Competition Cheer is Back in Action


Lily Bakulski, Sports Editor

The coed competitive cheer season is now underway at Belvidere North High School and the boys and girls are ready to take home yet another state trophy. Seven-time conference champs, four-time sectional champs, and back to back state champs is something that was accomplished by the coed varsity cheer team in the 2017/2018 season. They hope to take home these titles again and stay in the number one spot for Illinois cheer.

The cheer teams at North will first undergo choreography which is learned in three days. The teams will then practice their routines and stunts, for about a month, until their first competition which is being held on December 2 at Crystal Lake Central.

“I’m really excited for choreography this weekend. I can’t wait to see what our routine will be like and how the team is going to work together this year,” Sophie Dutz (‘20).

At Belvidere North, there are three teams; varsity, large JV and small JV. All three teams are coed and the varsity team consists of five boys: Joel Cordonnier (‘20), Brody Henry (‘20)  Deoveon Willingham (‘19), Pedro Sanches (‘20), and Gio Piloni (‘20) who is currently pending due to an injury.

Belvidere North’s famous Coed Challenge will be held on December 14. This is when cheer teams from around the region travel to North to compete against each other for the Coed Challenge Champion title.

“Have a party on the mat and take care of the person next to you,” said Gio Piloni (‘20).

This is a little thing the varsity says before they perform because it reminds them to just have fun and enjoy what they are doing.

All levels will be competing at Buffalo Grove High School on Sunday, January 6 and at Grayslake North on Saturday, January 12. JV will also be competing at Rolling Meadows, Lake Zurich and Huntley High School this season.

Varsity will head to Oak Forest for a competition on Sunday, January 13. They then will start getting ready for their conference competition on Thursday, January 17, which will be hosted by Jefferson High School. Varsity sectionals will then be held a week later on Saturday, January 26. The times for both conference and sectionals will be announced when the dates start to get closer. Come on out this winter and support your back to back state champions!!