Finals Preview: Familiar Competition for No. 1

February 28, 2013

By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half editor

A year ago, Southgate Anderson capped the MHSAA Division 1 Competitive Cheer Final with its first championship. 

This weekend, 22 of the 32 teams competing at the Grand Rapids DeltaPlex also made the Finals last year. But 20 are aspiring to become first-time champions as well. 

The Division 1 Final begins at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by Division 2 at 10 a.m., Division 4 at 2 p.m. and Division 3 at 6 p.m. Saturday. Check back with Second Half throughout the weekend for coverage from all four. 

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Division 1

Rank: No. 5
League finish: Second in O-K Red
Coach: Stacy Sheler, 12th season
Championship history: Two runner-up finishes (most recently 2010).
Top score: 777.80 at the District. 
Team composition: 23 total (five seniors, nine juniors, six sophomores, three freshmen). 
 The Falcons are coming off a sixth-place finish at last season’s Final. Six of East Kentwood’s last eight scores this winter have been 772 or higher, and the Falcons finished first at five of 12 regular-season events this season. That top score above placed them third at their District.

Rank: No. 7
League finish: Third in the O-K Red
Coach: Julie Smith-Boyd, 32nd season
Championship history: Five MHSAA titles (most recently 2011), seven runner-up finishes.
Top score: 779.70 at the Regional. 
Team composition: 31 total (nine seniors, six juniors, 12 sophomores, four freshmen). 
Grandville returns after finishing eighth at last season’s Final. The Bulldogs won their Regional last week, which was their first first-place finish of this season and came after placing second at their District. The Regional championship was the team’s second during the last five seasons.

Rank: No. 1
League finish: First in Kensington Lakes Activities Association Kensington Conference
Coach: Amanda Adkins, second season
Championship history: Seeking first top-two Finals finish.
Top score: 785. 02 at the District. 
Team composition: 22 total (three seniors, nine juniors, eight sophomores, two freshmen).
 The Eagles soared into this season with five first places in their first six events, and they've never finished lower than third this winter. Two of their top three scores have come over the last two weekends at the District and Regional, and they are poised to move up after finishing fourth at last season’s Final. Senior Carolyn Ventura made the all-state second team in 2012, and seniors Nicole Oliverio and Katie Manley earned honorable mentions.  

Rank: No. 8
League finish: First in O-K Red
Coach: Amanda Cooper, eighth season
Championship history: Finished runner-up in 2012.
Top score: 792.06 at the District.  
Team composition: 29 total (nine seniors, 17 juniors, three sophomores)
 Hudsonville’s runner-up finish at the 2012 Final was its best ever, and the Eagles kept the momentum by winning all three O-K meets this winter – finishing ahead of two others that are also in Friday night’s field. Hudsonville has broken 783 four times. Seniors Jenna White, Kaitlin Hamacher and Megan Pipe and junior Jazmine Moore made the all-state first team last winter, with junior Casey Raborn making the second team and seniors Nicole Sadler and McKenna Smith earning honorable mentions.

Rank: No. 6
League finish: First in Oakland Activities Association (Red and overall)
Coach: Susan Wood, 32nd season
Championship history: 12 MHSAA titles (most recently 2009), three runner-up finishes.
Top score: 780.88
Team composition: 29 total (12 seniors, seven juniors, 10 sophomores). 
 Rochester has six first places to its credit this season, including at three in its last four events. This will be the Falcons’ fourth trip to the Finals over the last five seasons, and after finishing seventh a year ago. The DeltaPlex has been good lately to Rochester, which won the 21-team PR Cheer DeltaPlex Meet at the end of the regular season.

Rank: No. 4
League finish: Third in OAA Red
Coach: Tricia Williams, 10th season
Championship history: Won MHSAA title in 2010. 
Top score: 780.82 
Team composition: 23 total (eight seniors, nine juniors, six sophomores).
 Stoney Creek finished third at last season’s Final, five points off the lead, and bumped its score up 24 points from the District to win its Regional last weekend. That Regional title was the team’s third in four seasons. Junior Kacey Joseph earned an all-state honorable mention last season.

Rank: No. 3
League finish: First in Downriver League
Coach: Colette Norscia, 14th season
Championship history: MHSAA champion in 2012.
Top score: 781.58
Team composition: 25 total (three seniors, 11 juniors, three sophomores, eight freshmen). 
Anderson graduated nine from its first MHSAA champion team, but a large group of juniors bring title-winning experience this weekend. Junior Holly Zmijewski and senior Morgan Farrah made the all-state first team in 2012, while junior Marisa Laginess made the second team and senior Kayla Miletti and junior Brittany Walton earned honorable mentions. Their third place at the Regional was the Titans’ only finish lower than second this winter.

