The Rochester Adams cheer team captured its first state title in school history March 6 at the DeltaPlex Arena after two straight years as the runner-up. Pictured, the Highlanders run through a routine Feb. 29.

The Rochester Adams cheer team captured its first state title in school history March 6 at the DeltaPlex Arena after two straight years as the runner-up. Pictured, the Highlanders run through a routine Feb. 29.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Adams competitive cheer captures D-1 state title

By: Jacob Herbert | Rochester Post | Published March 18, 2020

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ROCHESTER HILLS — It is not uncommon in the sports world for a team to grow as the season progresses. Gaining and maintaining camaraderie is equally as important as talent and execution when it comes to winning a championship.

Rochester Adams cheer coach Brooke Miller knew her team had the talent to win a state title — that was evident ever since football season. Miller said this year’s team was the most talented she’s seen in her six years coaching at Adams.

The main challenge Miller faced was making her  team believe they were good enough to win.

The 14-year coach did that, and it resulted in a Division 1 state championship March 6 at the DeltaPlex Arena. The Highlanders beat out runner-up Plymouth High 791.7-790.74 to capture the program’s first title in school history.

“Once that came true, it was just a rush of emotions just knowing how happy they were going to be,” Miller said of learning that the team had won.

The state title comes after two straight years of finishing as the runner-up. The Highlanders finished second to Sterling Heights Stevenson in 2018 and second to Rochester Hills Stoney Creek in 2019.

Miller said those finishes lit a fire under her team, and they were the main force of motivation over the last year.

What makes the Highlanders’ state title even more noteworthy is the fact that it was done with a young team. Miller’s team consisted of four seniors leading 17 underclassmen. Making the jump from middle school to a varsity cheer squad competing for a state title can put a team behind from the beginning.

But over the course of the season, Miller and her staff — with the help of the seniors — were able to coach up the team’s mental toughness.

“At the beginning, it was definitely hard for them getting someone who’s never been on varsity to understand that level of commitment and determination,” Miller said of her seniors. “They were amazing through tournament time, keeping everyone calm and focused on the job at hand.”

In terms of leadership, Katie Crowe and Delaney Crowe took on the biggest roles. Having been there before, the duo knew what it took to reach the DeltaPlex Arena and could pass those lessons down to an inexperienced team.

“They’ve been here all four years, so they took everybody under their wing and made them understand what it took,” Miller said. “Those four seniors were on our first team ever to make it to states, so they understand how it felt to make it to the finals for the first time.”

The state title caps off a year when Adams finished third overall in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division behind Rochester High and Stoney Creek. The Falcons finished fifth overall at the state finals.

On its way to the state title, Adams finished atop the field in both district and regional action.

“I think it was really hard at first for them to learn to work as a team and be together,” Miller said about the team’s youth. “The greatest thing I can say is we went from being almost strangers, then all of a sudden we became this family that works together and fights for each other. I think that was one of our biggest accomplishments.”

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