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Clinic is Saturday for Bulldog pom/dance wannabes

Updated: December 18, 2012 2:06AM

Jill Franz is determined to get Waukegan High School on the state’s athletic radar screen in a sport other than boys basketball and boys soccer.

Toward that end, Franz — the Bulldogs’ poms/dance coach — is trying to get poms/dance and cheer wannabes at Waukegan High School and Waukegan’s five middle schools ready for upcoming school-team tryouts.

To achieve that goal, Franz is holding a poms/dance and cheer clinic on Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon in the big gym at Waukegan High School on Brookside. The cost is $10.

This clinic is for all girls and boys currently in school grades 6-8 (middle school) or currently attending Waukegan High.

And lest you think boys aren’t important in this sport, know that a school in Lake County expects to have a half-dozen boys on its cheer squad this year — including several now playing football. The school happens to be a powerhouse in the sport of cheering, which is what Waukegan wants to become.

At the clinic, Franz and Waukegan cheer coach Stacy McGee will cover the basic cheer motions, jumps, and stunting along with proper dance technique and skills.

The coaches also will be covering tips and advice on how to have a successful tryout and cover what the judges are looking for.

To register, contact Franz at

Cheerleading and poms/dance are now both IHSA-sanctioned sports an have a state tournament to crown champions.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing, gym shoes, and have hair pulled back. Also, attendees need to bring a water bottle, as this is a high-intensity clinic with a lot of instruction.

Last winter, Waukegan’s cheer squad, featuring boys and girls, just missed qualifying for state by the slimmest of margins.

The goal this year is not just to knock on the door to the state meet, but to knock it down.

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