Clawson cheer garners No. 7-ranking in D-3, aims for state finals

By: Sue Teggart | Royal Oak Review | Published January 25, 2011

 The Clawson High competitive cheer team showcases its stunting at a MAC White cheer meet earlier in the season. Though the Trojans have just a dozen girls on their squad, they’re making the most of this season.

The Clawson High competitive cheer team showcases its stunting at a MAC White cheer meet earlier in the season. Though the Trojans have just a dozen girls on their squad, they’re making the most of this season.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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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.”

“We have a lot of talent on the team,” senior Chelsea Moss said. “The difference from this year and last year, most people from sideline continued on to this season.”

For example, Clawson’s dozen boast solid stunting and tumbling skills, which offers the squad the ability to perform more difficult routines.

“In the past, we always had one girl who could do it all,” Schmalzel said. “That girl was always running back and forth on the mat, especially in Round 3. This year, we have more options, so we can put together a more creative cheer and up our general impression, and for Round 2 ,we can put in more difficult skills.”

“We’ve been able to get more points, and we’re able to do complex skills and have two stunt groups now, even though we’re not a big team,” Moss said.

Already Clawson is scoring higher than its state finals squad did, earning recognition in the Michigan High School Competitive Cheer Coaches 10 best scores in Division 3 in Round 1, scoring 223.5 of 240 possible points; Round 2, collecting 216.1480 of 258.48 possible points; and Round 3, tallying 295.8 of 330 possible points. The squad was also in the top five, scoring 732.0480 and 706.3098 of a possible 828.48 points, respectively, in total and average score categories.

To top it off, the Trojans garnered a No. 10-ranking in D-3 in the Jan. 17 MHSCCC poll and were as high as No. 7 the week prior.

“We continue to change and make improvements,” Schmalzel said. “They are
willing to make changes to make things better and work hard for it. They’re very determined.”

Though competing in their league has been a daunting task — Clawson is a Class B school and is routinely up against Class A programs in the Macomb Area Conference White Division — the Trojans epitomize the team concept.

“They want it,” Schmalzel said. “The last few weeks, we’ve had amazing practices because they want it for themselves. I try to set realistic expectations for them. My expectations are to make it to regionals and finish in the top five. If they don’t make it to states, I think it will be close.”

 

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