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COMPETITIVE CHEERLEADING: Anderson, Carlson win at Lake Orion (PHOTO)

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When it comes to competitive cheerleading competitions, they don’t get much bigger or tougher than the 34-team Lake Orion Invitational held last Saturday.

But as they say: the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

Despite a field loaded with top 10-ranked teams, defending state champs Anderson and Carlson won their divisions.

In Division 1, against a field that included top-10 teams Lake Orion, Rochester, Rochester Stoney Creek, Utica Stevenson and Holland West Ottawa, Anderson walked away with top honors.

The third-ranked Titans edged host and fourth-ranked Lake Orion 781.5800-779.0800.

The Titans were second after the first round, but won rounds 2 and 3 by slim margins to take the victory.

Seventh-ranked Rochester was third Saturday and second-ranked Stoney Creek was fourth.

Fewer than seven points separated the top four teams.

It was not that close in Division 2 as Carlson, the top ranked team and the two-time state champ, beat Dearborn Divine Child by 13.22 points.

The Marauders scored 755.8400 for the win.

Divine Child is the sixth-ranked team in the state, but has been as high as first at times this season.

Also in the competition were state-ranked teams from Allen Park, Ortonville Brandon and Wyandotte. Allen Park was third, Wyandotte seventh.

In Division 3, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep turned the tables on Grosse Ile.

Notre Dame is the top-ranked Division 3 team in the state and it was beaten by sixth-ranked Grosse Ile last week at the News-Herald Invitational. At Lake Orion, ND finished first with 748.6800 to beat out the Red Devils, who were second with 712.0600 points.

Second-ranked Richmond finished third and 10th-ranked Armada was fourth.

Trenton wins

At the All Wayne-Monroe meet hosted last Saturday by Summit Academy, Trenton came away with top honors.

With all eight teams lumped together regardless of division, Trenton beat three Division 1 teams, including runner-up Woodhaven.

The Trojans and Warriors traded leads throughout the event and Woodhaven’s title chances took a big hit with a 10-point penalty in the second round.

In the end, Trenton scored 677.8200 points and Woodhaven had 668.9400. Host Summit was third with 645.8400. Lincoln Park also competed and finished sixth.

Last Updated: 1/29/2013 2:17:12 PM EST