Sectionals the end of the road for cheerleading, Puppettes

Lauren Kreiss

Oscar Valdovinos, Staff Reporter

The Varsity cheerleading season came to an end at the IHSA Sectionals, which took place at RB on January 28.  The top five finishers at Sections qualify for State.  RB did not place in the top five, though actual finish has not yet been released.

It was a tough way to end a successful season, as the team had placed in the top three at all of their competitions on the path to Sectionals.

“It’s disappointing that we didn’t get to qualify, but it felt good to go out and put on a good routine,” said senior Hannah Likness.

The team saw some bumps in the road along the way. With injuries ranging from a torn ACL to concussions and broken bones, several Bulldogs were been sidelined for portions of the season. Still, the team as a whole persevered and even thrived in the face of adversity.

There is still much more cheering left to be done, though.

“We’re still cheering at basketball games, practicing our routine for Senior Night and trying to make our half time routines more fun,” said Likness.

The Pupettes have been just as busy this winter. Their season consists of performances at every home varsity basketball game and competitions on the weekends. Unfortunately, the Pupettes’ state title hopes were dashed as they were not able to place high enough for state qualification either.

“It was disappointing, but we’re keeping our heads up,” said senior Sarah Benya.