Rank: No. 9
League finish: Second in Macomb Area Conference Red
Coach: Brianna Verdoodt, ninth season
Championship history: MHSAA runner-up in 2011.
Top score: 774.56 
Team composition: 31 total (six seniors, eight juniors, seven sophomores, 10 freshmen). 
 After missing last season’s Finals, Stevenson is back to try and improve on its 2011 second-place finish. The Titans won three of their first four events this season, including setting that high score in claiming its division at the Richmond Invitational. 

Division 2

Rank: No. 2
League finish: Third in Downriver League
Coach: Laura Hickman, second season
Championship history: Won MHSAA title in 2010, one runner-up finish.
Top score: 757.56 
Team composition: 22 total (seven seniors, seven juniors, seven sophomores, one freshman).
Outlook: A significant number of standouts will lead Allen Park into Saturday after helping the Jaguars to fourth place in 2012. Juniors Nichol Francis and Brianna Lipa made the all-state first team last season, senior Madison Horvath and junior Jamie Furgerson made the second team and senior Adrianna McJunkin and sophomore Shelby Pauley earned honorable mentions. Allen Park opened this season with five straight first-place finishes and hasn't placed lower than third.

Rank: No. 1
League finish: First in Detroit Catholic High School League
Coach: Amber Genevich, eighth season
Championship history: Finished runner-up in 2012 and 2011.
Top score: 776.85 
Team composition: 22 total (six seniors, nine juniors, seven sophomores).
 After finishing second the last two seasons and missing the title last winter by three points, is this the weekend Divine Child wins its first championship? The Falcons broke 770 points in just their third event and have scored 760 or higher over their last four. Seniors Alexandria Greco and Kristen Saunders return after making the all-state first team last season, while seniors Melanie Pierce, Jennifer Cimino and Brianne Pangrazzi made the second and junior Emily Penny earned an honorable mention.

Rank: No. 7
League finish: First in Capital Area Activities Conference (Red and overall)
Coach: Candace Heskitt, fifth season
Championship history: Finished runner-up in 2007.
Top score: 775.44
Team composition: 28 total (seven seniors, seven juniors, five sophomores, nine freshmen).
 The Panthers can boast nine first-place finishes in 12 events this season, and raise their game when it counts most – their current win streak includes their CAAC division and overall titles and wins at their District and Regional. DeWitt finished sixth at last season’s Division 2 Final.

Rank: No. 4
League finish: Second in Downriver League
Coach: Danielle Jokela, seventh season
Championship history: Five MHSAA titles (most recently 2012), four runner-up finishes
Top score: 787.98
Team composition: 20 total (five seniors, seven juniors, five sophomores, three freshmen).
 Carlson hopes to win its third straight title and fifth in six seasons. The Marauders have won all of their competitions this season except two – they were runners-up in the league and Regional meets – and have scored at least 783 four times. Senior Annie Hajec and junior Maelyn Russo made the all-state first team last season, while junior Chelsea Robb made the second and senior Miranda Colmer earned an honorable mention.

Rank: Unranked
League finish: First in O-K Bronze/White
Coach:  Jacquie DeJonge, 20th season
Championship history: Seeking first top-two Finals finish.
Top score: 746.66
Team composition: 26 total (eight seniors, nine juniors, seven sophomores, two freshmen).
 The Eagles earned this berth by soundly finishing fourth at their Regional ahead of, among others, No. 4 Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills and No. 8 Middleville Thornapple Kellogg. That top score came at the Regional and was only four points out of putting Grand Rapids Christian in second place.

Rank: No. 9
League finish: First in Saginaw Valley Association
Coach: Alicia Rudoni, second season
Championship history: MHSAA runner-up in 2009.
Top score: 748.56
Team composition: 22 total (seven seniors, four juniors, seven sophomores, four freshmen).
 The Oilers are back at the Finals after falling short at last season’s Regional. Mount Pleasant has only one finish below third place this season, and broke 748 both at the Regional and in winning the Breckenridge Invitational earlier this season.

Rank: Unranked
League finish: First in Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference
Coach: Jenna Ruddell, second season
Championship history: Seeking first top-two Finals finish.
Top score: 765.82
Team composition: 22 total (four seniors, eight juniors, four sophomores, six freshmen).
 Ruddell brings a variety of experiences to the Bears – she’s coached at five high schools and also Central Michigan University and Ferris State – and her knowledge is paying off quickly. She took St. Joseph to the Regional last season, and the Bears raised their performance another level this winter despite a relatively young team. St. Joseph has broken 750 points four times.

Rank: No. 6
League finish: Fourth in Downriver League
Coach: Elissa Cumiskey, ninth season
Championship history: Seeking first top-two Finals finish.
Top score: 751.72
Team composition: 16 total (two seniors, seven juniors, two sophomores, five freshmen).
Roosevelt is making its first Finals appearance since 2008 and has the eighth-highest score in Division 2 this winter. The Bears already have had success in Grand Rapids this season, winning their division of the DeltaPlex Invitational. 

