Houghton Lake cheers to the top at Cheer on the Lake, Gaylord
Cheer on the Lake
The Bobcats’ annual Cheer on the Lake Invitational drew more than two dozen teams to Houghton Lake High School Feb. 12.
The ’Cats cheered to the top of the Division 3 board after coming from behind Gladstone, clad in purple and white, in Round 2. Houghton Lake tied with the Braves in the first round with 218.4 points each. They fell behind in the second round, 212.7258-207.3112, when the Braves cleanly performed toe touches, back walk-overs, Herkies, splits and forward Herkies.
A 14 1/2-point margin in Round 3 – 289.7-275.2 – allowed the Bobcats to take the win at home over the Braves. Houghton Lake came away with another Cheer on the Lake first place trophy, earning a total of 715.4112 points. Gladstone ended the day with 706.3258.
Other teams cheering in Divi- sion 3 were: Harrison (662.5448), Tawas (510.6952), Cheboygan (482.9), Roscommon (458.6362), Elk Rapids (444.1120) and Kalkaska (419.9800).
The JV ’Cats placed first among the junior cheerleading squads with a total of 614.5360. They bested Mt. Pleasant (562.6400), Harrison (536.0800), Heritage (533.3360), Gaylord (520.2300) and Evart (483.2470).
Six Division 4 teams competing were: Hart (647.3028), Evart (623.2420), Meridian (598.0160), East Jordan (542.3100), Oscoda (437.0828) and Bellaire (434.1050).
In Division 2, Gaylord cheered to first place over Heritage, 707.2212- 558.9120.
Houghton Lake Middle School cheered to second place, earning 315.9128 points, behind Harrison’s exciting middle school squad. The Hornets ended the day with 321.8608 points.
“You can’t win all the time. That’s part of growing up,” Houghton Lake Middle School Coach Amy Gardner said. “I have a phenomenal group of young ladies. The future of Houghton Lake cheerleading is nothing but great.”
Also competing were Meridian Middle School (296.9380), Roscommon Middle School (248.0672) and Oscoda Middle School (227.3368). (Middle school teams compete in Round 2 and Round 3 only.)
Feb. 9 at Gaylord
The varsity Bobcats earned their top score up to that point in the season – 716.7292 – at Gaylord Feb. 9 for another first place ending.
Scoring 217.4 in Round 1, the ’Cats were one point behind the Manistique Emeralds (218.4), but ahead of the Gaylord Blue Devils (216.8). The Bobcats out-scored their Upper Peninsula competition in the second round, 207.8292- 187.3134, as well as Gaylord, which earned 202.3256 points.
In Round 3, the Bobcats scored 291.5 points, ahead of Gaylord (286.8) and Manistique (272.9). The Emeralds finished the competition with 678.6134 for third place and the Blue Devils ended with 705.9256 for second.
The Roscommon Bucks ended the day with 451.0500 points, or 14th of 15 teams.
“We didn’t ‘bring it’ to the floor,” Coach Vickie Alexander said.
In Round 1, the Bucks earned 154.3 points. Their Round 2 score of 107.1500 gave them 261.45 points going into the third round. The Bucks scored 189.6 in the final round.
Other teams competing were: Marion (654.7816), Houghton Lake JV, which was first among the JV teams (625.4240), Traverse City West (579.4728), Gaylord JV (569.1540), East Jordan (558.4710), Tawas (525.0560), Bellaire (493.1750), Cheboygan (486.3200), Kingsley (474.3200), Traverse City West JV (468.7224) and Benzie Central (348.7280).
Houghton Lake will host District cheerleading competition Feb. 19, beginning at 11 a.m. Competing in Division 3 will be: Benzonia-Benzie Central, Cheboygan Area, Elk Rapids, Gladstone, Harrison Community, Houghton Lake, Kalkaska, Kingsford, Reed City, Remus- Chippewa Hills, Roscommon, Scottville Mason County Central, Shelby and Tawas Area High School. The top four teams will advance to regional competition Feb. 26.