by Gina Jarvis
KANELAND—The Kaneland cheerleaders are stepping up from cheering on the sidelines on Friday nights to competing against other high schools in the area.
Some cheerleaders said that there are significant differences between cheering on the sidelines and cheering competitively against other teams.
“It is a lot more intense, and you have to make sure your timing is on key and make sure everyone is on the same time,” senior Lacey Lockert said.
Junior Kristen Glover said that though the time spent practicing at school is important, it’s also crucial for the girls to practice on their own time and improve their flexibility with stretches, because the competition is more challenging than their regular season.
There will be multiple judges evaluating the teams and only the judges can decide which team will win first place.
Each judge will be looking for several different things, including stunts, tumbling and motions as they evaluate squads on a set point system.
Lockert said that having confidence is important because it shows when the girls are competing.