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Cheer team caps off season with fifth at IHSA State

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The cheer team placed fifth at the IHSA State competition last Saturday. The team traveled to prelims the day before, facing multiple rounds of competition before taking home a top-five finish in the state of Illinois. With a win in the Dupage Valley Conference meet, a second place at the Andrew Sectional, and top five in Illinois, the cheer squad has had an extremely successful postseason.

The athletes and their coach, Lisa Braheny, had a team breakfast the morning that they left for the first day of the competition. Where many people would be nervous, the cheer squad was happy and excited. Most of all, they were confident. “This team is there for each other in every aspect, and that’s going to make them successful because they trust one another,” Braheny said.

The cheer team competes in the coed division, where they took eighth in prelims and fifth in finals. They scored 86.23 points in their finals round, beating Rockford at 85.03 and just falling to Plainfield South at 86.36.

Their postseason success capped off a very strong season for the team. Athlete and junior Justin Rice believes that the key to that success has been the team’s strong relationships. “We’re friends, we’re family, we make each other laugh and bring each other up when we’re down,” Rice said. That winning culture was apparent at all points in the season and definitely paid off at State.

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Tyler Burleyson, Sports Reporter

Tyler Burleyson is a senior and a new sports writer for MeteaMedia. His passions include classical music, jazz music, hip hop music, instrumental music, and talking about himself. If you want to talk about Tyler, find him on Twitter @burleysontyler. He’s also a member of Metea’s Wind Ensemble, an officer of Tri-M Music Honors Society, and a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Aimee Leal, Photography Editor

Aimee is a senior and Varsity cheerleader at Metea Valley. This is her second year on staff and
she is photography editor this year. She enjoys really cheesy jokes and will laugh at nearly everything and anything while also procrastinating any type of responsibility by sleeping.

6 Comments

6 Responses to “Cheer team caps off season with fifth at IHSA State”

  1. Reality Doctor on February 6th, 2018 7:32 am

    This is sports. Where’s the Super Bowl?!?

  2. darkstripe on February 7th, 2018 8:30 am

    ^^^

  3. Dylan Stencel on February 6th, 2018 10:10 am

    Justin Rice is the best on the cheer team he deserves 1st place in every category.

  4. Xavier Pinson on February 6th, 2018 1:06 pm

    I’m finna transfer here.. where the boys basketball news at?

  5. Saif on February 7th, 2018 11:56 am

    aye shout out chris for being so versatile lifts a person with one hand and codes in java with the other

  6. annehailes on February 14th, 2018 1:39 am

    They have an automatic bye and will open the Tourney at the Cross Insurance Center in the first game on Friday, February 16th at 5 PM and will play the winner of the Winslow-Orono prelim game.

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