Division 3

Rank: No. 6
League finish: First in O-K Blue
Coach: Kathy Felty, 20 season
Championship history: Two MHSAA titles (most recently 2011), three runner-up finishes.
Top score: 763.44 
Team composition: 20 total (six seniors, five juniors, seven sophomores, two freshmen). 
Outlook: Comstock Park finished runner-up last season for the second time in three after also winning Division 3 in 2012. Only once this season have the Panthers finished lower than second at a competition, and that was a third against mostly Division 2 competition at the LMCCOA Scholarship Invitational. A number of veterans will try to claim another title, led by returning first-team all-state seniors Emily Geraghty and Christina Arnone and sophomore Brianna Pincombe. Juniors Lisa Egner and Kelsie Barnhart made the all-state second team last season, and sophomores Sabrina Arnone and Hayley Robinson earned honorable mentions.

Rank: No. 5
League finish: First in Huron League
Coach: Jayme Judd, third season
Championship history: Two MHSAA titles (most recently 2010), one runner-up finish.
Top score: 736.34
Team composition: 21 total (four seniors, five juniors, seven sophomores, five freshmen).
 Grosse Ile finished third at last season’s Final and only two points out of second place. The Red Devils opened this season with six straight victories and have won eight events total so far. A number of standouts could make this another big finish – junior Ciara Nellenbach made the all-state first team last season, with senior Brittany Evans and junior Sydney Sexton made the second and seniors Olivia Koklanaris and Sabhin Butto earned honorable mentions.

Rank: Unranked
League finish: First in CAAC White
Coach: Kim Martin, 18th season
Championship history: Seeking first top-two Finals finish.
Top score: 742.6
Team composition: 18 total (eight seniors, four juniors, two sophomores, four freshmen).
 Lakewood frequently is one of the top teams in the mid-Michigan area and has won four straight league titles; the Vikings finished second to only Division 2 qualifier DeWitt at the all-CAAC meet this season. Lakewood upped its score 37 points from the District to place fourth at the Regional ahead of No. 9 Holland Christian and No. 10 Grand Rapids Catholic Central, among others.

Rank: No. 7
League finish: Second in Wolverine Conference
Coach: Nicole Durr, ninth season
Championship history: Seeking first top-two Finals finish.
Top score: 726.82
Team composition: 20 total (six seniors, six juniors, three sophomores, five freshmen).
 Otsego is back at the Finals for the first time since 2010 and in part on the strength of a District championship. The Bulldogs shine brightest in Round 3, and their 307.8 this season is the sixth-highest score for that round in Division 3.

Rank: No. 4
League finish: Second in Tri-Valley Conference
Coach: Katie Calverley, first season
Championship history: Two MHSAA titles (most recently 2005).
Top score: 756.66
Team composition: 14 total (three seniors, four juniors, two sophomores, five freshmen).
 Calverley, a member of the 2005 and 2004 Ovid-Elsie MHSAA champion teams, has the Marauders back after they missed the Finals last season. Ovid-Elsie had finished first or second at all of its events this season before taking third at the Regional, but its high score this season also is the fourth-highest in all of Division 3.

Rank: No. 8
League finish: First in Wolverine Conference
Coach: Stefanie Miller, fourth season
Championship history: Seeking first top-two Finals finish.
Top score: 737.08  
Team composition: 21 total (three seniors, six juniors, seven sophomores, five freshmen).  
 Paw Paw will look to build on last season’s sixth-place finish at the Final, and returns all-state second-team senior Tracy Simpkins and honorable mention Kaleigh Davies. Paw Paw finished first or second in all but one event so far this season, and just ahead of Finals qualifier Otsego to win the Wolverine Conference.

Rank: No. 1
League finish: Second in Detroit Catholic High School League
Co-coaches: Beth Campbell and Samantha Mularski, first seasons
Championship history: Seeking first top-two Finals finish.
Top score: 767.08
Team composition: 26 total (seven seniors, six juniors, seven sophomores, six freshmen).
 Campbell – formerly coach at Troy – and Mularski took over a program this winter that finished fourth at last season’s Final and looks like a strong possibility to achieve its first top-two finish. Notre Dame has finished among the top two at all of its events this season and has traded top spots the last two weekends with reigning champion Richmond – Notre Dame won the District and finished second at the Regional. Senior Hannah Genord made the all-state second team last season, and senior Emily Rodriguez and junior Lauren Sadowski earned honorable mentions.

Rank: No. 2
League finish: First in Blue Water Area Conference
Coach: Kelli Matthes, fifth season
Championship history: MHSAA champion 2012, runner-up 2011.
Top score: 780.14
Team composition: 19 total (seven seniors, seven juniors, four sophomores, one freshmen).
 Last season’s first-ever championship firmly established Richmond as the Division 3 team to beat – the Blue Devils have won five league, four District and four Regional titles during Matthes’ five seasons. Richmond has scored at least 771 points in each of its last five events. Seniors Ashley Barrett and Joanna Fenwick and junior Tiannah Banks made the all-state first team last season, seniors Alyssa Brickel and Courtney Russell made the second and senior Caity Wright and junior Jessica Bishop earned honorable mentions. 

