Sandburg takes 4th; Providence wins top trophy
By Jeff Vorva
Some of the best cheerleaders in the area were not cheering on their
basketball teams on Friday or Saturday.
Instead, they were the athletes being cheered on.
Three of the top four teams in the large school division in the Illinois High
School Association Competitive Cheerleading state finals at U.S. Cellular
Coliseum in Bloomington had area ties.
Providence Catholic, which features a host of athletes from Orland Park, won
the event for the first time with a 93.72, edging out Marist, which finished
with a 93.02.
Sandburg, the defending large school champion, finished fourth with a 92.54
in a tightly-packed field.
Stagg, which made its first trip to the state meet for the first time since
2007, didn't make it to the championship round on Saturday but had its best
showing in school history with a 14thplace finish.
Providence figured to have a deduction from its score due to a tumbling
violation. But they jumped for joy and surprise when they were announced as the
"They were surprised, but I prepared them for anything," Celtics coach Laura
Duesing said. "I prepared them for either way. We didn't do all that well in
preliminaries on Friday but we weren't nervous on Saturday. We knew we had to
just go out and do what we had to do and I'm just so happy they were able to do
Members of the Celtics squad include Bailey Sineni, Lauren Murphy, Roslyn
Parayo, Taylor Vennetti, Allysa Meurer, Courtney McEnery, Alyssa Gialamas,
Meghan Marth, Morgan Duesing, Brianna Chibe, Gabriella Senese and Skyler Evans.
Also on the roster are Brittany Charnot, Brittany Charnot, Tori Vennetti,
Allison Bebar, Maryssa Presbitero, Dana Joseph, Carson Sineni, Sera Cummings,
Nicole Glynn, Bridget Fudala, Shannon Gilboy, Jonelle Karpen and Alexis Klotz.
Marist has qualified for the state meet in all eight years of the meet's
existence and finally brought home its first trophy after finishing in third
place last year.
The Redhawks were No. 1 after the preliminary round but were edged out in the
finals by the Celtics and still came up with its best finish in school history.
Members of the Redhawks roster include Brenna O'Connor, Paige Ziemba, Kaila
Case, Rachel Morris, Kara Case, Megan Doah, Michaela Ryan, Emma Flosi, Anne
Marie Zielinski, Kristen Gaynor, Rachel Davidson, Katie McGrath and Ashley
Also on the roster are Valerie Minnick, Emily Erickson, Alaina Bergamini,
Caitlyn Cummings, Marykate Davidson, Laura Murphy, Lexi Lewkowicz, Beth Finn and
Sandburg, which won a national competition in Dallas in January, has been to
the state meet all eight years and enjoyed a top-10 finish all eight seasons.
Members of the Eagles roster include Courtney Conway, Taylor Crump, Natalie
Noonan, Samantha Milwit, Sammie Frank, Nicole Chiappetti, Carley Popowski, Ellie
Machala, Mary Carol Barkowski, Emily Barkowski, Haley Tarr, Megan Matre, Grace
Call and Epiphany Cano.
Other members are Meghan Cescato, Peyten Cronin, Gabby Papierski, Hollie
Mulcahy, Natalie Alfono, Meaghan Ryan, Ashley Offerman, Kathleen Schofield,
Katie Cardinal, Lauren Hetzler and Isabella Berardelli.
Stagg coach Bridget Guzior, a former cheerleader at Sandburg, said she hopes
the appearance in the preliminaries will lead to more success down the line.
Members of the Chargers team include Attia Huizinga, Kimberly Williams
Brittany Fane, Danielle Klimas, McKenzie Busch, Kayla Haas, Madison Busch, Gabia
Zemetis and Melina Sapokaite.
Other members are Heather Watson, Morgan Minik, Delaney Harty, Tiara
Patterson, Marissa Campbell, Vanessa Minik, Maggie Hynes, Paige Pierson,
Brittany Klimas, Alexa Kruszynski and Tyler Powell.