COMPETITIVE CHEER: Athens shocks three ranked teams, continues climb with first district crown; Lake Orion, Brandon also win titles | North Oakland Sports
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COMPETITIVE CHEER: Athens shocks three ranked teams, continues climb with first district crown; Lake Orion, Brandon also win titles

| February 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

BY DAN STICKRADT

SENIOR EDITOR

Dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.com

Twitter: @LocalSportsFans

TROY Troy Athens ventured through a perfect storm last weekend and came out unscathed with many firsts in the school’s competitive cheer history.

“It was a perfect day for us,” admitted veteran Athens coach Stephanie Brosky. “Together, everything came together for us.”

Host Athens won its first-ever Division 1 district championship, picking up multiple storylines along the way to accompany the championship hardware.

“We beat three really good teams,” noted Brosky. “We finished ahead of three ranked teams and we beat Rochester in a competition for the first time in our school history.”

Athens, unranked, collected a school record 780.38 points, one of two new school marks on the day, to win the title. Fourth-ranked Rochester Stoney Creek (778.18), top-ranked Rochester (776.14) and No. 10 Livonia Stevenson (776.08) followed suit, as the top four teams from each district advance to the regional round Feb. 22.

Utica Eisenhower (771.28), Rochester Adams (760.30), Troy (751.22), Livonia Franklin (725.72), West Bloomfield (6987.20) and Utica (647.89) rounded out the top 10 in the 14-school field.

“We set two school records, beat three ranked teams, finished ahead of Rochester and won a district championship. I would call it a great day for us,” added Brosky, whose team is trying to reach the state finals for the first time since reaching that plateau in both 2007 and 2008.

The top four teams from each region reach the state tournament. There are two regions in each of the state’s four division.

“The thing about us is that we graduated only one (athlete) from last year’s team, so we had just about the same team this season,” said Brosky. “We felt that we had a really good team this year, a lot of (varsity) experience. We knew we could do it. The girls just had to believe.”

Athens finished fifth at last year’s district, missing out of the regional competition by only a couple of points. Now, with a top-four finish this Saturday, also at Athens, the Red Hawks could join the state’s elite.

With second-ranked Lake Orion also winning its district, the OAA Red Division will have four teams competing at the regional level this weekend, including Rochester and Rochester Stoney Creek.

“Our league is always really tough and we’ve had two or three teams make it to the state finals (in the same year), but never four,” noted Brosky. “This year that is possible. All of us will have to have great days. But it is very possible. I think if that happens, it would be great for our league. I don’t think that has happened before — ever.”

LAKE ORION SHINING BRIGHT

LAKE ORION Lake Orion is having one of its best seasons to date. The Dragons, ranked in the top 10 all season with a long history of quality finishes in the past 15 years, is right in the thick of the Division 1’s elite teams in 2014.

The Dragons, who claimed the OAA Red Division earlier this season and have set a couple of school records, captured its second straight district title on their own mats last Saturday.

Lake Orion, currently ranked second, collected 769.76 points and had the highest scores in each of the three rounds (232.80, 225.46 and 311.50) to win by over 30 points at their own district.

Unranked Clarkston (738.22), Oxford (735.00) and Grand Blanc (726.88) grabbed the next three regional qualifying spots to head to the Hartland regional against teams from the state’s west side.

 

ORTONVILLE BRANDON RACKING IN TITLES

FENTON — Ortonville Brandon dominated all three competitions in the Flint Metro League to easy capture the conference crown. Now, the Blackhawks are making an impression in the state tournament.

Brandon, which missed out of a state finals berth last season after a rough day at the regional level, captured a Division 2 district crown at Fenton, winning by over 15 total points. The Blackhawks scored 746.66 points, well ahead of Clio (731.00), Flint Kearsley (715.58) and South Lyon (701.08).

Brandon scored 226.40 points in the first round to grab an eight-point lead and followed 210.46 and 309.80 to win in impressive style. The Blackhawks will host a 12-school regional this Saturday at 10 a.m.

 

 

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DIVISION 1 DISTRICT

(Feb. 15 at Troy Athens)

TEAM SCORES — 1.Troy Athens, 780.38; 2. Rochester Stoney Creek, 778.18; 3. Rochester, 776.14; 4. Livonia Stevenson, 776.08; 5. Utica Eisenhower, 771.28; 6. Rochester Adams, 760.30; 7. Troy, 751.22; 8. Livonia Franklin, 725.72; 9. West Bloomfield, 698.20; 10. Utica, 647.89; 11. North Farmington, 618.50; 12. Oak Park, 606.94; 13. Bloomfield Hills, 596.10; 14. Royal Oak, 338.90.

ROUND I — 1. Troy Athens, 234.70; 2. Rochester, 233.70; 3. Livonia Stevenson, 233.50; 4. Rochester Stoney Creek, 232.90; 5. Utica Eisenhower, 232.10; 6. Rochester Adams, 227.60; 7. Troy, 225.80; 8. Livonia Franklin, 220.00; 9. Utica, 219.40; 10. West Bloomfield, 212.50; 11. Oak Park, 199.60; 12. Bloomfield Hills, 193.00; 13. North Farmington, 192.00; 14. Royal Oak, 191.00.

