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Saturday was a fun day for the Allen Park competitive cheerleading team as the squad hosted and won its own invitational. Photos by Dave Chapman

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Local teams win all three division as Allen Park competition

Roosevelt was first in Division 1 at Saturday's competition

Grosse Ile was first in Division 3 at Saturday's competition

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Allen Park hosted its annual competitive cheerleading invitational Saturday and the 16-team event was a huge success for Downriver teams.

Local teams, including the host squad, swept first place in all three divisions and none of the five local squads finished lower than second.

Roosevelt won Division 1, beating out runner-up Woodhaven. Allen Park topped old rival Dearborn Divine Child and the rest of the field in Division 2 and Grosse Ile was 20 points better than second-place Summit Academy in Division 3.

Allen Park, whose 751.981 point total was the highest among any of the teams at the event, was locked in a close battle with Divine Child through the first two rounds of competition. But the Jags’ 307.6 final round score was the best of the meet and 17 points better than DC’s.

In Division 1, Roosevelt won the opening round and then continued to add to the lead thoughout the final two rounds. The Bears ended up beating Woodhaven 728.761-720.882.

Grosse Ile did not have much of a challenge in Division 3, although Summit Academy did have a good final round, scoring 273.4 points to Grosse Ile’s 277.5.

The bottom two teams in the division, Livonia Clarenceville and Livonia Ladywood, were not even within shouting distance of the top two squads.

Blue Devils Invitational

Some things never change.

When the other seven teams at Richmond’s Blue Devil Invitational looked up Saturday they saw a familiar sight: Carlson at the top of the heap.

The defending Division 2 state champion Marauders won their division by default – they were the only D2 team in the field – but they also posted the highest score of the event regardless of division.

Carlson’s score of 778.14 topped that of both the D1 winner Warren Cousino (760.96) or D3 winner Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (734.90).

Anderson, the defending D1 state champ, would have come the closest to matching Carlson’s score, but the Titans were hit with a 10-point deduction in the final round.

The Titans beat Cousino in the first two rounds, but the 10-point slipup in the final round left them four one-hundreths of a point behind the winners.

Carlson and Southgate teams also went one-two, respectively, in the all-class junior varsity and middle school divisions.

Last Updated: 1/7/2014 1:59:18 PM EST