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Stevenson, Wauconda, Lakes, Grant cheerleaders deliver on big stage

StevensHigh School. | Michelle LaVigne ~ Sun-Times Media

Stevenson High School. | Michelle LaVigne ~ Sun-Times Media

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Large Schools

1. Conant 91.13

2. Stevenson 90.40

3. Fremd 84.67

4. Prairie Ridge 84.53

5. Cary-Grove 83.17

6. Grayslake N. 82.60

7. McHenry 80.90

8. Lake Forest 80.70

9. Glenbrook N. 79.67

10. Glenbrook S. 79.60

11. Loyola 78.77

12. Zion-Benton 74.53

(Notes: Last year, Conant finished 5th at the IHSA competition and Stevenson 10th; Grayslake North finished 9th at the IHSA competition in the medium school division but has moved up to the big schools this year.

Medium-Size Schools

1. Wauconda 82.93

2. Lakes 81.50

3. Vernon Hills 78.93

4. Fenwick 66.20

5. Guerin Prep 66.20

6. Kelly 63.53

(Notes: Last year, Wauconda finished 6th at the IHSA competition and Vernon Hills 4th.)

Coed Teams

1. Grant 89.00

2. Lake Park 82.40

3. South Elgin 80.47

4. Wheeling 79.57

5. Elk Grove 77.00

6. Maine West 76.77

7. Waukegan 71.17

(Notes: Last year, Grant finished 5th at the IHSA competition and Lake Park finished 7th.)

Others Winners

Large JV (14 schools) — Mundelein

Small JV (2 schools) — Lakes

Freshman (4 schools) — Stevenson

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Updated: February 11, 2013 1:59AM

The high school cheer season in Lake County traditionally begins each year with the Stevenson Invitational.

This year was no different, with many area schools competing in one of three divisions — big schools, medium-size schools and coed teams (at least two boys on the squad).

Here are some highlights from the meet:

Grant, Stevenson, and Conant had the standout performances in what otherwise looked like what it was: an early-season competition.

In the large school division, winner Conant and second-place Stevenson both posted scores in the 90s (excellent) and were five points clear of third-place Fremd.

Grant was six points clear of second-place Lake Park in the coed division.

■ Area schools swept the awards in the smaller school division, with first-place Wauconda and third-place Vernon Hills showing flashes of upside suggesting their scores could see solid improvement over the course of the season.

Lakes got off to one of its most impressive starts ever with a second- place finish.

■ Grant posted an 89.0 with no deductions and won the event’s coed division for the second year in a row.

The 2011-12 squad demonstrated the incredible ability to nail its routine on demand until stumbling on the final day of the IHSA state competition and finishing fifth.

This year’s squad will get to show it possesses the same “on demand” ability on Friday when they compete in the Blue Thunder Coed Challenge at Belvidere North, the only other cheer event Grant entered last year that it failed to win.

The 20-member Bulldogs squad features SEVEN boys. Five of them were performing in their first cheerleading competition on Sunday.

■ Stevenson looked very sharp in posting a deduction-free 90.4.

The Patriots, who won the large school division at Sandburg last week, demonstrated a high level of technical precision with some of the best lifts of the day.

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