This past weekend, Centennial’s varsity cheer team competed in the IHSA state competition for the 4th year in a row. The competition was held at the U.S Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.
At sectionals, Centennial placed 3rd, which qualified them for state. This year, they ended up getting 20th out of the 25 teams there. This team put in about 12 hours a week for practices and they had to learn one competitive routine that they performed throughout the season. After talking to senior Tyranny Davis, she explained that the biggest strength of the team going into state was their ability to do elite skills easily, but their weakness was being able to make it look easy.
The Centinal interviewed Davis as well as sophomore, Claire Mallare, and asked them what their favorite part of being apart of this team and cheer in general has been. Davis answered that her “favorite part of cheer has been bonding with teammates and the feeling of competing”. Mallare agreed and added that the bus rides from games were also really fun, despite everyone being tired.
Out of the 23 girls on the team, 11 are seniors. However, Mallare and many others remain hopeful that next year’s team will be just as driver as they have been in years past.
Written with Kelly Braghini