Hudson Posts Top Scores in Every Round of Dominating 3-Peat Win

By Dean Holzwarth
Special for

March 4, 2022

GRAND RAPIDS – As freshmen, Hudson’s Maize Sholl and Logan Parks felt the heartbreak and disappointment of missing out on a competitive cheer state championship by the slimmest of margins.

It was a feeling the pair would never have to experience again.

Hudson delivered a dominating performance Friday to win the Division 4 Final at the Delta Plex.

It was the Tigers’ third consecutive Finals title and fourth in the last five years.

Hudson finished with a three-round total of 759.80 and set a new Finals record for widest margin of victory. 

Adrian Madison placed runner-up at 709.12. It was the Trojans’ first top-two finish.

“It’s just unbelievable to me and it’s like a dream come true,” Parks said. “I think freshman year when we lost by .36 (points), it just brought a fire to us and we just kept pushing. Everyone on this team has such a passion for cheer.”

Hudson finished runner-up to Pewamo-Westphalia in 2019, but hasn’t been defeated at the Finals since.

“Obviously we had a lot of doubts our freshmen year, and it really motivated us,” Sholl said. “It put a fire on our rear end. Coming out and winning all three rounds and breaking the record for most points won by was incredible.”

Adrian Madison competitive cheerThe Tigers were heavy favorites entering the day and proved quickly that they weren’t going to relinquish that role.

Hudson recorded a high score of 227.90 in Round 1 to grab a commanding lead. The advantage ballooned to more than 30 following an impressive Round 2.

“They were on fire all day,” Tigers coach Kelly Bailey said. “I still can’t ever get rid of their nerves, but I’m so proud of them.

“We talk a lot about preparing ourselves for this moment, and this feels absolutely amazing. We’ve won them all for these kinds of kids.”

Hudson’s roster included only three seniors, and several underclassmen who shined in all three rounds.

“We had a lot of kids who stepped up this year, and they really brought the fire and made us better,” Sholl said. “We put in a lot of hard work, and everyone was dedicated.”

Despite the large lead entering Round 3, the Tigers capped the day with another high score, 311.

“After we were told that we were up by a lot, it was just about going out there and having fun because it was our last time on the mat,” Sholl said. “This is the best thing ever, and there’s nothing better than ending your high school career with a three-peat.”

Madison’s previous best finish at the Finals was fourth the past two years, but the Trojans held off third-place Lawton with the second-highest score in Round 3.

“Coming into today, my biggest expectation was for them to peak and to do their best of the season,” Madison coach Sarah Kope said. “They did that, and they were phenomenal. The past two seasons have been crazy with quarantines constantly and having girls in and out, and they’ve just been extremely resilient. I’m very proud of them.”

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PHOTOS Hudson (top) and Adrian Madison (middle) compete during Friday’s Division 4 Final at Grand Rapids’ Delta Plex. (Click for more from Hockey Weekly Action Photos.)