Division 4

Rank: No. 3
League finish: First in West Michigan Conference
Coach: Jennifer Hlady , sixth season
Championship history: Seeking first top-two Finals finish.
Top score: 738.34
Team composition: Six total (three seniors, one junior, one sophomore, one freshman). 
Outlook: Hart is small in number but remains powerful in spirit, and could make a run at a top finish after placing fifth in 2012. The team has finished first or second at all of its events this season, and that high score came in earning the District title. Seniors Alex DuPont and Ariana Ferwerda made the all-state second team last season, and senior Kelsey Mead and junior Stacie Shellhouse earned honorable mentions.

Rank: No. 5
League finish: Fourth in Lenawee County Athletic Association
Coach: Kelly Bailey, 21st season
Championship history: Four runner-up finishes (most recently 2010).
Top score: 737.22
Team composition: 16 total (three seniors, two juniors, four sophomores, seven freshmen).
 Hudson is back coming off a third-place finish at last season’s Final, and also is coming off its best score this season in finishing second at its Regional. Seniors Payton Darr and Katie Mattison made the all-state first team last season, and senior Amanda Rodriguez made the second.

Rank: No. 7
League finish: Does not compete in a league.
Coach: Jennifer Nagy-Schneider, fourth season
Championship history: Seeking first top-two Finals finish.
Top score: 720.74
Team composition: 11 total (five seniors, three juniors, three sophomores).
 Iron Mountain is one of a strong group of Upper Peninsula teams that qualified in Division 4 and last season finished sixth in Grand Rapids. Iron Mountain’s top Round 1 and 2 scores both rank sixth for the entire division this season. Senior Kassidy Schaut made the all-state second team last season, and senior Cassy Secinaro earned an honorable mention.

Rank: No. 9
League finish: Does not compete in a league.
Coach: Kim Hayward, 13th season
Championship history: Seeking first top-two Finals finish.
Top score: 708.52
Team composition: 15 total (two seniors, five juniors, five sophomores, three freshmen).
 Manistique is back at the Finals for the fourth time in five seasons after missing last year. The Emeralds have broken 701 points in three of their last six events, and the high score came in a top finish at the Gaylord Invitational.

Rank: No. 2
League finish: First in Tri-Valley Conference
Coach: Courtney Schiller, ninth season
Championship history: Seeking first top-two Finals finish.
Top score: 745.14 
Team composition: Eight total (three juniors, one sophomore, four freshmen).
 Merrill looks like a strong possibility to make a run at its first MHSAA title with a roster featuring more than 50 percent underclassmen and no seniors. The Vandals have posted the top Round 3 score in Division 4 this season and carriy the highest average team score after cracking 700 points in all of their events. Junior Alanna Peake made the all-state first team last season, junior Alexis Coppins made the second, and junior Paige Glazier earned an honorable mention.

Rank: No. 1
League finish: First in Cascades Conference
Coach: Jessica Trefry, 12th season
Championship history: Three MHSAA titles (most recently 2012).
Top score: 745.62
Team composition: 17 total (one senior, seven juniors, seven sophomores, two freshmen).
 Michigan Center is competing for its third straight championship and fourth in five seasons thanks in part to a strong group of leaders – despite only one senior. That senior, Megan Shown, and junior Paula Stone made the all-state first team last season, while junior Paige Rochefort made the second and junior Sierra Sharrer earned an honorable mention. Michigan Center has broken 743 points three times, inc

Pioneering Competitive Cheer Official Cox to Receive MHSAA Norris Award

By Geoff Kimmerly senior editor

April 18, 2024

A registered contest official since the Michigan High School Athletic Association introduced competitive cheer with the 1993-94 school year, Quincy’s Candace Cox has played one of the leading roles in building the sport that’s averaged more than 5,500 participants annually over its 31-year history.

She will be celebrated April 27 as the 2024 Vern L. Norris Leadership in Officiating Award honoree during the MHSAA’s Officials Awards & Alumni Banquet, where she and several of her competitive cheer colleagues who began as registered officials that inaugural season also will be recognized for completing their 30th years of service in 2022-23.

The Norris Award is presented annually to a veteran official who has been active in a local officials association, has mentored other officials, and has been involved in officials’ education. It is named for Vern L. Norris, who served as executive director of the MHSAA from 1978-86 and was well-respected by officials on the state and national levels. He initiated the officials banquet in 1980, and this year’s will be the first in-person celebration since 2019. Cox will be honored along with high school game officials with 20, 30, 40, 45 and 50 years of service.

