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Suburban cheer teams move on to finals

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  • Buffalo Grove High School's coed team posted the highest score in Friday's prelims at the state cheerleading competition in Bloomington.

       Buffalo Grove High School's coed team posted the highest score in Friday's prelims at the state cheerleading competition in Bloomington.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Grayslake North High School competes in the competitive cheerleading state championships Friday in Bloomington.

       Grayslake North High School competes in the competitive cheerleading state championships Friday in Bloomington.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Hoffman Estates High School cheerleaders give a highflying performance Friday in the state final preliminaries.

       Hoffman Estates High School cheerleaders give a highflying performance Friday in the state final preliminaries.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Metea Valley High School cheerleaders competes in the state championships Friday.

       Metea Valley High School cheerleaders competes in the state championships Friday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin's coed cheerleading team finished in the top 10 Friday and won a place in Saturday's finals.

       South Elgin's coed cheerleading team finished in the top 10 Friday and won a place in Saturday's finals.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles East High School tied for seventh place in the competitive cheerleading prelims on Friday and will compete for the large school state title on Saturday.

       St. Charles East High School tied for seventh place in the competitive cheerleading prelims on Friday and will compete for the large school state title on Saturday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Neuqua Valley competes in large school prelims on Friday at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. Neuqua advanced to Saturday's finals.

       Neuqua Valley competes in large school prelims on Friday at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. Neuqua advanced to Saturday's finals.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Mundelein High School competes in the prelims Friday at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. The squad advanced to Saturday's finals in the coed division.

       Mundelein High School competes in the prelims Friday at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. The squad advanced to Saturday's finals in the coed division.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

The finals are set, and lots of suburban high schools will compete for the IHSA state cheerleading championships on Saturday in Bloomington.

After a tightly competitive preliminary round on Friday, 60 teams have been sent to the sidelines and 40 remain to compete for four state titles, which begin at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The top 10 finishers in each division return to compete Saturday.

Perennial coed powerhouse Buffalo Grove High School led all scorers Friday, finishing with 91.72 points out of a possible 100. On Buffalo Grove's heels in the coed division are Barrington High School in third, Grant High School of Fox Lake in fourth, Downers Grove South in fifth, Mundelein High School in eighth, South Elgin in 9th and Glenbard West, 10th.

Missing the cut in coed were Lake Park, Elk Grove, Palatine, Hoffman Estates, Downers Grove North and Naperville North high schools.

In the large school division, Conant advances to the finals, finishing the prelims in third place. Lake Zurich and St. Charles East tied for seventh, and Neuqua Valley (10th) rounded out the suburban finalists.

Missing the cut in the large division were Stevenson, Maine South, Cary-Grove, Naperville Central, Metea Valley, Rolling Meadows, Huntley, Grayslake North, Crystal Lake Central and Bartlett.

Four suburban schools are moving on to Saturday's finals in the medium school division.

Antioch finished second in Friday's preliminaries, only 1.52 points behind Lemont High School. Wauconda finished fifth, Timothy Christian of Elmhurst finished sixth and Grayslake Central came in seventh.

Missing the cut in the medium division were Hampshire, Vernon Hills, Montini Catholic and Glenbard South high schools.

No suburban schools are competing in the small school division.

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