Cheer program continues to roll

For their third straight victory in the 2019-20 season for the Oxford Wildcats competitive cheerleading team ran past area rival Clarkston Wolves, 724.1-660.02, to win the Oakland County Cheer Competition (OCADA) at the Ian Smith Gymnasium on Jan. 25.

The team following their victory in the Oakland County Cheer Competition (OCADA) at the Ian Smith Gymnasium on Jan. 25. Assistant coach Kelly Westbrook is pictured in the blue top on the left, head coach Alanna Weber is in gray on the right.

Hitting the mat for the first time since the first Oakland Activities Association (OAA) White meet at Avondale High School on Jan. 16, the girls delivered an inspired performance, racing out to a 14-point lead, 226.3-212.3, after the first round, referred to as the “Required Round.”
Round two, called the “Compulsory Round,” has not been a problem for the Wildcats this season. The “Open Round,” round three, however, has been a different story.
After struggling in the final round in each of their last two competitions, the girls produced a score of 288 at OCADA, their highest round three total of the campaign.
“That’s an important improvement for us,” head coach Alanna Weber said of her team’s increased round three performance. “We also had two girls get new skills this week – landing back tucks – which is a really big deal and helped us solidify our win.
“Our round one score was our second-highest this season, too. We still have some little fixes and critiques we must make in all three rounds, and hopefully we will put together a really solid competition for Wednesday (Jan. 29).”
The second of their three OAA White meets and the second consecutive event at home, Oxford will welcome in the other five divisional members on Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. The Wildcats were victorious in the first league showdown, edging the Avondale Yellow Jackets by a point-and-a-half.
“Avondale has been our nemesis,” assistant coach Kelly Westbrook said. “We only have that point-and-a-half lead right now and last year was a similar deal, we held them off by 0.88 points.
“This competition has been one we’ve had circled all year. Last season, we lost the second league meet to Avondale, so this year we have been focusing on the importance of trying to sweep all three so we can put ourselves in the best position possible going into the championship.”

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