Competitive cheer is unique to Michigan. While several states have spirit or cheer as a sport, the MHSAA format – which includes teams showcasing a variety of skills over three rounds and encourages full teams to participate by scoring higher when more athletes are on the floor – was created in part to provide more opportunities for cheerleaders to compete. Cox brought her knowledge and experience in sideline cheer into the initial development of the competitive format.

She officiated a Regional competition during that first season of competitive cheer in 1993-94,  and the following season she began in a string of officiating at the last 30 MHSAA Finals, including in Division 1 this past winter. Cox also is in her 11th year as executive director of the Michigan Cheer Judges Association, the statewide leadership and training organization for the sport, and in that role she has trained thousands of officials – the MCJA instructs about 175 annually.

She will be the first competitive cheer official to be recognized with the Norris Award.

“At the very beginning, we didn't know what (competitive cheer) was going to involve, and there was a lot of work put in, a lot of committees, sharing a lot of information from sideline because Michigan is so unique to cheer,” Cox said. “At the very beginning, I never believed we would advance as much as we have. But I really feel we're a leader in the competitive cheer community.

“My favorite thing is helping educate and be involved, and I do it for the kids. I want them to have a positive experience, and I want them to learn, and I also want to educate other officials so they realize what an important sport this is … another sport for girls to compete in.”

Cox cheered while a student at Coldwater High School and became the sideline cheer coach after she returned from college. It was during that time she was approached by Marilyn Bowker, another of the founding trailblazers in the sport, and from then on Cox became a growing presence as competitive cheer continued to develop and thrive.

She has served on the MHSAA’s Competitive Cheer Committee and Judges Selection Committee, and is an MHSAA registered assigner in the sport. Cox was named MCJA Official of the Year in 1999 and Michigan’s top official in cheer by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in 2000.

“She’s been a pioneer since Day 1 in competitive cheer and is considered literally one of the fundamental pillars who have grown and promoted the sport over the years,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “Candy is a very worthy Norris Award winner.”

Cox is the clinic manager at the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency and provides expertise from her professional field as part of the MHSAA’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. A 1973 Coldwater High School graduate, she earned an associate’s degree in medical administration from Barton Bryman School in Phoenix in 1979 and is certified as an HIV counselor by the State of Michigan, and BLS (basic life support), CPR/AED and first aid instructor by the American Heart Association.

She has served her community of Girard Township in several roles, including currently as township supervisor after previously holding office as trustee and contributing on multiple boards and commissions. She’s also served as Branch County jury board chairperson and was named Branch County Citizen of the Year in 2011 by the Coldwater Area Chamber of Commerce.

Cox is a member of the Coldwater Early Bird Exchange Club and has served as president of the Bronson Polish Festival. She is active in service projects for St. Charles Borromeo Parish and judged CPR for local, district and regional Future Health Professionals (HOSA) competitions.

Previous recipients of the Norris Award

1992 – Ted Wilson, East Detroit
1993 – Fred Briggs, Burton
1994 – Joe Brodie, Flat Rock
1995 – Jim Massar, Flint
1996 – Jim Lamoreaux, St. Ignace
1997 – Ken Myllyla, Escanaba
1998 – Blake Hagman, Kalamazoo
1999 – Richard Kalahar, Jackson
2000 – Barb Beckett, Traverse City; Karl Newingham, Bay City
2001 – Herb Lipschultz, Kalamazoo
2002 – Robert Scholie, Hancock
2003 – Ron Nagy, Hazel Par
2004 – Carl Van Heck, Grand Rapids 
2005 – Bruce Moss, Alma
2006 – Jeanne Skinner, Grand Rapids
2007 – Terry Wakeley, Grayling
2008 – Will Lynch, Honor
2009 – James Danhoff, Richland
2010 – John Juday Sr., Petoskey
2011 – Robert Williams, Redford
2012 – Lyle Berry, Rockford
2013 – Tom Minter, Okemos
2014 – Hugh R. Jewell, West Bloomfield
2015 – Sam Davis, Lansing 
2016 – Linda Hoover, Marshall
2017 – Michael Gentry, Shelby Township
2018 – Jill Baker-Cooley, Big Rapids
2019 – David Buck, St. Joseph
2020 – Hugh Matson, Saginaw
2021 – Lewis Clingman, Grand Rapids
2022 – Pat Hayes, Birmingham
2023 – Chuck D. Walters, Jackson

High school game officials with 20, 30, 40, 45 and 50 years of service also will be honored at the Officials Awards & Alumni Banquet on April 27. Twenty-four officials with 50 or more years of service will be honored, along with 36 officials with 45 years and 51 officials with 40 years of service. A 30-year award will be presented to 110 officials, and 176 officials with 20 years of experience will be honored.

Tickets for the banquet are available to the public and priced at $25. They will not be sold at the door. Tickets can be ordered by calling the MHSAA office at (517) 332-5046 or by registering online at this link (officials must be logged into the website to register). Deadline to register is April 19.


20, 30, 40, 45 & 50-YEAR OFFICIALS

The officials on this list are receiving their 20, 30, 40, 45 and 50-year service awards.