ROUND II — 1. Rochester Stoney Creek, 228.48; 2. Troy Athens, 228.18; 3. Rochester, 228.14; 4. Livonia Stevenson, 226.78; 5. Utica Eisenhower, 226.78; 6. Rochester Adams, 223.20; 7. Troy, 219.32; 8. Livonia Franklin, 213.92; 9. West Bloomfield, 196.10; 10. Utica, 186.09; 11. Oak Park, 176.04; 12. North Farmington, 173.30; 13. Bloomfield Hills, 166.00; 14. Royal Oak, 169.90.

ROUND III — 1.Troy Athens, 317.50; 2. Rochester Stoney Creek, 316.80; 3. Livonia Stevenson, 315.80; 4. Rochester, 314.30; 5. Utica Eisenhower, 312.40; 6. Rochester Adams, 309.50; 7. Troy, 306.10; 8. Livonia Franklin, 291.80; 9. West Bloomfield, 289.60; 10. North Farmington, 271.20; 11. Oak Park, 259.30; 12. Utica, 250.40; 13. Bloomfield Hills, 237.10; 14. Royal Oak, 000.00.

 

 

DIVISION 1 DISTRICT

(Feb. 15 at Lake Orion H.S.)

TEAM SCORES — 1. Lake Orion, 769.76; 2. Clarkston, 738.22; 3. Oxford, 735.00; 4. Grand Blanc, 726.88; 5. Romeo, 703.24; 6. Flint Carman-Ainsworth, 684.60; 7. Davison, 672.44; 8. New Baltimore Anchor Bay, 665.42; 9. Grand Ledge, 637.36; 10. Midland, 620.54; 11. Traverse City West, 617.30; 12. Saginaw Heritage, 602.16; 13. Port Huron, 587.74.

ROUND I — 1. Lake Orion, 232.80; 2. Clarkston, 220.90; 3. Oxford, 219.90; 4. Grand Blanc, 217.30; 5. Flint Carman-Ainsworth, 218.00; 6. Davison, 214.50; 7. Romeo, 212.90; 8. Traverse City West, 213.20; 9. Grand Ledge, 212.70; 10. New Baltimore Anchor Bay, 209.80; 11. Midland, 195.70; 12. Port Huron, 194.80; 13. Saginaw Heritage, 191.70.

ROUND II — 1.Lake Orion, 225.46; 2. Oxford, 213.50; 3. Clarkston, 211.42; 4. Grand Blanc, 209.48; 5. Romeo, 200.54; 6. Flint Carman-Ainsworth, 196.80; 7. Davison, 191.14; 8. New Baltimore Anchor Bay, 183.02; 9; 9. Saginaw Heritage, 182.66; 10. Traverse City West, 175.50; 11. Grand Ledge, 172.56; 12. Port Huron, 161.94; 13. Midland, 159.94.

ROUND III — 1. Lake Orion, 311.50; 2. Clarkston, 305.90; 3. Oxford, 301.60; 4. Grand Blanc, 300.10; 5. Romeo, 289.80; 6. New Baltimore Anchor Bay, 280.60; 7. Grand Ledge, 276.10; 8. Midland, 272.90; 9. Flint Carman-Ainsworth, 270.00; 10. Davison, 266.80; 11. Traverse City West, 254.60; 12. Saginaw Heritage, 243.80; 13. Port Huron, 239.00.

 

DIVISION 2 DISTRICT

(Feb. 15 at Fenton H.S.)

TEAM SCORES — 1. Ortonville Brandon, 746.66; 2. Clio, 731.00; 3. Flint Kearsley, 715.58; 4. South Lyon, 701.08; 5. Fenton, 677.08; 6. Swartz Creek, 675.06; 7. Holly, 672.48; 8. Fowlerville, 666.92; 9. Lapeer East, 649.04; 10. Flushing, 648.92; 11. Linden, 634.58; 12. Lapeer West, 631.72; 13. South Lyon East, 597.78; 14. North Branch, 497.80.

ROUND I — 1. Ortonville Brandon, 226.40; 2. South Lyon, 218.90; 3. Flint Kearsley, 216.60; 4. Clio, 215.10; 5. Holly, 214.10; 6. Linden, 211.40; 7. Swartz Creek, 210.20; 8.

Fowlerville, 207.40; 9. Fenton, 202.60; 10. Lapeer East, 202.50; 11. Lapeer West, 201.00; 12. Flushing, 200.30; 13. South Lyon East, 194.50; 14. North Branch, 176.00.

ROUND II — 1. Ortonville Brandon, 210.46; 2. Clio, 208.80; 3. Flint Kearsley,  204.38;l 4. South Lyon, 193.08; 5. Fenton, 185.88; 6. Swartz Creek, 185.86; 7. Holly, 190.68; 8. Lapeer West, 183.32; 9. Fowlerville, 180.22; 10. Lapeer East, 180.14; 11. Flushing, 177.22; 12. Linden, 174.78; 13. South Lyon East, 171.18; 14. North Branch, 150.80.

ROUND III — 1. Ortonville Brandon, 309.80; 2. Clio, 307.10; 3. Flint Kearsley, 207.10; 4. South Lyon, 289.10; 5. Fenton, 288.60; 6. Fowlerville, 279.30; 7. Swartz Creek, 279.00; 8. Holly, 275.70; 9. Flushing, 271.40; 10. Lapeer East, 266.40; 11. Linden, 258.40; 12. South Lyon East, 248.10; 13. Lapeer West, 247.40; 14. North Branch, 219.00.

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