RHS cheer team’s dream getting closer

by MARY JO HILLS

Audrey Dornan and Kaitlin Castor compete in round one at East Kentwood. Photo by MIKE HILLS

The Rockford High School Rams varsity competitive cheerleading team’s time is here. Finishing second in the East Kentwood Falcon Invitational on January 12 and fourth in the West Ottawa Invitational on January 14, the Lady Rams are proving to be a top contender in the OK Red conference.

At Thursday’s invitational, East Kentwood (EK) finished on top with a final score of 771 with Rockford finishing second, just two points behind, with a final score of 769. Grandville finished third with a final score of 763.

Natalee Johnson and Kaylee Taucher compete in round three at East Kentwood. Photo by MIKE HILLS

The Saturday meet at West Ottawa confirmed the toughness of the OK Red, as the top three finished within four points. The Hudsonville Eagles finished first with a top score of 802.4. EK finished second with a score of 802.35, West Ottawa a close third with 798, and the Lady Rams fourth with a final score of 752.

The excitement of Rockford seniors Audrey Dornan and Natalee Johnson shows this year.

“Hitting all three of our rounds is a huge accomplishment,” said Dornan. “I could not have been more proud of my team on Thursday. We are the underdog in the OK Red, but now we’ve proven we are just as talented as all the other teams. We are ready to work and do whatever it takes to finish our dream.”

Rockford’s varsity competitive cheerleaders perform round three at West Ottawa. Photo by MIKE HILLS

Johnson commented, “I couldn’t ask for a better team to share my last season of cheer with! This year our team is stepping up our game and really working hard! We are putting all of our heart and soul into our cheers, especially when we’re on the floor! I believe in this team, it is finally OUR year! Rockford is back!”

The Lady Rams’ next competitions will be Saturday, Jan. 21 in Hudsonville, starting at 1 p.m., and Monday, Jan. 23 in Comstock Part at 6 p.m.

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