Paw Paw cheer team reaches goal to be among state’s top three

Matthew Day–

    Coach Stefanie Miller’s Paw Paw competitive cheer team went into Saturday’s  State competition with one goal in mind - to finish in the top three.  It has been the team’s goal since the start of the season - and the Lady Redskins achieved it.
    Paw Paw teams have been to the State competition eight out of the last nine years. Only three other schools in the state have been to the finals as many times as Miller’s Lady Redskins.  But, prior to Saturday, Paw Paw girls have finished no higher than fifth place.  
    So, last weekend’s third place was particularly gratifying for the team and their coach.
    The girls adopted a theme this year,  “Why not us?”  Coach Miller mapped out the season’s goals with the girls right from the start:  
    -They wanted to win the conference championship.
    -They would be District  and Regional champions.
    -They would finish among the top three at State. The team checked off all of its goals set some new team records along the way, as the Lady Reds captured the Wolverine Conference championship, and District and Regional titles.    
    In the first round at the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids last weekend, the Redskins were spot-on with their timing.  Their stunts were in sync and their score landed them in third place behind perennial powerhouses Richmond and Notre Dame Prep.  They were just four points out of first place, and entered the second round with fierceness and solid determination, for flawless execution of their routine. But the top three places did not change, except that Richmond stepped out to an even bigger lead at seven points.
    Heading into the final round, the Lady Reds left it all out on the floor and delivered an excellent performance that left Coach Miller with a huge smile on her face and jumping around full of excitement.  The girls had done all that they could do to and achieved their goal with a score only 2.10 points out of second place.

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