Allegan - Joseph Munn
Allen Park - James Murdoch
Ann Arbor - Shawna Lorch

Bad Axe - Gary Krause
Bannister - Clyde English
Baraga - Scott Koski
Battle Creek - Lonzo Warren
Bay City - Jason Ruple
Bay City - David Szczypka
Belleville - Michael McCormick
Big Rapids - Marty Shaffer
Blissfield - Steven Babbitt
Bloomfield Twp. - Richard Dylewski Jr.
Bloomfield Village - Maynard Timm
Bridgman - Shane Peters
Brimley - George Jones
Bronson - Brian Case
Bronson - Kevin Gardner
Brownstown Twp. - Charles Monette Jr.

Cadillac - Demetrio Rojas-Cruz
Chassell - Robert Fay
Chassell - Shana Ruotsala
Chesterfield - Paul McBride
Clarkston - Jamie Rykse
Clarksville - Michael Burgess
Clinton Township - Mark Carney
Clinton Township - Brad Thomas
Clinton Township - Keith Justice Sr.
Commerce Township - Robert Foss
Constantine - Jerry Burgess
Cottrellville - Grant Harris

Dearborn Heights - Abasi Sanders
Detroit - Delonda Little
Detroit - Kevin Cleveland
Detroit - Cozette Ealy
Detroit - Cedric Green
Detroit - William Pugh
DeWitt - Mark Kellogg
Dewitt - Adam Miller
Dorr - Dan Heasley

East Lansing - Eric McGaugh
Estero - Michael Jager

Fenton - Paula McAllister
Flint - Rozier Looney
Frankenmuth - Matthew Krause
Freeland - Nick Horn
Fremont - Kevin Holmberg

Gaylord - Michael Switalski
Gobles - Randy Hood
Grand Blanc - Josh Dean
Grand Blanc - Anthony Klinck
Grand Blanc - David Clement
Grand Haven - Chris Romero
Grand Ledge - Brian Gorman
Grand Rapids - Marc Davis
Grand Rapids - Timothy Gildner
Grand Rapids - Lloyd Kilgore Sr.
Grand Rapids - Fritz Owen
Grand Rapids - Debra Rambow
Grand Rapids - James Stokes
Grand Rapids - Michael Underwood
Grand Rapids - Randy Wilson
Grandville - Kelli Polinskey
Grosse Ile - Michael Szczechowski
Grosse Pointe Woods - Douglas Bohannon

Harbor Beach - Jill Fuller
Harrison Township - Kimberly Broski
Haslett - Casey Kern
Haslett - Scott Bradley
Hastings - Fred Koning
Highland - Jason Zimmerman
Holland - Jayson Dibble
Holt - Andrew Hoard
Honor - Matt Olson
Horton - Jerry Waddington
Houghton - Gregg Richards
Howell - Anthony Vella
Howell - Nathan Thompson
Hudsonville - Roberto Ortega-Ramos

Ionia - April Holman
Ironwood - Guy Trier

Jackson - Tracy Boyers
Jackson - Troy Fairbanks
Jackson - Daniel Garrison
Jackson - Jim Miller
Jackson - Bernard Nabozny
Jackson - Douglas Richardson
Jenison - Alfred Kennedy

Kalamazoo - Jill Lansky
Kentwood - Andrew Terrien
Kentwood - Rus Tien
Lansing - Oscar Castaneda
Lansing - Steve Crowley
Lansing - Terry Harris
Lansing - Arthur Lilly
Lansing - Keith Rhodabeck
Lansing - Cameron Rodgers
Lathrup Village - Gerald Jones
Livonia - Scott Racer

Macomb - Terry Prince
Macomb - Don Kalpin
Manistique - Joseph Crowder
Manistique - Howard Parmentier
Marlette - Chris Storm
Marquette - John Schultz
Marshall - James Dyer
Marshall - Eric Earl
Marysville - John Schweihofer
Mason - Ammahad Wnaikau
Memphis - Steven Gray
Merrill - Malena Marr
Michigan City - Larry Jordan III
Middleville - Darrin Oliver
Midland - Thomas Coatoam
Midland - Alan Huntress
Midland - Douglas Jones
Milan - Jill Hargrove
Milan - Michael St. John
Milford - Jeffrey Garvin
Milford - Larry Walters
Mount Pleasant - Jeff Siler
Muskegon - Robert Koekkoek

Niles - Glenn Kimmerly
Niles - Cory Gowen
Northville - Doug Doyle

Ortonville - Laurel Kobe

Perrysburg, Ohio - Gregg Becker
Pickford - Marc Andrzejak
Pontiac - Wanda Clayton
Port Austin - Andrew Preston
Portage - Phillip Baker
Portage - Jeff Kirkman
Portage - Mike Lauraine
Portage - Michael Northuis

