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COMPETITIVE CHEERLEADING: Downriver teams keep winning

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On Saturday, Downriver competitive cheerleading teams were in action from near the Michigan-Ohio border to Rochester and several points in between.

And local teams captured championships where they were.

In addition to Grosse Ile, where host Grosse Ile, Roosevelt and Woodhaven all won, defending state champ Anderson won the Bedford Invitational, Allen Park won the Rochester Rumble and defending Division 2 state champ Carlson won the Sterling Heights Stevenson Titans Invitational.

Carlson scored 785.9800 points to beat out Stoney Creek, which had 780.8200

Despite being a Division 2 team, Carlson competed in the top division. This was a real statement win for the Marauders because Stoney Creek is the No. 2-ranked team in the division above Carlson.

“The competition at Stevenson was set up into pools by regional scores from last year,” said Carlson Coach Danielle Jokela. “It (gave) the kids a chance to compete against different teams; my girls really loved it.”

Carlson broke open what was a very tight meet with a big score in the final round.

Stoney Creek won the first round by less than half a point. Carlson won the second round and held the slimmest of leads heading in to the final round.

But in that last showing, the Marauders outscored the Cougars 319.6 to 314.7 to claim the victory.

At Bedford High School, Anderson had little trouble dispatching the 10-team field at the event.

Despite a six-point [penalty in the final round, the Titans scored 746.9200 points to early outdistance the second-place host team, which scored 697.5700.

At the Royal Rumble at Rochester High School, Allen Park won for the third straight week, taking the Division 2 title with 675.3600 points.

The Allen Park triumph followed victories at their own invitational and at Wyandotte last week.

Last Updated: 1/22/2013 1:37:22 PM EST