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  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)
  • Flat Rock placed fifth at the Division 3 competitive cheer state finals on Saturday at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep edged Richmond to win its fourth straight D-3 title. (MiPrepZone photo gallery by Terry Jacoby)

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The Flat Rock Rams made their first visit in 11 years to The Division 3 MHSAA competitive cheer state finals and placed a solid fifth overall against a highly competitive field at the DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center in Grand Rapids on Saturday evening.

Coach Tanya Vaughn, in just her third year with the Rams, led the team to an impressive fifth-place finish with 761.46 points. Flat Rock, with nine seniors on the roster, finished third behind Richmond and Notre Dame Prep at last Saturday’s regional at Flint Kearsley.

And the top two teams at that regional finished one-two at the state finals, but in reverse order.

Pontiac Notre Dame Prep led wire to wire and finished off an amazing day with 781.56 points to win the school’s fourth consecutive Division 3 competitive cheer state championship.

Richmond was right behind the Irish all afternoon but came up just short, scoring 779.12 points. The Blue Devils needed to overcome a less than two point deficit in the final round but scored 314.70 to the Irish’s 315.90.

Monroe Jefferson took third with 772.62 and Comstock was fourth with 767.34. After the Rams’ fifth-place showing, Lake Odessa Lakewood was sixth (756.62), Paw Paw seventh (752.84) and Howard City Tri-County eighth (748.58).

The defending champs headed into the final round with the slimmest of leads. The Irish scored 230.36 in the second round for a two-round total of 465.66. The Blue Devils were right behind their rivals, scoring 230.22 in round two for a total of 464.42.

Comstock Park had moved into third place, scoring 225.64 in round two for a two-round total of 456.84. Monroe Jefferson dropped to fourth with 456.02 and Paw Paw was fifth 453.54.

Flat Rock scored 219.76 in the second round and was sixth with 450.26. The Rams moved up a spot in the final standings after scoring 311.20 in the third round.

After one round, the Irish held a slim 235.30-234.20 lead over the Blue Devils. Monroe Jefferson was in third place with 232.50 with Comstock Park fourth with 231.20. The rest of the field featured Paw Paw fifth (230.90), Lake Odessa Lakewood sixth (230.50), Flat Rock seventh (230.50) and Howard City Tri-County eighth (225.60).

Flat Rock’s appearance in the D-3 finals capped off a big Saturday for Downriver teams at the DeltaPlex. Earlier in the day, Allen Park knocked off six-time defending state champion Gibraltar Carlson by just .06 of a point to claim the Division 2 title.

Last Updated: 3/5/2017 1:44:02 AM EST