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They handed out Michigan High School Athletic Association district cheerleading trophies last weekend and three Downriver teams collected theirs.

Grosse Ile won the Division 3 district hosted by Livonia Ladywood last Friday.

The next day, Anderson, the defending Division 1 state champ, won the district title at Woodhaven and host Carlson, the two-time defending Division 2 state champ, won its championship.

The top four teams in each district qualified for this weekend’s regional round and in all, six Downriver teams will be heading off into the next round of action.

Joining the champs will be Allen Park and Roosevelt in Division 2 and Summit Academy in Division 3.

At Woodhaven, Anderson opened a big lead early with a 233.3-point first-round score and never looked back.

The Titans finished with 767.180 points, more than 32 ahead of runner-up Temperance Bedford.

Saline and Churchill were the other regional qualifiers.

Woodhaven finished less than a point out of the final qualifying spot and the Warriors’ hopes were sunk by a 10-point deduction in the second round.

At Carlson, the Marauders also had big first round (233.4 points) and led from beginning to end.

The Marauders, who have won four of the last five Division 2 state championships, beat runner-up Dearborn Divine Child by more than 13 points.

Allen Park qualified for regional with its third-place finish (749.940) and Roosevelt grabbed the final qualifying position with its score of 716.940.

Trenton chased Roosevelt throughout the competition and the Trojans gave the Bears a scare with a big 293.4 final-round score, but came up short with a final score of 711.600.

At Ladywood last Friday, Grosse Ile overcame a four-point first-round deduction to win with 724.180 points.

The Huron League champs got a push from Brooklyn Columbia Central, but Grosse Ile’s second-round score of 213.18 was more than 15 points better than anyone else in the competition and it was enough to boost the Red Devils to the title.

Regionals are next for the state’s competitive cheerleading teams.

Anderson, which beat Carlson 777.06-773.30 at the recent Downriver League meet, will try and reach the state finals for the 10th time in the last 11 years Saturday at Troy Athens High School. The competition gets under way at 11 a.m.

Carlson will head the field at Ortonville Brandon. That event begins at 10 a.m. and will also include Allen Park and Roosevelt.

Grosse Ile and Summit will be at the regional hosted by Oxford High School Saturday and that event will begin at 6 p.m.

Last Updated: 2/19/2013 12:56:30 PM EST