Day one of the two-day competition didn’t go quite as well as the Platinum Stars had hoped. Par for the course, according to Almquist. But the two All That Cheer teams still qualified for the finals on day two, which was a different story.
“After day one, they kind of made a pact with themselves,” Almquist said. “They wanted to leave with no regrets. They wanted to come off the mats and no matter where they placed, they wanted to have no regrets. And they had their best routine of the season on day two. From a coach’s standpoint, that is the best thing in the world.”
With over 150 athletes, the All That Cheer All-Star program also sent their Mini, Youth, Junior 2 and Senior 1 teams to Providence, R.I., on May 4 to compete in the regional finals. Tryouts for next season begin next week.
“I’m really proud of all of the kids on both teams,” said Almquist. “And to think, for a small, growing program that had only existed for the past six years, it really speaks to the talent that is developing out of this small area of Massachusetts. It’s really impressive what this program has done over such a short period of time.”