Reed City - Aaron Keup
Riverview - Gregory Drewno
Rochester - Avoki Omekanda
Rochester Hills - Michael Timko
Rochester Hills - Terry Zangkas
Royal Oak - Linda Mariani

Saginaw - Richard Moody
Saginaw - Charles Smith
Schoolcraft - Nathan DeMaso
Schoolcraft - Reid Jones
South Haven - Ken Dietz
South Lyon - Elisabeth Tyzo-DePaulis
St. Clair Shores - Chad Kelly
Sterling Heights - Robert Hornik
Sterling Heights - Patrick Radaj
Sterling Heights - Erik Schneider
Sterling Heights - Ernest Sciullo
Sterling Heights - Terry Sheen
Stevensville - Thomas Rivette
Stevensville - Douglas Wegscheid
Swartz Creek - Andrew Palovich

Tecumseh - Eryn Stamper
Temperance - Mike Faunce
Temperance - Larry Nocella Jr.
Traverse City - Jeffrey Brunner
Traverse City - Jason Meriwether
Traverse City - Thomas Spencer
Trenton - Brian Hill
Trenton - Kevin McMillion
Troy - Glenn Craze
Troy - Patrick Grady
Twin Lake - Mike Vanderstelt

Utica - Edward Kotulski

Wallace - Terry Unti
Walled Lake - Terry Prickett
Warren - Arthur Lynn
Wayland - Joseph Kramer
West Bloomfield - Ilya Beltser
West Branch - Howard Hanft
White Lake - Gregory Waun
Williamston - Kelli Hart
Wixom - Cuba Gregory III

30-Year Officials

Allen - Kent Sanborn
Allen Park - Mark Klein
Alpena - Robert Centala Jr.
Alto - Bene Benedict

Bad Axe - Brent Wehner
Baroda - Chris Falak
Battle Creek - John Crumb
Bay City - Stephen Linton
Bay City - Scott Packard
Bay City - Joseph Pietryga
Bessemer - James Trcka
Brooklyn - Gregg Wonderly

Caledonia - Stacy Smith
Center Line - Scott Manteuffel
Charlotte - Val Nelson
Chelsea - Eric VanHevel
Chesterfield - Anthony Mancina
Clinton Township - Barbara Laird
Clinton Township - Scott Walendowski
Comstock Park - Kathy Felty

Davison - James Edgar
Dearborn - Gloria Joseph
Dearborn Heights - Rick Ballnik
Detroit - Joyce Smith
Dowagiac - Scott Stewart

East Lansing - Brent Sorg
Eaton Rapids - Wesley Collins
Essexville - Mark Gentle

Farmington Hills - Robert Dobson Jr.
Fenton - Paul White
Flat Rock - Janis Stahr
Flint - Richard Higgins
Flint - John Yelle
Flushing - Jeffrey Straley
Freeland - Terry Schmidt

Grand Blanc - Thomas Le Blanc
Grand Blanc - Leonard Sparks Sr.
Grand Rapids - Jacquie DeJonge
Grand Rapids - Jeff Green
Greenville - Darcia Kelley
Grosse Pointe - Ryan Murphy
Grosse Pointe Park - George Markley
Grosse Pointe Woods - Renee Dicristofaro

Hazel Park - Benny Holzman
Hickory Corners - Dean Bostwick
Holt - John Massey

Imlay City - John Forti

Jacksonville Beach, Fla. - Bernadette Koenig

Kalamazoo - Julie Jones
Kalamazoo - Mark Kampen
Kingsley - David Lemmien

Lansing - Dee Hammond
Lansing - Robert Mccullem
Livonia - Steve Timm

Manchester - James Connors
Marinette - Neil Motto
Mason - Daniel Carmichael
Mason - Kathy Showers
Mattawan - John Visser
McMillan - Anthony Immel
Midland - Katherine Duso
Monroe - Carolyn Peters
Montague - Stanley Bush
Muskegon - Jacklyn Burr
Muskegon - Chris Calkins
Muskegon - Dennis Danicek
Muskegon - Randall Peters

North Muskegon - Tony Kartes

Ontonagon - Andrew Borseth
Ottawa Lake - Douglas Sanders

Paw Paw - Karla Koviak
Perry - Thomas Montpas
Petoskey - Mark Holland
Pierson - Joseph Williams
Pleasant Lake - Marty Shean
Plymouth - Richard Schmidt
Plymouth - Michael Rossman

Quincy - Candace Cox

Rapid River - Mike Pilon
Rochester - Janette Luttenberger
Rochester Hills - Katherine DiMeglio
Romeo - Mary Milke
Rossford, Ohio - Steven Agler

Saginaw - Thomas Nichols
Saline - Todd Schultz
Shelby - Todd Fox
Shelby Township - Sheila Brownlee
Shelby Township - Kristi Dean
South Lyon - Michael Kiselis
Sparta - Ryan Huber
St. Clair Shores - Gary Kowalewski
St. Joseph - Terry Myers
St. Joseph - Dave Waaso
Standish - Kimberly Belchak
Stanton - Jason Petersen
Sterling Heights - George Braund
Sterling Heights - John Moceri

