GRAND LEDGE – The Grand Ledge varsity team has qualified for Mid American Pompon State Championship.
The varsity and junior varsity teams participated in the 36th Annual Mid American Pompon Regional Qualifying Competition at Heritage High School in Saginaw Jan.17.
Routines were two to 3.5 minutes in length set to music and required a minimum of four consecutive high kicks within a minimum 32 count connected kick-line sequence.
Judging was based on appearance, use of poms, precision, choreography, skill, timing, formations, showmanship, kick-line, and overall impression.
The Grand Ledge team left it all on the floor in their crowd-pleasing routine set to a music montage of “Hey Ya”, “Wild Life”, and “Jungle”.
The judges agreed and the 13-member team led by Coach Patty Sanchez heads to the 2015 MAPP State Championship at MSU’s Breslin Center Feb. 8.
“Our team worked very hard to prepare for this competition,” said Varsity Coach Patty Sanchez. “The girls knew how important it was to stay focused at practice as well as continuing to condition every week. It took dedication, which paid off in the end. I’m very proud of every member of GL Pom!”
Team Captain Morgan Douglas added, “We have a talented team this year who gives 100 percent. It was a surreal experience for me on the court when I realized it was my last chance to qualify for states at the high school level. We are very excited to perform again this year on the floor of the Breslin.”
The JV team performed its routine set to “Love Runs Out,” but came up short on qualifying for the state competition.
Both teams travel to Alma College for the Michigan Pom Association Championship on Sunday, Feb. 1 and the St. Johns High School Invitational on Feb. 7.