It’s A Wrap! RLHS’s Cheerleading Season Recap!


Annette Negrete

The RLHS’s pose for a picture at the Niles West Sectionals on Jan. 27, 2018.

Daniela Zavala

The varsity cheerleading team made sure to stay optimistic for the 2017-18 season at RLHS as they were hopeful that this would be their year. The team was determined to have a great season with big goals for each other and the team overall, and in the end, had the best possible outcome.

This year, the 2017-2018 team ended its season with the highest score of the season of 74.89, at the Niles West Cheerleading Sectionals. Despite difficulties appearing throughout the season, the team overcame them to put forth 110% on the 9 mats the whole season. Everyone on the team had individual goals, but every single cheerleader hoped to make it to state.

Nerves kicked in on the morning of Dec. 3 at Crystal Lake Central, as the varsity team was getting ready to compete for the first time. Many were confident, some had their doubts, but the team had a fairly successful run. Senior Mariana Rojas said “Even though it wasn’t the greatest [routine], I was glad that we finally got to compete and show everyone what we were working for.”

The season went on as they competed at Rolling Meadows, Lake Zurich, Grayslake North, conference at Wauconda, and at Huntley. With each competition, the team managed to improve its routine a little more.

The highlight of the season was sectionals, which was hosted by Niles West High School. The team went against some of the state’s top contenders, including Stevenson, Lake Zurich, and McHenry. The varsity team left the season knowing they performed its best that day, especially having to adjust to a new teammate replacing someone halfway through. The team practiced tremendously hard during sectionals week and in the end, everything worked out very well. 

 There were also many tears as it was the last competition for the seniors. Senior Bianca Cordova said,“Honestly I think that sectionals was our best competition. You could feel the energy and the passion we all had for cheer. Sectionals was different, I felt so powerful and full of joy that we were doing what we wanted to do most, hit our routine.”

The cheerleading team did not make it to advance to state the following week, but Cordova stated “We may not have placed, but we showed everyone what we were capable of doing and I was proud of that.”

Head Coach Ms. Megan McDonald was overwhelmed with joy on their sectionals performance. “I am so proud of them all. They gave it their all out there and fought hard! They should all be so proud of themselves.”

As the season comes to a close and the seniors begin to say goodbye to their competitive high school cheer days, this year’s juniors are working to prepare and build their skills for next year’s season. Tryouts may seem distant,but the end of May will come sooner than many believe. 

Junior Alondra Alvelar is hopeful about the incoming team.“I feel good about the upcoming season. I feel like working with the incoming girls will really go well if we stick to what we know and work hard.”

Tryouts dates are yet to be determined for May. Come out and join the RLHS Cheerleading program!