Roosevelt competitive cheerleaders finding success

Photo by Larry Caruso

The Roosevelt high school competitive cheerleading team is putting together quite a 2019-20 season and the Bears recently took home some hardware, including the top trophy from their own invitational.

The Bears were first at the nine-team Wyandotte Invitational on Jan. 25. Roosevelt was first first by more than 35 points over runner up Trenton. The Bears scored 76.24 to Trenton’s 731.84.

The Bears were first in all three rounds.

Following the scoring after the Bears and the Trojans were Livonia Churchill, Grosse Ile, Saline, Lincoln Park, South Lyon, Walled Lake Central and Monroe.

Roosevelt also won the junior varsity with a score of 587.08. The jayvee Bears beat Canton, Churchill, Monroe and Walled Lake Central.

At the February 1 Grosse Ile Invitational, the Bears took home first-place honors in Division 1 and they finished fourth overall behind powerful Carlson and Southgate and just a fraction behind third-place Riverview.

Carlson, who is the two-time defending Division 2 state champion, scored 784.43 points – the highest score at the competition. Southgate scored 767.00 to finish second.

Riverview, which was third in division 3 at the event, scored 754.22 to shade Division 1 champ Roosevelt, which had a final score of 754.02

Following Wyandotte were Airport (743.08), Flat Rock (731.26), Grosse Ile (726.82), LAke Odessa Lakewood (718.62), Bedford (704.20),  Dearborn Edsel Ford (608.34), Taylor (512.76) and Dearborn (498.20)

The Wyandotte jayvee finished third behind Carlson and Riverview.

At the Downriver League championship,hosted by Woodhaven High School, Roosevelt was fifth among eight varsity teams.

The Bears scored 740.82 to finish behind champ Carlson (790.04), Allen Park (788.36), Woodhaven (784.08) and Anderson (758.46). Roosevent finished ahead of Trenton, Lincoln Park and Dearborn.

The Bears bounced back with a solid performance at the Pat Christenson Memorial Invitational hosted by Carlson on Feb. 7. The Bears were third behind the host Marauders and Allen Park.

Carlson scored 786.58 points and Allen Park scored 769.89 and they were the only teams to place ahead of the Bears.

Wyandotte placed third (758.78) and beat Airport, Grosse Ile, Flat Rock, Trenton, Lincoln Park, Taylor and Summit Academy.

At the massive DeltaPlex Invitational, the Bears were one of 55 varsity teams in  four classes to compete.

Wyandotte was 10th among 18 Division 1 teams, with a fine score of 773.14.

There were six Downriver teams at the competition and Roosevelt finished ahead of all of them except Woodhaven, which scored 781.76 and finished sixth in Division 1. The Bears’ final score was higher than that of Anderson, Trenton, Flat Rock and Grosse Ile.

The Bears were in action at the Michigan High School Athletic Association districts at Plymouth Feb. 22. If they qualified, the next action is regionals at Troy Athens on Jan 29.

The state finals Grand Rapids on March 6.

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