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Richmond claims 15th straight BWAC cheer title

By Joseph Hayes

It was yet another outstanding performance.

The Richmond High School competitive cheer team went home with yet another banner accomplishment Wednesday — they are Blue Water Area Conference champions yet again.

The competitive cheer team is celebrating its 15th consecutive conference title and the 17th overall in program history after out-dueling the competition Wednesday night in Richmond.

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“It’s a halfway point in our season,” Richmond coach Kelli Matthes said of the accomplishment. “It’s one of those goals that we check off the list.

“Win the BWAC championship, check. Now you focus on districts and then from districts you focus on what comes next.”

Richmond walked away as the winner on Wednesday after finishing the three-round competition with a score of 772.44.

Croswell-Lexington was second overall (747.14), followed by Armada (725.54) and Algonac (669.04).

“It’s something that doesn’t come easy to us every year,” Richmond competitive cheerleader Noelle Riggs said. “Sometimes people come in and they think it’s just the BWAC, it’s not regionals, it’s not states.

“But every year the teams we compete with get better too. It’s not just us getting better and growing. When we win it, it’s a sense of relief. We are getting closer to that state championship. We can do this. It’s one of those things we are proud of ourselves for it. We are excited. This is the peak of our season. We keep doing it for practice. When we get to districts it’s that peak for us and it’s the best time. The vibes change and it’s a different team.”

The Richmond middle school team also walked away as the winner of its competition, with a score of 395.6.

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