Fraser High cheer team enjoying success this season

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published February 11, 2019

 The Fraser High cheer team performs in a meet earlier this season. The Ramblers have seen vast improvements this year.

The Fraser High cheer team performs in a meet earlier this season. The Ramblers have seen vast improvements this year.

Photo by Alison Zywicki

FRASER — Fraser High cheer coach Kim Edwards recently recalled a time when she was weeping behind a coach’s podium earlier this season.

Although a competition didn’t go as well as she would have liked, that wasn’t the reason for the tears.

With things having gone poorly, Edwards wanted to simplify the team’s routine to make it less challenging.

But the reaction she got when she presented that possibility to her team gave her pause for thought.

“They told me not to,” Edwards said. “I was super proud.”

After Edwards decided to leave the stunts in, she said, the Ramblers “went out and they hit everything. I was super pleased with that, and I think that they realized just then just how capable they really were of doing these new, harder skills. So, that was a really great day for us.”

Although Edwards is in her first season leading Fraser’s program, she said it’s her third year as a varsity coach, with stops at Bloomfield Hills High and Roseville High, and she said, “this is the most talented team I’ve ever coached.”

The Ramblers have given their coach ample reason to hold such a high opinion of them, as they have had some scores that are higher than the program has seen in quite a while.

“We have one of the highest scores that Fraser’s had in the last four years on record,” Edwards said. “We broke a 724. … We broke 700 twice now. The last time they broke 700 was three years ago. So, I think that’s really great. We’re scoring around, on average, 60 points higher than the team was last year.”

Another season highlight occurred when the Ramblers finished second at a Macomb Area Conference Blue Division meet Jan. 9, which is an accomplishment that Edwards said Fraser hasn’t had “in a very, very long time.”

Senior Kayla Rose credited Edwards with changing Fraser’s “whole program.”

“The progress we’ve made is basically like a whole new team,” Rose said. “It’s just crazy to see how much we’ve changed as a program.”

Sophomore Jaclyn Rapp has also taken notice of the job her coach has done.

“She’s been doing an amazing job,” she said. “She completely turned this team around.”

Fraser competes in a Division 1 district competition at 10 a.m. Feb. 16 at Warren Mott. The top four teams from each district advance to regionals.

Despite the improvement the Ramblers have had this season, Edwards doesn’t anticipate they will be competing at regionals this year.

“But I hope that we will be next year,” she said. “That’s an aspiration that I think the whole team’s (going to) have for next year. But we’re not there now, so we would like to place top six or seven.”

Edwards said Fraser is doing really great things, and she would like for the future to be even better.

What could help turn that aspiration into a reality is a middle school program that she expects to have in place next year.

“I’m super excited, and I can’t wait for a middle school program,” Edwards said. “When I took over at Fraser, I knew they were super talented. I didn’t know how talented, and now I can see that. And they’re super coachable, so I know there’s (going to) be really good things to come for the program.”