Pontiac Notre Dame Preparatory cheerleaders and coaches pose with their MHSAA regional championship trophy on Tuesday.
Posted Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Perennial powerhouse Pontiac Notre Dame Preparatory won the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3, Region 6 competitive cheer championship on Tuesday, March 23, at Novi.
Notre Dame advances to the MHSAA Division 3 final on Friday, March 26, at the Breslin Center at Michigan State University.
Notre Dame avenged a district loss to their longtime Division 3 rival Richmond at the regional.
The Blue Devils edged the Irish 781.78 to 772.34 in the District 15 competition on March 20 at Armada.
On Tuesday, Notre Dame was tied with Richmond for second place after the first round, 1.6 points behind Croswell-Lexington. Notre Dame was
still in second place after the second round, as Flat Rock took the lead with a strong 226.62 score in the round. Notre Dame trailed Flat Rock by 4.6 points heading into the final round.
The Irish did just enough to pull out the regional win, scoring 312.6 points in the final round for a total of 764.02. Croswell-Lexington finished second, only .02 behind at 764.00. Flat Rock was third at 762.22 and Richmond was fourth at 759.94.
Notre Dame placed second to Richmond in 2020 and 2019 in the Division 3 championships. Competitive cheer was one of the few winter sports to be completed in 2020 before the pandemic canceled high school sports in the state.
The Irish won four straight Division 3 championships from 2014 to 2018. Richmond was the runner-up each of those years. Richmond won the title in 2012 and 2013.