2014-02-20 / Sports

Competitive cheer advances to regionals


The Emerald Competitive cheer team will compete at regionals this weekend in downstate East Jordan. Competition is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday. A portion of the squad is pictured competing at the Emerald Cheer Invitational earlier in the season. 
Pioneer Tribune photo The Emerald Competitive cheer team will compete at regionals this weekend in downstate East Jordan. Competition is set to begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday. A portion of the squad is pictured competing at the Emerald Cheer Invitational earlier in the season. Pioneer Tribune photo EAST JORDAN – The Emerald competitive cheer team is heading to Sparta this weekend to compete at regionals.

The Manistique squad competed at districts in East Jordan over the weekend, taking third place in Districts No. 24-4 out of a slate of nine teams.

Munising followed suit with their 2013 performance and took first in the division with a score of 723.88.

Falling in second with a combined score of 715.68 was Houghton Lake.

Posting their highest round one and two scores of the season, the Emeralds finished the event with a three clean round score of 710.04.

Prior to this competition, the Emeralds high round one score was 218.1. At East Jordan, they posted a 226.9. In round one, the squad is judged on two different jumps, vocals, floor mobility, team coordination, execution, general impression and difficulty and variety.

In round two, they notched it up again posting a high of 199.64, knocking down their previous round two score of

196.66. Teams are required to select five skills from three categories: flexibility, jumping and tumbling. Within each category there is a difficulty multiplier that is used for scoring.

At regionals on Saturday, the Emeralds will take to the mat last in round one out of 12 teams. In round two they will appear ninth and in the final round they drew fourth. Competition is set to begin at 6 p.m.

This will be the last regional appearance Head Coach Kim Hayward will have with the Emeralds. Hayward announced earlier in the year she will be retiring after this season.

Results: Munising 723.88 (232.1, 208.18. 283.6); Houghton Lake 715.68 (224.6, 210.28, 280.8); Manistique 710.04 (226.9, 199.64, 283.5); Norway 688.10 (218.7, 195.80, 273.6); East Jordan 682.80 (212.2, 192.50, 278.1); Marion 654.70 (205.3, 177.10, 272.3); Farwell 640.98 (205.2, 181.28 -8, 262.50); Tawas 622.46 (207.2, 170.36 -10, 254.9); Brethren 193.1, 155.20, 264.5)

Championship coverage will be available on the MHSAA.tv website. If viewers did not purchase the complete package, a day pass is available for $9.95. The event will be available for free on-demand viewing on Wednesday the week following live airing.

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