GRAND RAPIDS – Hartland competitive cheer coach Lizzie Nash was already thinking about next season Saturday, the day after the Eagles finished sixth in the Division 1 state meet at the DeltaPlex.
“Most of the girls had been there before,” the first-year coach said, “but our younger girls have to step up now and be leaders. It was a good experience for them, and they got a lot out of it.”
Grandville won the title, edging Rochester by less than a point and a half for the title.
Nash said “little things” hampered her team, especially in the second round.
“We had some timing issues during our rounds,” she said. “We had a great warmup, a great practice, and then there were the little things. Some were letting the nerves get the best of them.”
But, she said, despite the Round 2 problems, Round 3 went much better.
“It was excellent,” she said. “At the end of the day, they were happy, smiling and really proud of themselves.”
Nash, who was at her first career cheer final, said she learned, too.
“I took a lot out of the atmosphere and how exciting it was,” she said. “We’ll be more ready to experience that next year. Having been there will help us know what it’s all about (in 2016).”
The Eagles had 10 seniors, most of whom had been on state-finals teams the last four years.
“The upperclassmen did a great job of leading these girls,” Nash said. “I’m really proud of them, and they ended their careers on a good note. We’re proud of them.”
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