L’Anse Creuse competitive cheer wins first MAC title

By: Sue Teggart | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published February 22, 2011

 The Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse competitive cheer squad captured its first divisional title in its first season as a competitive team.

The Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse competitive cheer squad captured its first divisional title in its first season as a competitive team.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


HARRISON TOWNSHIP — In their first official year as a competitive cheerleading squad, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse did what it takes most teams years to accomplish.

The Lancers won two of three divisional meets, scoring 1971.88 total points — nearly 60 better than second-place finisher St. Clair Shores Lakeview— to capture their first league title in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division.

“It was really exciting because it was their first season in the MAC as a competitive cheer team,” said first-year coach Jaclyn Delamielleure, who brings 10 years of coaching experience and led Romeo High’s cheer squad to a district title last year. “Our goal to be successful this year was to go out and have good routines. Winning the division is 10 times more than we expected, and we owe that to how hard the kids worked.”

Delamielleure said though the Lancers were new to MHSAA competitive cheer regulations, they did compete in exhibition meets to prepare for the transition.

“It’s not easy making that transition from sideline to competitive,” Delamielleure said. “I was lucky that I have girls that are good leaders and athletes to make that transition.

“I owe a lot to their coach last year, too,” Delamielleure continued. “She started mentally preparing them to make that transition so that it wasn’t a total shock. She got their feet wet and began introducing them to what they needed to know, and the girls really ran with that.”
Delamielleure said the Lancers participated in gymnastics sessions and were committed to improving to make a smooth transition into MHSAA guidelines.

“They set high expectations for themselves,” Delamielleure said. “It would have been easy for them to ease into competitive since it was their first year, but they wanted to be a step above that, so they worked for that.”

“It was really hard and a lot more work than we were used to,” said senior Tori Balogh. “I’ve been cheering since my freshman year, so coming from sideline cheers to having to know three huge routines was a really big jump. We learned the meaning of competing and not just doing cheerleading for fun.”

Delamielleure hopes that the league title bodes well for the future of the program.

“I think this accomplishment proves what a great group of kids we have doing this is,” she said. “For those girls to go through such a difficult thing, it shows how committed and hardworking they are, and what a really talented group they are. It sets the expectations even higher for next year.”