Dakota and LCN earn respective MAC league titles

By: Sue Teggart | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published February 23, 2011

 The Macomb Dakota competitive cheer squad performs during the Feb. 19 D-1 district at Utica Stevenson. Dakota finished third, scoring 766.9126 points, to earn a bid to the Feb. 26 regionals at Lake Orion.

The Macomb Dakota competitive cheer squad performs during the Feb. 19 D-1 district at Utica Stevenson. Dakota finished third, scoring 766.9126 points, to earn a bid to the Feb. 26 regionals at Lake Orion.

Photo by David Schreiber

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With another competitive cheer season in the books, it’s time to recognize two local squads that captured divisional titles: Macomb Dakota won the Macomb Area Conference White Division, and Macomb L’Anse Creuse North earned a MAC Blue Division title.

Cougar-iffic
The Dakota team had stellar performances throughout the season, earning a division title and a bid to the Feb. 26 regional tournament after finishing third in districts Feb. 19. The Cougars will be in action in regionals at 10 a.m. at Lake Orion High School.

“They came in very excited and really fired up,” said Michela Worthy, who has coached the Cougars for the past five years. “Everything was on in Round 3 (in districts). They were hitting their stunts and were just very focused. I could see the determination in their eyes, but they were also very joyous.”

In division action, after finishing in first place in the prior two divisional meets — scoring 724.94 points Dec. 15 and 746.00 points Jan. 12 — the Cougars finished third in the Jan. 26 jamboree.

During the final league meet, Dakota scored 220.90 points in Round 1, behind Roseville High and Warren Mott. The Cougars redeemed themselves in Round 2 with the top score — 227.48 points — to lead with 448.38 cumulative points heading into the stunt round.

Worthy said nailing all their standing back tucks, a skill the Cougars just gained this season for Round 2, was a key factor in their win.

Though Dakota finished third in Round 3 — scoring 293.1 points — and third overall with 741.48 total points, its adjudicated point total (2212.42) was enough to secure the MAC title.

“The girls are very proud, and they’re starting to believe they can compete with the teams who have been strong for years,” said Worthy. “Dakota is on the path to being a strong competitive cheer team. It’s been a work in progress, and because of my seniors’ hard work and determination, we have been able to do great things in the state tournament.”

LCN W-I-N-S
L’Anse Creuse North had reason to cheer a little extra after capturing its division title at the Jan. 19 MAC Blue meet at Madison Heights Lamphere.

“The girls were extremely thrilled,” coach Vicki Gonzalez said about the win. “We’ve got a very young group this year, and for them to come out with the title showed how hard they worked as a team for it.”

Winning the MAC Blue marked LCN’s first title since becoming an MHSAA competitive team.

In the final divisional competition, the Crusaders, which held a slight lead over Lamphere and Marine City High, scored 693.8048 points to win the championship. The Crusaders won by just a three-point margin.

During the meet, LCN scored 208.3 in the first round to hold first place, but Fraser High’s 205.7 points and Lamphere’s 205.5 were close behind.

In Round 2, Fraser and Marine City looked poised to knock off the Crusaders. The Mariners grabbed first place, scoring 196.10 points; Fraser followed with a 194.73. LCN finished third with a score of 192.00.

With a tight race heading into Round 3 — five of the six teams were separated by just 10 points heading into the stunt round — the Crusaders needed to turn in a top performance.

That they did.

“The girls really worked to keep each other going and keep each other strong,” Gonzalez said about pulling out a win in the end. “They stayed positive, and they never gave up.”

LCN wrapped up its season after finishing seventh out of 13 teams in districts, collecting 683.7184 points.

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