2012-03-01 / Sports

Houghton Lake cheer season ends at Regionals

Photos by Thomas Reznich


INTENSE ENERGY Houghton Lake varsity cheerleaders (left to right) Avery Manifold, Kenzie Goodwin and Johanna Hayden give a high energy performance during Round One of the Regional Cheerleading Tournament at Otsego High School Saturday. “The girls performed their best Round One of the year,” said Houghton Lake Coach Celeste Kubiak. INTENSE ENERGY Houghton Lake varsity cheerleaders (left to right) Avery Manifold, Kenzie Goodwin and Johanna Hayden give a high energy performance during Round One of the Regional Cheerleading Tournament at Otsego High School Saturday. “The girls performed their best Round One of the year,” said Houghton Lake Coach Celeste Kubiak. The Houghton Lake High School varsity Bobcats ended their competitive cheerleading season at the MHSAA Division 3 Regional competition at Otsego Feb. 25.

The ’Cats placed seventh among 12 teams with a final score of 695.5060.

“The girls performed their best Round One of the year,” Coach Celeste Kubiak said. “I’m not sure why they scored so much lower than some of the other teams.”

The Bobcats scored 210.3 points in the first round, 7.7 points behind first place Comstock Park, but 1.5 points more than Bullock Creek, which ended the meet in the third place. The ’Cats scored 202.86 points in the second, en route to a 413.16 subtotal. They were in sixth place after the first round and they stayed there heading into Round 3.


TALKING THEM UP (Right) The Houghton Lake varsity cheer team stands in a circle as Coach Celeste Kubiak gives them a pep talk before Round One of the Regional Cheer Tournament Saturday. (Above, left to right) Houghton Lake Assistant Cheer Coach Renee Britvec and Coach Kubiak give their team signals during Round Two as they stand in the coaches’ position in the front row of spectators. Seated in front of them (left to right) are tournament judges Kristia Whitaker of Muskegon, Kelli Polinskey of Grandville, April Davenport of Portage, Jayne Sabaitis of Bronson and Annie Patzer of Grand Rapids. TALKING THEM UP (Right) The Houghton Lake varsity cheer team stands in a circle as Coach Celeste Kubiak gives them a pep talk before Round One of the Regional Cheer Tournament Saturday. (Above, left to right) Houghton Lake Assistant Cheer Coach Renee Britvec and Coach Kubiak give their team signals during Round Two as they stand in the coaches’ position in the front row of spectators. Seated in front of them (left to right) are tournament judges Kristia Whitaker of Muskegon, Kelli Polinskey of Grandville, April Davenport of Portage, Jayne Sabaitis of Bronson and Annie Patzer of Grand Rapids. “Round Two was clean, and the skills were all performed well,” Kubiak said. “Round Three was amazing and full of excitement. [We had] one minor stunting bobble that shouldn’t have cost much in execution.”

In the final round the Bobcats scored 282.4 points (290.4 with an 8-point penalty), but it was not enough to catapult them into the top four teams that qualified for the State Tournament in Grand Rapids this Saturday. The girls cheered their best, Kubiak said, but in a judged sport it is hard to say why the scores were not higher.

Winning the Regional was Comstock Park with 743.4504 points. Finishing second was Paw Paw with 733.5740 points and placing third was Bullock Creek with 722.1392 points. Rounding out the qualifiers for the state tournament was Gladstone with 720.8300 points.

Fifth and sixth place went to Otsego (719.3656) and Tri-County (718.8088), respectively. Also competing were Lakewood (694.6248), Grand Rapids Catholic Central (692.1316), Kingsford (675.52), Allendale (675.2706) and Portland (641.1280), who placed eighth through 12th, respectively.

“The young ladies on the team are to be commended on their excellent sportsmanship,” Kubiak said of her varsity Bobcats. “They all put smiles on and congratulated each team that advanced. They represented Houghton Lake with class and dignity and I was proud to be their coach.”

It was the final competition for seniors Mary Frederick, Liz LeMire, Emilee Garrett and Katie Earley.

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