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Middle-school cheer squad completes successful season

The Wildcats proudly display championship trophy they earned competition. | SPECIAL TO SUN-TIMES MEDIA

The Wildcats proudly display the championship trophy they earned at a competition. | SPECIAL TO SUN-TIMES MEDIA

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Updated: April 16, 2013 1:51AM

In some sports, there is a definite correlation between success at the grade-school level and later success in high-school competitions.

In other sports, however, there doesn’t seem to be any relationship at all.

It will be interesting to see down the road how it plays out in the sport of cheerleading.

Recently, the cheer squad at Round Lake Middle School completed a successful season by placing second in the Illinois Elementary School Association-sanctioned state tourney.

The strong finish capped a great year that started with practice and camp in the summer. Along the way, the Wildcats won a competition at Stevenson High School, and won another event at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates.

And the squad’s hard work wasn’t limited to their sport. The team also worked at providing a charitable service to the community. The girls made fleece blankets which they donated to the Staben Center and Staben House in Waukegan. The facilities provide transitional housing and assistance to achieve self-sufficiency for homeless men and women.

“We are very excited about the successful year we have had, and as the season has come to an end, we look back and are proud to say we have achieved all of our team goals for the year,” said Round Lake coach Melissa Lenhoff.

As for the future, which for most of the girls likely will be Round Lake High School, RLHS has a cheer squad, but the team only cheers at sporting events and does not even enter the types of competitions that Round Lake Middle School dominated this year.

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