In high school cheerleading, 90 is the magic number
By Bryan Bonato Special to The News-Sun December 19, 2012 6:08PM
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
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
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.