Traverse City - Allen Hebden

Utica - Sean Barel

Waldron - Michael Granger
Walled Lake - Donald Magee
Warren - Joseph DiBucci
Washington - Gloria Berger
Wayne - Robert Allen II
West Bloomfield - Cynthia Tyzo
Williamston - David Sweeney
Wolverine - David Ashenfelter
Wyandotte - David Shalda
Wyoming - Stephen Hendrickson

Yale - Perry Sutherland

40-Year Officials

Adrian - Doris Goodlock
Allen Park - James Sombati

Battle Creek - Corby O'Leary
Bay City - Tony Biskup
Buchanan - Ronald Bartz

Cedar Springs - Dan Rypma
Charlevoix - Daniel Ulrich
Clark Lake - Ralph Piepkow Jr.
Clinton Township - Patrick Crandall
Crystal Falls - Lyle Smithson Jr.

Detroit - John Leidlein Jr.
Detroit - Richard Shalhoub

Eastpointe - Wayne Rockensuess

Fort Gratiot - Jeff Klausing

Garden City - Eric Hebestreit
Grosse Ile - Steven Vecchioni

Hancock - Brian Rimpela
Holland - Brent Hoitenga
Hudsonville - Gerald Kuiper

Jackson - Thomas Morrissey
Jackson - Joseph Page
Jonesville - Kirk Snyder

Kentwood - William Meade

Lake Orion - James Weidman
Lansing - Daniel Kitchel
Lapeer - Gary Oyster
Lapeer - Scott Strickler

Macomb Township - William Gerbe
Mayville - Gary Libka
Midland - Bradley Crampton

Newaygo - Clinton Abbott

Ray - David Hines
Reed City - David Erler
Republic - Paul Price
Rockford - Carl Knoop
Rogers City - Karl Grambau
Roseville - Mario Soresi

Saginaw - Michael Mayers
Saginaw - Richard Welzein
Saginaw - Dennis Wildey
Sand Creek - Jack Sager
Sault Ste Marie - Dale Cryderman
St. Clair Shores - Gerald Garcia
St. Joseph - Bruce Molineaux
Swartz Creek - James Loria

Temperance - Michael Bitz
Traverse City - Barbara Beckett

Walled Lake - Nicholas Lesnau
Waters - Rick Sehl
Wolverine - Aimee Davis

Ypsilanti - Jerry Kelley

45-Year Officials

Alpena - Scott MacKenzie

Berkley - Charles Tyrrell
Boyne City - Peter Moss
Bronson - Randy Houtz
Brown City - Curt Lowe
Buchanan - Larry Monsma
Burton - Thomas Rau Sr.

Cheboygan - Peter Stempky
Conklin - Gary Meerman

East Lansing - Bruce Heeder

Flint - Joseph Johnson Sr.
Flushing - David Cowden
Fowler - Dean Schrauben
Frankfort - Peter Olson

Grand Rapids - Todd VandenAkker

Haslett - Heidi Doherty
Holland - Craig Kuipers
Houghton - Roy Britz

Iron Mountain - Robert Barkle

Jenison - James Kerbel

Lake Isabella - James Novar
Linden - John Cross

Madison Heights - Joseph Marcinkowski
Muskegon Heights - Johnny Robinson

Oxford - Donald Maskill Jr.

Plymouth - Charles Hempel
Portage - Richard Bird
Portage - Robert Burch
Posen - Donna Couture
Prescott - Charles Wren

Roseville - Robert Iwasko Sr.

Shelby Township - Michael Gentry
South Bend, Ind. - Dale Matteson
South Lyon - Dan Riggs

Taylor - Clayton Conner

Warren - Vern Rottmann

50-Year Officials

Adrian - Gary Laskowsky
Ann Arbor - Michael Parsons

Canton - David Mattingly
Caseville - Daniel Korbutt

DeWitt - Raymond Barnes

Fenton - Hewitt Judson
Fruitport - David Fisher

Kalamazoo - David Turley

Livonia - Steven Boyak
Livonia - John Dunn
Ludington - Roger Chappel

Marlette - Jerry Sauder Sr.
Marquette - Gene Aho

Ontonagon - John Gravier

Palmetto, Fla. - Donald Bourdon

Rodney - Jeffrey Greene
Rogers City - Michael Grulke

Saginaw - Richard Havercroft
South Haven - Robert Linderman
South Lyon - Richard Gibson
Stevensville - Bruce Arter

Traverse City - Tom Post

West Bloomfield - Anthony Magni
Whitehall - Chuck Hulce

PHOTO: Candy Cox prepares to judge during the 2018 MHSAA Competitive Cheer Finals. (Photo courtesy of the Michigan Cheer Judges Association.)