February 2020 ROAR

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Coverage of Rockford athletics at all levels.

The RMS Competitive Cheer Team celebrate their first-place finish at the Hudsonville Invitational. (Not in order): Elise Henkel, Jordan

White, Ashley Speck, Ellie Wilcox, Jetta Dengler, Kirsten McDonald, Lelaina Schneider, Madison Pyle, Andrea John, Ashton Web, Ava

Boyd, Ava Lovell, Delainie Ausland, Jordan Withers, Katelyn Himmelspach, Madalynn Fulton, Mikayla Tomasunas, Sidney Gardner,

Madison Goss, Sophia Best, Joselyn Stouffer, and Amelia DeYoung. ~ Contributed Photo

Cheer Team Soars in Competition

JEANNIE GREGORY

ROAR Editor

Head coach Bobbie Demorest’s middle school cheer team

has had a big year. The team, consisting of a combination of

athletes from both Rockford middle schools, claimed a number

of competitions this season. The biggest was claiming the

crown at the OK Red Conference Meet in Caledonia, where

they tallied a 394.72 to eclipse second-place Cedar Springs who

had earned a 378.46.

The team features 22 talented athletes, including four that

Demorest pulled up from the seventh-grade team. Besides

the conference meet, the Rams earned first-place finishes at

the Coopersville, Rockford and Spring Lake Invitationals. The

team placed second at Allendale and the East Rockford Middle

School Invitationals, placing behind rival Cedar Springs. That

made the Conference Championship all the sweeter for the

Rams. They closed their season with another championship at

the Hudsonville Invitational.

Demorest is proud of her team’s accomplishments, and

points to strong leadership as part of the reason the Rams

were so successful and performed as a cohesive unit.

“All of the girls are great leaders, but I really feel like Elise

Henkel and Jordan White have stepped up this year and

helped the seventh graders to grow and feel like a true part of

the team.”

Demorest was ably assisted by Torri Mills and the team was

expertly managed by Charlotte Gross. She will now see how

the foundation these athletes learned this season will help

them in the future.

“This group made great strides this season coming together

and working as a team,” she shares. “They are all very hard

working and we are excited to watch them excel as they move

up to the high school level.”

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