The Highland High School varsity cheerleading team nearly had a flawless performance in its competitive season opener en route to winning the Illinois Cheerleading Coaches Association (ICCA) Waterloo Regional Invitational on Sunday.
“It was a good performance, and it was a strong start to the season,” Highland coach Angie Fears said. “The team only incurred a .25 deduction for a touch down on a full twist. Other than that, there were no penalties. But going forward, they need to work on perfecting their routine in the synchronization and work on jumps, which are always something we could work harder on.”
The HHS cheer squad wanted to attend the Waterloo Regional just to get the nerves out, especially since this year’s squad is very young with 10 underclassmen compared to six upperclassmen.
“That way they could relax at the up and coming Highland Regional on Dec. 3 and have a good showing on our home turf,” Fears said.
Fears said the team’s tumbling skills are probably the strongest they have had in her eight years at the helm.
“On Sunday, they threw six fulls, and we have four more to add in the up coming competitions,” she said. “While this has always been a weak spot for us, it is now a strong spot for us this year.”