Only two area teams, Mason County Central and Reeths-Puffer, qualified for the MHSAA competitive cheer state championships on Friday and Saturday with their finishes at the regional tournaments last weekend. The top four in each division advance.
Mason County Central found itself standing in fifth place after the second round at the Division 4 regional in Jenison, and needing to rally in the third and final round if it hoped to advance.
The Spartans did just that, with an outstanding performance that vaulted them into fourth place and stamped their ticket into the state championships.
In fact, the Spartans had the highest score of any team in the third round to snag the final qualifying berth.
After the first round, Mason County Central had 205.20 points and then saw their score dip to 176.20 in the second round for a sub-total of 381.40 going into the third round.
Knowing they needed a spectacular finish in order to see their season continue, the Spartans scored 290 points in the third round. Regional champion Lawton was the closest to them with 287.10.
That third round score gave the Spartans a total of 671.40. Lawton had a total score of 691.00, Beal City was second with 682.50 and Pewamo-Westphalia third with 675.24.
Mason County Central will compete in the Division 4 state finals at 2 p.m. at the Delta Plex in Walker.
At the Division 2 regional in Kenowa Hills the Reeths-Puffer Rockets secured their berth in the state finals with a third place finish behind regional champion DeWitt and runnerup Cedar Springs, and ahead of fourth place Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern.
Reeths-Puffer scored 223.50 in the first round and 220.14 in the second for a sub-total of 443.64 before closing it out with 307.00 points in the third round for a total score of 750.64 points.
Spring Lake was 11th and did not make the state finals. Whitehall finished sixth, Hart ninth and Montague 12th in the Division 3 regional at Rockford and also missed the cut for the state finals.