheer season. The Rams finished fourth with a total score of 741. Less than a month into the new cheer season, the team received a round one score of 217, round two score of 223, and finished with a round three score of 300—scores typically not seen till the end of season for Rockford.
Grandville placed first with a final score of 773, followed by Hudsonville and East Kentwood.
Coach Dengler commented, “This team is ready to make a name for Rockford Competitive Cheer. The OK Red is stacked with amazing talent. Our goal this season is to break through and be one of the top contending teams in the Red. Our first meet went really well for us. I felt we were scored fairly and the girls were ready to compete. We had fantastic warm-ups for all three rounds and we were able to bring that to the performance mat as well. Yesterday was a great way for teams to perform their new material and give the athletes a chance to shake any nerves off before the pre-conference in a few weeks.”
“The crowd favorite seemed to be our round three,” added Dengler. “I received many complements on it after the competition was done, from other spectators that were there and also other coaches. I was so proud of my team when they left the mat after third round. I loved seeing the sense of accomplishment on their faces. We have worked really hard these past few weeks putting three rounds together, meeting all of the requirements needed for each round and making them performance ready! The team also got a chance yesterday to see what kind of competition we are up against this season. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but this team is willing and ready to finish the dream!”
With 14 cheerleaders returning to the Ram roster this season, the Lady Rams are bringing a new level of maturity and excitement to the mat. The OK Red conference continues its reputation as one of the toughest in the state. It’s sure to be an exciting season as the competition heats up this year.