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The Allen Park Jaguars, third-ranked among Division 2 teams in Michigan, won the title at the Lake Orion Invitational last Saturday, coming from behind to beat fourth-ranked Dearborn Divine Child.
COMPETITIVE CHEER: State-ranked Allen Park wins title in Lake Orion (PHOTO)
It was Allen Park’s turn to step up and take a bow at the top of Downriver’s crowded Competitive Cheerleading heap last week.
The Jaguars were in Lake Orion Saturday where they won the Division 2 portion of the Lake Orion Invitational.
The Jags battled an old foe in Dearborn Divine Child and trailed after both the first and second rounds.
But a big 304.8 in the third rotations – best among any of the other six D2 teams – left the Jags with a final score of 752.55, 15.75 points better than the runner-up Falcons.
Divine Child suffered an eight-point deduction in the final round, but even without the penalty Allen Park would have won.
Allen Park is currently ranked third in the state in Division 2 and Divine Child is fourth.
The Jags are Ciara Zuke, Verionica Warren, Katie Szwed, Allysah Sainto, Sophia Mullins, Shelby Pauley, Ana Montaner, Delaney Milner, Riley McCardle, Brianna Lipa, Lexi Leszyzynski, Emily Kusulas, Korin Jaroslawski, Halie Howard, Amanda Gledhill, Nichol Francis, Jamie Furgerson, Courtney Felt, Madison Cox, Izzy Ciarrocchi, Alicia Buhnerkemper and Michelle Bacchetti.
Anderson, the two-time defending Division 1 state champ, did not fare well at Lake Orion.
The Titans were in fourth place after the first two rounds and still within striking distance of the leaders, but a blowout in final round did the Titans in.
Anderson was slapped with an eight-point penalty and would up eighth with a score of 738.5
The result was disappointing because this was Anderson’s chance to go head-to-head with some of its top state-ranked competition.
Winner Rochester is the No.1-ranked team in the state, runner up Lake Orion is No. 2 and fifth-place finisher Rochester Stoney Creek is fourth. Anderson came into the meet as the fifth-rated D1 team in the state.
There was also some disappointment for Grosse Ile in the Division 3 field.
After beating D3 second-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep at the News-Herald Invitational a week earlier, the Red Devils finished 22.78 points behind the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame scored 759.48 to win, while Grosse Ile posted a 736.70. Grosse Ile is currently ranked fourth in the state.
Elsewhere, Riverview scored 645.68 points and won its subdivision at the Walled Lake Western Warrior Invitational.
The Bucs’ score was fifth best among the 11 varsity teams at the event.
There were not many varsity teams at the Wayne-Monroe County meet at Summit Academy, but Division 2 Trenton (686.22 points) Division 1 Woodhaven (662.10) and Division 3 Summit (624.84) all took home top prizes.
Last Updated: 1/28/2014 6:40:32 PM EST