Cheerleaders, fans have successful fundraiser at Brethren

Brethren’s cheer team in action at the 27th annual Brethren Cheer Competition on Feb. 3. From left, Kaitlyn Weaver (base), Mackenzie Vandenberg (back spot), Abbie Rittenhouse (flyer) and Makayla Murray (base).  (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

Brethren’s cheer team in action at the 27th annual Brethren Cheer Competition on Feb. 3. From left, Kaitlyn Weaver (base), Mackenzie Vandenberg (back spot), Abbie Rittenhouse (flyer) and Makayla Murray (base). (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — The local cheerleading community rallied together in Brethren on Feb. 3 to help one of their own.

Eight varsity teams and two middle-school squads competed at the 27th annual Brethren Competitive Cheer meet, but the results of the competition paled in comparison to the results off the mat.

The meet served as a fundraiser for former Bobcat cheerleader Amedy Dewey, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a tragic shooting on Jan. 6.

Between the bake sales, Brethren apparel sales and other fundraisers, the meet raised over $1210. In addition, Brethren head coach Deb Maxey said that another Brethren cheer alumna, Kiowa Luzier, raised another $1000 to go toward Dewey’s recovery.

On the mat, Brethren finished fifth overall and Manistee sixth out of eight varsity teams, a field comprised of schools from Division 1 to Division 4.

Brethren amassed a score of 579.7 to finish third in the very tough Division 4 competition, behind Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian, who won the overall title, and the second-place team overall, East Jordan.

Manistee finished with a score of 494.9, third in the Division 3 competition behind Kingsley and Ludington.

Brethren and Manistee also sent middle-school teams, with the Bobcats coming out on top.

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Posted by Scott Yoshonis

Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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