Antioch Goes For The Gold

The Sequoits move on to day two of the IHSA cheerleading state finals.


Brandon Reynolds

Starting their choreographed dance, senior Paul Valdivia-Valencia gives it his all at the IHSA varsity cheerleading state championship.

Brandon Reynolds

A state title is one performance away. After a third place finish in the previous two Illinois High School Association state competitive cheerleading competitions, the varsity cheerleading team is hungry for gold.

This morning, the Sequoits performed in Bloomington, Illinois, in day one of the IHSA cheerleading state finals. Antioch has another opportunity to take the podium. This is an event that the team has worked towards the whole year. While the medium division is very competitive, the Sequoits have had a very successful year and are hoping to capitalize on that momentum. At 10:25 a.m. the Sequoits took the floor determined to make this year, their year.

“As a whole I feel like today’s performance was one of the best from this season,” senior Avery Frasch said. “There are definitely a couple of little things we can improve on for tomorrow, but overall I’m super proud of what we did today.”

Falling short from their end goal last year, they made sure there would be a different mindset going into state this year. Instead of just focusing on winning, they are taking it day by day working on execution and consistency. The Sequoits know if they do what they need to do, everything will fall into place the way it should.

“Last year we didn’t trust the process enough and the drive wasn’t as consistent as it is this year,” Frasch said. “We’re a lot more prepared mentally and physically than we were last year.”

The Sequoits are heading into day two with confidence; hitting zero and receiving a score of 91.96, currently putting the team in first place. Continuing to trust each other and focusing on doing their best is what’s going to lead them to their end goal: winning state 2020.

Three other NLCC schools competed in the medium division: Grayslake North, Wauconda and the 2019 state champion Grayslake Central. Only Grayslake North advanced to day two of the three teams.