Jessica McDaniel and her partner stunt group competed in the 2009 College Cheerleading and Dance Team national competition in Orlando, Florida on Friday, January 16, 2009. The four members of the stunt group – Jessica McDaniel (back spot), Meghan Boyer and Marcella Morrill (bases), and Shannon Marconi (flyer) – represented Central Michigan University (CMU). This was the first time in the school’s history that an all-girl partner stunt group was sent to compete in national competition. The cheerleaders were chosen to compete by sending in a video of their routine. Based on this video, they were ranked 14th out of 28 teams before competition. The exciting event took place at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in the Milkhouse Arena. After a thrilling performance, the team placed 12th in the nation. On Saturday, Jan. 17, CMU’s all-girl competitive cheer team also competed. Three former Rockford High School cheerleaders were on the team: freshmen Alex Obetts and Katie Sakala, and senior Ashley DeVries. This was only the second year for the team to compete at nationals, and they were awarded a 10th-place finish.
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Area ski teams have been braving the exceptionally cold weather with the Cannonsburg Slalom Championship on Friday, Jan. 16, and GGRHS varsity race number two on Tuesday night, Jan. 20. Teams and fans from around the Grand Rapids region braved the single digit temperatures for these exciting competitions. In the Cannonsburg Slalom Championship race, racers competed against others in their age or ability class for the opportunity to earn one of the top three spots and permanent recognition on the perpetual trophy at the ski area. The top finishers for Rockford were Michael Dix in seventh place overall and second place in the Open Men’s Division, Taylor Noakes for eighth place overall and second place in the Sophomore Men’s Division, Julie Daukss with ninth place overall and first place in the Open Women’s Division, John Milewski with 10th place overall and third place in the Junior Men’s Division, and Carly Funk in 29th place overall and third place in the Sophomore Women’s Division. Casey Hefferan also had an outstanding race and placed 15th overall. For the varsity race on Tuesday night, Grand Haven once again dominated the competition, winning the women’s slalom with 23 points, followed by Forest Hills Central with 46 points, and Forest Hills Northern and Rockford each with 76 points. Grand Haven women also won in the giant slalom (GS) event with 35 points, followed by Forest Hills Central and Rockford, each with 55 points. Grand Haven’s men also won the GS event with 26 points, followed by East Grand Rapids with 34 points and Rockford with 54. In a tighter competition, the slalom event, East Grand Rapids won with 24 points, followed by Grand Haven with 30 and Rockford with 38. On an individual level, Rockford sophomore Daukss led the region in both events with a first-place finish in both slalom and giant slalom, skiing a full two seconds ahead of her closest competitor. Daukss was backed by Kristyn Macqueen, who placed 14th in slalom and 18th in GS, Funk with sixth in GS, Bethany Hicks with 28th in slalom, and Meredith Buelken with 33rd in slalom and 30th in GS. Ally Schneiter was just outside of scoring range in GS with 33rd place. Other area skiers finishing in top positions […]
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