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Published January 25, 2011

ROYAL OAK — Two short years ago, the Clawson High competitive cheer team made its debut appearance at the state finals.

This season the squad is stronger than ever and on a mission to make it back to the big stage.

“Two years ago, we made it to states,” coach Courtney Schmalzel said. “We had a larger team; more bodies to choose from. This year, we only have 12 girls on the team, but all 12 girls are extremely talented.”

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Published January 18, 2011

It’s just about “go time” for the Blue Devils.

As Grosse Pointe South’s boys swimming and diving team nears the midpoint of its season, it is going into high gear.

“We’re going into the peak of our training,” South coach Eric Gunderson said. “As we get toward early and mid-February, we should see some faster times. I’m looking forward to the end of the season.

“It’s still a ways away, but it comes up pretty quick.”

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Published January 19, 2011

BIRMINGHAM — After a five-year hiatus, cheerleaders at Birmingham Seaholm have something to, well, cheer about.

The Maples formed a competitive squad for the first time since 2002, when the team existed for just two seasons before disbanding after losing its coach. Even before then, interest in cheerleading at Seaholm was on the decline in 1999.

In recent years, competitive cheer has gained popularity, with 328 cheer programs across the state compared to 148 in 2001.

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Published January 19, 2011

Inspirational quotes fittingly decorate the walls in the room where the Utica Stevenson competitive cheer team practices.

“Wimps lift weights. Cheerleaders lift people,” and “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?”

The cheerleaders themselves are walking symbols of motivation too, sporting T-shirts with the Superman logo made out of puzzle pieces that depict their motto, ‘Every Girl is a Piece of the Puzzle.’

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Published January 19, 2011

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The upcoming Oakland County boys and girls varsity bowling tournaments represent several key things to the season.

The boys competition, scheduled for Jan. 22 at Wonderland Lanes in Commerce Township, and the girls tourney, Jan. 23 at Thunderbird Lanes in Troy, mark about the midway point of the season. Competition gets under way at 9:30 a.m. at both sites.

And while most teams will have already taken part in several league matches and other tournaments by this point, few competitions offer what the county tournament does.

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Published January 13, 2011

The Warren Cousino competitive cheer team got into the spirit of giving this past holiday season by helping homeless pets and needy four-legged friends.

Through the Patriots’ second annual Cheer for Charity, an invitational held Dec. 18, cheerleaders from across metro Detroit got a chance support animals at the Michigan Humane Society.

The humanitarian effort raised an estimated $3,000 to benefit MHS through team entry fees, spectator admissions, T-shirt sales and a percentage of concessions.

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Published January 12, 2011

BERKLEY — The future is looking bright for the Berkley High competitive cheer team.

After winning its first league title in 10 years with the smallest team that coach Karen Hathaway has ever coached at Berkley — just 11 girls — the program started the 2010-11 campaign on a high note by adding a JV squad.

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Published January 12, 2011

FRASER — The gymnastics team at Fraser High has a whole new look this season highlighted by a team of coaches to develop the program.

Taking the helm is Fraser gymnastics alumnae Nicole Neale, a 2006 grad, Ashley Ponder (2005) and Kristy Osebold (2003).

For the three Fraser graduates, being able to coach the program they were once a part of was like coming home.

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Published January 17, 2011

Darlene Wedyke doesn’t sound too worried talking about St. Clair Shores South Lake bowling, despite the fact that the program has had to replace virtually all of its varsity members from last season.

The coach knows the boys and girls teams, chock-full of newcomers and members who bowled on the JV squads last year, will be battle-tested veterans sooner or later.

That’s because Wedyke, who coaches the teams alongside her husband, Gary, makes it a point to schedule as many tournaments and practices as possible for the program.

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Published January 17, 2011

FRASER — The two-time defending Great Lakes League champion Grosse Pointe Unified gymnastics team returns to the mat with an experienced, confident team.

With 21 gymnasts — the largest squad in the history of the program — new head coach Courtney Law has high expectations.

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