Warren cheer teams finish strong at national competition
By Mark Vest
Posted July 20, 2012
The Warren Woods Division 4, Warren Division 4, and Warren-Berkley Elite Division 5 cheerleading teams had a chance to showcase their skills at the Young Champions National Competition in Indianapolis, Ind., July 14, and each team was awarded a ribbon for their performances.
Warren Woods Division 4 took first place; Warren Division 4 captured second place; and Warren-Berkley Elite Division 5 finished in fourth place at the event.
The national competition caps off a season that is likely to provide a lifetime of memories for both the squad members and their coach.
“It was unbelievable,” said coach Tara Storey-Krolikowski. “They were in shock. There were tears; there was screaming; there was jumping. They were just so excited. The parents were ecstatic, as well. I could not be prouder of them. Every single routine out of the three teams was flawless. They were amazing.”
Storey-Krolikowski hopes that the success her squad members have experienced will help provide them with a belief in themselves — a belief that can be applied to both cheerleading and life.
“Whether they did win first or fourth, or whatever, I hope it gives them a little shred of confidence to push them on the edge to try something new, or try out for high school and maybe make varsity,” she said. “If I can give them even one thing that’s going to help them in their life, that’s all I can hope to be for them.”
Storey-Krolikowski will be holding tryouts for her Division 4-6 squads in September. Anybody interested in obtaining further information can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the author
Mark Vest is on the sports beat at C&G Newspapers. He covers high school sports for the Fraser-Clinton Chronicle and Grosse Pointe Times. In the past couple years or so, he has also began to cover collegiate sports for schools such as the University of Detroit Mercy, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College. Vest has worked at C&G Newspapers since 2011 and attended Oakland University and Oakland Community College.
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