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College Lake County’s current cheerleading squad which will cheer for school’s softball baseball teams.

College of Lake County’s current cheerleading squad which will cheer for the school’s softball and baseball teams.

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Updated: March 24, 2013 7:53PM

Don’t know if this is what they had in mind when they invented the phrase “carryover effect.”

But we’re going to blame the following on it anyway, so here goes.

You know how some people go into a gym to shoot baskets?

Well, for at least one of us, the more accurate phrase is “shoot in the general vicinity of the basket.”

Having launched a series of semi-heaves from behind the three-point arc, it was clear that it was time to call it a day after throwing up more than a half-dozen “air balls.”

And then, hours later, while trying to keep you newspaper and internet readers informed and entertained, the same guy put up yet another air ball.

Only this time, it was an “error ball.”

Air ball. Error ball.

Blame it on “carryover effect.” At least it sounds good.

The story that appeared suggested that the new cheerleading squad at the College of Lake County was the first cheerleading squad the school’s ever had.

Scott Sans, who was a student-athlete at CLC back in the day when the school was just getting started, remembered vividly a cheer squad at CLC that supported the basketball and wrestling teams at the school.

He still lives in Grayslake, and did some serious research to confirm that what he remembered really happened.

And sure enough, it did.

Sans said that Julie Sroha, who works at CLC, was very helpful in his confirming the cheer squad back in 1970.

In a letter, Sans wrote that we (CLC alums) “applaud the newest cheerleaders and their efforts to make CLC sports and cheerleading a great experience.”

He also supplied pictures of the CLC cheerers from 1970 and also a photo of CLC’s baseball team from 40-plus years ago.

As for the current cheer squad, they’re going full speed ahead as CLC holds “Spirit Night” in the fieldhouse on Tuesday evening.

This is the last home for CLC’s men’s and women’s teams, with the fun starting at 5:15 p.m. (women’s game).

The current cheer squad — 15 strong — began rooting for the Lancer teams since Jan. 17.

According to CLC, Teresa Aguinaldo, interim executive director of Student Life, said she is excited about the revival of cheerleading at CLC after a long hiatus (the college had a poms squad several years ago and an athletic department-sponsored cheerleading squad in the 1970s,`’80s and ’90s). “I commend the students and their advisor, Henna Kittridge, for their passion and school spirit,” Aguinaldo said. “This is a great thing!”

Kittridge, an adjunct English instructor, was approached by one of her students, Lisa McCarthy, last semester about advising the new club, and it took off from there.

“Not only am I still doing what I love to do, but I have also gained a great amount of friends,” McCarthy said. “It’s great seeing that even though we are all from different high schools we are able to work together and come up with some great performances.

“Plus, I’ve never seen any team closer than we all are,” she said.

McCarthy said the cheerleaders have been asked to cheer at Lancer baseball and softball games and appear at college events.

CLC athletic director Darryl Pope, is a fan of the Lancer cheerleaders.

“Their energy and enthusiasm have already made a difference to the student athletes participating as well as those to who attend the games,” he said. “The players and the crowd feel, hear and see the difference when the cheerleaders are involved.”

Tuesday’s men’s game at CLC will start at around 7:15 p.m.

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