Comp cheer caps off historic season with 2nd place finish at state


Photo Provided by Alivia Rodgers

The cheer team poses with their State Trophy after taking 2nd

Kayleigh Phillips, Reporter

      Belvidere North’s varsity coed team has had a season that will go down in the record books. Throughout the whole season they never placed lower than fourth at a competition and they went out with a bang at State.

      “From the start of the season to now we have become like a family, growing closer as the competition rose weekend to weekend,” MacKenzie Powers (18) stated.

      The team entered conference as defending champions on Jan. 21 and left that night with another win for the record books. This placed them as champions five years in a row.

      “One highlight of the season was placing first at our sectionals,” Powers (18). On Jan 30, the team ranked first in their sectional, securing them a ride to state the following weekend.

      Leading up to all of these competitions, Powers (18) said, “Our biggest obstacles were people getting sick and people who were quitting. When people quit we had to find new people to fill these spots.” The teams faced these problems head on and didn’t let it stop their determination to place at state.

      Going into the weekend of state, Feb 5 & 6, the team was sent of with the traditional walk of champions. They then faced the first round where they had to place top ten to make it to day two, that night they placed sixth securing them a spot in the competition the next day.

      “ The team’s biggest fear was not getting a deduction free performance. They wanted to make it to podium, saving their best performance for last,” Alivia Rogers (16) stated about the teams fears going into state.  

      Rogers’ last thought before going on the mat was, “ I was going to leave it all out there, leave everything on the mat. It was my last performance as a senior and I wanted to make it count. I looked over at the trophy before stepping out and hoped we made it to podium.”

      The team certainly made it to podium, ranking second in state to do so. North’s previous highest ranking had been sixth in state.

     When asked to describe the season in one word Rogers’ (16) stated, “Unforgettable.”