The competitive cheer team is ready to prove it has Ranger spirit


The girls varsity competitive cheerleading team has been practicing hard as the girls get ready to chant, stunt, and tumble into their upcoming season and show schools around the state that there is no spirit like Ranger spirit.

The team of 18 is getting fired up in all 3 rounds of competition to dominate and take over the floor. This season, they will compete 10 times against numerous opponents all over Michigan to prove that they are a force to be reckoned with. 

After harsh COVID-19 restrictions last season, returning girls like junior Sophie Kovachavich are looking forward to getting back into the normal parts of the sport. 

“I’m super excited to not only spend more time with my team and get even closer with them, but also to start competing new skills, chants, and stunts, especially with less COVID restrictions,” Sophie said. 

Fellow junior Jordyn Reens is also looking forward to the normal aspects of cheer that she missed last season.

“I’m looking forward to the competitions and having a more normal season than we had last year,” Jordyn said.

Every team has a rival, and the team is looking forward to their friendly competition against not only their sister schools but also their conference. 

“I’m looking forward to going up against any of the teams in our conference; there’s going to be some really good competition among them,” Jordyn Reens said.

Her teammate Sophie has some specific teams she can’t wait to go up against when the time comes. 

“This is tough, but probably FHN or FHE just because of friendly rivalry,” Sophie said. “But, I am also super excited to see what Cedar Springs has because they always do amazing.”

Aside from what the girls are excited about, head coach Hannah Parshall has high expectations for the ladies this season.

“Our team is looking great this year,” coach Parshall said. “We have a smaller team than last year but we have a lot more skills that we are bringing to the mat this year and I am super excited to show everyone what we have been working on.” 

The team has its first competition on Saturday, December 11, at 10:00 AM against multiple opponents to open the season strong. With all the excitement in the air for this team, it will only be a matter of time before people see just how far the girls will get this year. 

“We are extremely proud of this team and what they have accomplished so far and it’s only the beginning, so I can’t wait to see where we go from here,” coach Parshall said.