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CHEERLEADING: Titans, Devils, Trojans snag top honors (PHOTOS)

The Anderson and Grosse Ile cheerleading teams were one and two, respectively in terms of scores at Saturday's News-Herald competition. Anderson was the D1 champ and host Grosse Ile was the Division 3 title winner. Trenton was the D2 winer. Photos by Justin Orman/Gregory Shamus Photography

A dozen teams convened at Grosse Ile Saturday for the News-Herald Competitive Cheerleading Competition and when the cheering was done three teams – all local – walked off with first-place trophies.

Two-time defending Division 1 state champ Anderson posted the highest total score of the day and walked off with top honors in Division 1.

Trenton topped Huron in Division 2 and host Grosse Ile posted the second highest score in the whole competition and walked off with first-place honors in Divisions 3.

The Titans put on a show for the packed house at the Grosse Ile gym, scoring the highest of any team in all three rounds.

The Titans scored 225.8 in the first round, 221.5 in the second and 311.8 in the third and when the scores were totaled up. The Titans had 759.1 points and beat second-place Woodhaven by more than 31 points and third-place Wyandotte by more than 36.

The Titans are Holly Zmijewski, Brittany Walton, Cassidy Tear, Madison Small, Brittany Prister, Bonita Overton, Adriana Mullins, Samantha Moore, Anna Mehall, Aleta Madera, Siarra Laginess, Marisa Laginess, Jordan Jones, Kylie Gotzfried, Haley Evans, Amber Droste, Samantha Darrell, Tori Creighton, Jacklyn Carrico and Gabrielle Buscemi.

It was a fine day for Grosse Ile, a well, as the Red Devils snagged a little revenge.

Grosse Ile finished third in the state finals last year and one of the two teams to beat them was Pontiac Notre Dame Prep. On Saturday the Devils beat ND Prep by more than eight points.

The win was made all the sweeter by the fact that Grosse Ile came from behind to win. Notre Dame had a big second round and led 437.30-434.54 heading into the final rotation. Grosse nailed a 308.2 final-round score and with it the championship. Grosse Ile finished with a final score of 742.74, Pontiac scored 734.20.

The Red Devils are Emily Arnett, Aubrey Collins, Morgan Foster, Kelsey Garner, Madison Kelly, Olivia Koklanaris, Haley Labadie, Clara Lyons, Marissa Martinelli, Madeline Merola, Ciara Nellenbach, Olivia Pesta, Abby Reich, Isabella Rista, Annie Rodgers, Michelle Ryder and Sydney Sexton.

Flat Rock finished third in Division 3, ahead of fifth-place Summit Academy.

Competing for the Division 2 champ Trojans were Alison Argue, Erika Brower, Lorianna DelPizzo, Mariah Figurski, Allison Giannola, Corryn Guyot, Kelsi Hackney, Alex Hultgren, Abbie LeFevre, Shelby McDole, Darrian Milstead, Elena Molino, Mackenzie Mrla, Becca Parks, Sydney Perkins, Gillian Perkins, Jordan Price, Alex Spurr, Brittany Vinca.



Marauders shine on

The fame of the three-time defending Division 2 state championship Carlson cheerleading team is known far and wide and last Saturday the Marauders strutted their stuff in Livingston County.

At the Brighton’s Best event, the Marauders cranked out yet another win.

Carlson led wire-to-wire to win the Division 2 portion of the event and, as usual, the Marauders were the highest scoring team in the competition.

The Marauders scored 769.12 points and got a surprising push from DeWitt High School, which finished second with the competition’s second-best overall score, 760.22.

Allen Park, which knows a thing or two about chasing Carlson from their many head-to-head meetings, finished third with 747.16.



Last Updated: 1/21/2014 2:36:17 PM EST

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