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‘Ice Breaker:’ Nora Chickering of Hart competitive cheer tumbles gracefully

Pirates sophomore is in the spotlight with CatchMark’s Tate Stine in fun interview.

WHITEHALL — As a tumbler for Hart’s competitive cheer team, Nora Chickering is accustomed to putting herself out there.

The spotlight was even more intense on Chickering earlier this week, as the sophomore was interviewed for Episode 4 of the CatchMark SportsNet “Ice Breaker.”

Host Tate Stine posed a series of questions to Chickering, including about her team, favorite memories and what she likes to do in her free time.

Chickering, who made the trip south to CatchMark’s studio in Whitehall and was accompanied by coach Jen Hlady, gave plenty of good answers during her interview. One question and answer in particular that was entertaining involved the time she received a penalty for making a wrong step and accidentally tumbling into one of her teammates.

Hart’s competitive team is enjoying another strong season and Chickering has played a key role. Hlady said that Chickering is in all three rounds and she’s a standout athlete on the mat, performing all of the Pirates’ tumble passes in Round 3.

Hart performed extremely well in a pair of events last week.

The Pirates took first place in the first competitive cheer meet of the expanded West Michigan Conference last Wednesday, as they totaled 661.88 points. On Saturday, Hart set a program record with 730.02 points in dominating at the Ludington invite.

Chickering has high hopes for the season, setting her sights on winning districts, regionals and “hopefully” the state championship.

Watch the “Ice Breaker” interview between Chickering and Stine at the top of the story.

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