The AIA State Spiritline Championships was this past weekend. Competition Cheer, Competition Pom, and Partner Stunt were all competing for a chance of a state title. The championship is held in Prescott Valley, Arizona. We got to the competition at 7:30 and started to prepare for our long day of events. First was partner stunt. Coach Alex said “I am so proud of Tyler Reddin and Mikayla Shepherd. They have been practicing together for only six months and qualified for State their first time together as partner stunt. Many partner stunt pairs have years of experience.” Tyler and Mikayla with their spotter Rosie took the mat at state and made a huge presence. Tyler and Mikayla hit a strong routine with a lot of energy. They ended up taking 6th place at State. Coach Alex said “These two have the potential to be amazing in partner stunt, they are both committed to working really hard this summer to advance their skills. These two are going to do great things, just wait and see.”
The next team to perform was Pom. These girls and guy are the defending State Pom Champions. During qualifiers they placed second to Globe and have been working on harder skill since November. They knew what needed to be done to take the first place title at State they needed to hit their routine flawlessly. We they took the floor at competition and the music started it was a little low and I thought they might get off count, said coach Alex. The low music did not throw them off and they brought the house down with their performance. The crowd loved the routine, and after their performance Jace Lefevers was interviewed about his performance and he said “It was what I hoped it would be, and considering it my first year on pom I think I did pretty exceptional.” Jace was right the pom routine was exceptional and they took the title home again this year, back to back pom State champions!
Cheer was the last team to perform on Saturday. We worked really hard in practice all week to clean up the small details of the routine. Coach Alex said “This team has so much raw talent and in the short time I’ve been their coach I have seen them grow and progress.” We circled up for the last time this season behind the curtain. I told them “This is your time, I want you to go out there and leave it all on the mat. I don’t want you to walk off the mat thinking you could have done something better. Now is your time to do it for one another, own that mat.” As soon as the team took the floor and the music started they did just that. They had their best performance of the season they hit everything! This team is more than just getting together to do a routine, they are a family! They know they have 23 brothers and sisters they can depend on. Cheer ended up bringing home 3rd place at the State Championships.
The best was yet in store, we were going for the Overall Division II State Championship. To qualify you must have an entry in every division; partner stunt, pom, and cheer. Then they combine your scores from all three event and the school with the highest score takes home the division title. They called all of the top five schools down to the floor and slowly started announcing the places. When they got to second place and announced Douglas we knew this meant we won. Next the moment we had dreamed and worked so hard for. They announced North Pointe Prep Overall Division II State Champions. It was a great moment with many tears of happiness. Coach Alex said “I couldn’t have asked for a better first season! As a new coach to a school it’s always an adjustment, and these athletes welcomed me with open arms. This team had two great senior leaders Aubrey Martin and Samantha Burgmeier who always set a great example, even when things were hard they kept the team up with positivity. I am honored to be a part of a program with a long history of excellence, and I hope to keep this legacy of excellence going for many seasons to come!”