On Sunday the 10th, the cheer and STUNT team took a trip to Michigan State University to compete against three big competitors: University of Michigan, Michigan State Universtity and Grand Valley State University.
The team had dominating victories over all three teams.
“It was a great event. Michigan State and Alma were the first teams in Michigan to participate in STUNT, so there is a ton of tradition in our rivalry,” said Michelle Sabourin, head coach of the cheer and STUNT team.
“Our team played very well and did exactly what we asked of them, which is to improve every time we take the mat,” said Sabourin.
The team beat the University of Michigan 21-0, Grand Valley State University 20-10 and the host MSU 15-12.
“It is nice to win games, especially against really talented competitors, and that’s ultimately what factors into advancing the team to nationals,” said Bre Ramos (‘19).
“We go into STUNT games trying to beat our best routines from practice,” said Ramos.
“We try to compete against ourselves, and when we do that is when we’ve found the most success.”
“Every season, each team gets stronger and the competition gets harder,” said Gabby Saum (‘20).
The team’s mentality this season has been to compete not only against other teams but to beat themselves in order to improve as a team.
But simply getting better is not the only goal of the team.
“This year we are focused on doing our job to qualify for STUNT nationals for the 6th straight year,” said Sabourin.
“We want to take the season as a marathon, and work to peak at the national tournament,” said Sabourin.
“Hopefully we can continue to keep growing stronger, bonding and becoming a well rounded team,” said Saum.
The team also wants to keep enjoying their competitive spirit and atmosphere with themselves and other teams.
“We’ve been practicing to prepare for pressure and perform our best routines,” said Ramos.
“Our goal is to continue progressing and be where we want to be when May comes around,” said Ramos.
The team has events coming up both at home and away, with goals of continuing its hot win streak.