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Top-ranked Breckenridge has sights on second straight D4 state title; Farwell also competing WITH GALLERY

  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Breckenridge, Ithaca, Coleman, Harrison and Shepherd were all in action Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the Merrill Invitational. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • Mt. Pleasant's varsity and JV, St. Louis' varsity plus Breckenridge's varsity and middle school were among the competing teams Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the Oiler Invite. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.
  • The defending Division 4 state champion Breckenridge High School competitive cheer team won a district title Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at Ithaca. MIPrepZone Photos by Nate Schneider.

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One of the most decorated competitive cheer programs in state history will be attempting to bring another state championship back to mid-Michigan.

Top-ranked Breckenridge has its sights set on capturing a second consecutive Division 4 title Saturday afternoon at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Farwell will also be competing in the eight-team event.

Action starts at 2 p.m.

“We’re ready to go,” Huskies coach Deb Gaines said. “There is no area we haven’t addressed and I feel confident in every part of our routines. We all are ready for Saturday to get here.”

Breckenridge began its rise as a dominant competitive cheer programs in 1994, its first year qualifying for the state finals under Gaines. Not only did the Huskies go to the state finals every subsequent year through 2007, but from 2000 through 2007 they won seven state championships and one runner-up finish by a narrow margin.

But the program fell on hard times due to a reduction in numbers and was forced to disband from 2008 until returning to competition in 2013 when a team full of freshmen and sophomores finished fifth at the D4 state finals.

The Huskies continued their ascension last year by claiming their eighth state title in school history, while an experienced roster has allowed them to keep hold on a No. 1 ranking the entirety of the 2015-16 campaign.

“The girls are already talking about capturing that feeling again,” Gaines said. “My daughter (co-head coach Jenna Graham) has said that she has no idea where any of her trophies and medals are, but she can tell you all about any competition she ever competed in. These memories will last forever.”

Breckenridge’s 18-girl roster consists of seven seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen.

Despite winning every competition it has entered, the Huskies have dealt with some adversity over the last month as junior Alexandria Gillis was lost for the season due to illness.

“When we lost Alexandria we had to revamp our rounds so that was a difficult transition for a while,” Gaines said. “We feel everything is back in order now and confidence is high. There are always just enough things to worry about at this time of year to keep you focused.”

Breckenridge has posted the top round one (231.9), round two (226.6) and round three (314.8) scores in Division 4 this season along with of course the best cumulative score (739.9).

Other contenders Saturday include Merrill (718.7), Hudson (712.8) and Michigan Center (711.3).

Last Updated: 3/4/2016 3:11:56 PM EST