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In high school cheerleading, 90 is the magic number

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JessicGromalwith Warren High School large varsity squad during cheer competitiSunday WaucondHigh School.
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Wauconda-12/16/12, Sun./Wauconda High School Jessica Gromala, with Warren High School large varsity squad during cheer competition Sunday at Wauconda High School. | Joe Shuman~For Sun-Times Media

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1) Lake Zurich 89.98

2) Warren 85.10

3) Lake Forest 84.35

4) Carmel 83.90

5) McHenry 82.50

6) Wheaton North 82.43

7) Dundee-Crown 79.20

8) Elgin 58.53


1) Antioch 88.40

2) Grayslake Cent. 81.80

3) Marmion/Rosary 69.85


JV Large Schools — Barrington (7 teams competed)

JV Medium-Size Schools — Grayslake North (4 teams competed)

JV Small Schools — Lake Zurich (4 teams competed)

Freshman Teams — Grayslake North (5 teams competed)


90-over — Excellent

87-90 — Very good

84-87 — good

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Updated: February 18, 2013 1:17AM

Antioch and Lake Zurich were winners at last Sunday’s Wauconda Invitational cheer competition.

The Sequoits were particularly sharp in their first meet of the season.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights of the event:

■ The host Wauconda team, which fields a strong squad in the medium-school division, did not compete. Its next competition will be Jan. 5 at Lake Zurich.

■ Lake Zurich took the floor in new uniforms and black shoes instead of the traditional white. The Bears perform a high-level routine that included a spectacular tumbling run from two girls directly into their positions on the second level of a pyramid (with assistance from the girls on the ground).

■ The rest of the large-school division was very competitive with five teams separated by just 1.2 points in the raw score. Area teams Warren, Lake Forest, and Carmel put together very solid early-season routines and ended up second, third, and fourth, respectively. Carmel had a drop on a lift that cost them a trophy, while Warren was the deserving leader of the group behind Lake Zurich with strong lifts and no major errors.

■ The Lake Forest program has taken some big strides. Aided by strong fundamentals, this year’s squad actually looks like it belongs in competitions with other good teams in the area. A cleaner routine this time around saw them boost their score by 3.65 points from their performance at Stevenson a week earlier.

■ In the division for medium-size schools, a young Antioch squad posted an 88.4 with a routine free of major errors. Some squads possess that eagerness to not just perform, but to compete, and these girls definitely show signs of it.

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