Two local cheerleading programs win state titles
Staff Report February 8, 2014 3:06PM
Updated: February 11, 2014 2:07AM
The Lincoln-Way East and Lemont high school cheerleading programs are state champions.
The Lincoln-Way East squad won the 2014 IHSA Large Division Cheerleading State Championship, while the Lemont squad won the medium division on Saturday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ill., according to press releases.
The victory for Lincoln-Way East marked the school’s first state championship for cheerleading, while Lemont has won trophies in each of its nine state finals appearances and has won four state titles in six seasons, the release said.
“We have an unbelievable group of athletes but more than that, they are unbelievable people and incredible students with great big hearts,” Lincoln-Way East coach Jayson Polad said in a release.
The team’s final score on was 97.06 for the championship, second place went to Neuqua Valley High School with a 95.00 and third place went to Providence High School with a 93.94, according to the release. Polad said the team’s score marked the highest ever score for the IHSA championship.
Members of the Lincoln-Way East team are: Elise Gevaudan, Nicole Humenik, Taylor Johnson, Ashley Bax, Abby Jo Carlson, Lexie Egan, Alyssa Krause, Alysen Suarez, Gabby Adamo, Carlie Cash, Mia Corazzi, Amanda Graham, Emily Heerde, Jazmynn Hodges, Nadine Vaicaitis, Mackenzie Widule, Samantha Brauer, Amanda Cosco, Hannah Eble, Maddy Enright, Jessica Halyko, Julia Kaffel, Katie McWatters, Shannon Pollack, Francesca Prospero, Greer Simpson, and Jessica Welker, the release said.
Meanwhile, Lemont’s championship marked its first for Lemont under coach Dave Erlenbaugh, who is in his second year heading the program. In the championship round, Lemont posted a score of 90.84, which marked its best score of the postseason.
The Indians won consecutive state titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011 under former coach Brittany Glowa.
Erlenbaugh’s squad includes seniors Madison Detres, Emily Durham, Gianna Letizia, Miranda Neumann, Rebecca Peraino, Kelsey Tate, Gianna Turek and Danielle Wohead; juniors Alyssa Bakovich, Easton Kral, Reann Kwasneski, Elly Lambert, Nicole Markley, Stephanie Markley, Kayly Norris, Samantha Palumbo, Jenna Polk and Samantha Walus; sophomores Erin Cliff and Katelyn Papierski; and freshman Caitlyn Henry. Detres, Durham, Tate, Turek and Wohead all were part of the school’s last state championship squad as freshmen in 2011.