The Crystal Lake Central competitive cheerleading team finished in fifth place in the Medium Team division on the final day of the IHSA state final at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.
The Tigers scored 87.30 for their best state finish, which was slightly down from their 87.96 that had them in second place after Friday’s preliminary round. Lemont won the Medium Team title with a 90.84.
“We’re just excited. Being top five in the state is way more than we expected coming into this,” Central coach Elizabeth Brauneis said. “This was a huge accomplishment for the girls and so well-deserved.”
Both Central and Hampshire, which finished in a tie for ninth with 85.58, advanced to the second day of the state final for the first time in either school’s cheer history. The Whip-Purs tied for ninth on both days of competition with Tinley Park.
“I think everyone’s feeling really good. It was unbelievable,” Hampshire coach Rachael Kent said. “They did very well and really came together as a team to perform to the best of their abilities.”
Class 1A Alden-Hebron Regional: At Hebron, the Giants finished seventh with 28 points. Alden-Hebron had two individuals advance to the Feb.15 Byron Sectional. Joshua Johnson (138 pounds) took second after losing in the championship match, 8-6. Colton Cashmore (160) finished third after winning by pin (3:32) in the consolation match.
Belvidere Class 2A Regional: At Belvidere, Marengo finished fifth with 92.5 points. The Indians had six finishers in the top three who advanced to the Pontiac Sectional. Justin Dauphin (220) won his championship match by pin in 5:26 to lead Marengo. Matt Pandocchi (182) finished second after losing his championship match, 7-4. Kyle Gara (160), Brandon Dierkes (170), Cory Graham (126) and Bailey Miller (132) finished third to advance.
Sycamore Regional: At Sycamore, Marengo and Jacobs finished in the top four to advance as teams to the Freeport Sectional on Feb.15. Marengo won the regional with a score of 5,588, while Jacobs was fourth with 5,200. Dominique Bailey of Marengo finished second overall with a 1,200 series, and teammate Caitlyn Nakoneczny finished ninth with a 1,111.
Jacobs was led by a third-place finish by Lyric Dodson with a 1,172 and Zoe Carrie with a 1,069. Huntley finished 12th with 4,126 pins and failed to qualify any individuals.
Buffalo Grove Regional: At Buffalo Grove, Dundee-Crown won the regional and advanced to the Zion-Benton Sectional with a score of 5,498. Karissa Gonio led the Chargers with a 1,218 series and Brittany Mueller added a 1,082.
Round Lake Regional: At Round Lake, Kim McClaughry (1,111) of McHenry, Allison Boelter (1,098) of Johnsburg and Samantha Kunke (1,067), Kristin Lemke (1,066) and Rachel Lohmeyer (1,058) of Woodstock co-op advanced as individuals to the Zion-Benton Sectional. McClaughry finished eighth, and Boelter was ninth.
The McHenry, Woodstock co-op and Johnsburg teams all failed to qualify for the sectional. The Warriors finished in sixth with 4,945 and the Blue Streaks were eighth with 4,852. Johnsburg ended up 10th with 4,695.
Huntley 69, Jacobs 34: At Algonquin, the Red Raiders clinched the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division title outright with the win. Huntley (22-3 overall, 11-0 FVC Valley) was led by Ali Andrews with 21 points and Sam Andrews with 20, including three 3-pointers.
The Golden Eagles (5-20, 2-9) were led by Alyssa Lach with 11 points. Carly Sidor added eight.
Grayslake Central 54, Woodstock North 46: At Woodstock, the Thunder lost in FVC Fox Division play. Jenifer Crain scored 15 points to lead Woodstock North (-16, 2-8), and Haley Ahr added 14.
Hampshire 44, Johnsburg 36: At Johnsburg, Sara Finn scored 17 points to lead the Whip-Purs (11-13, 5-7) to the FVC Fox win. Emma Benoit and Peyton Dechant added eight for Hampshire.
The Skyhawks (10-16, 4-7) were led by Jazza Johns' eight points. Maycee Ward and Cortland Sommerfeldt each added seven.
CL Central 44, Woodstock 36: At Woodstock, Shannon Ellman scored 23 points to lead the Tigers (13-12, 7-4) to the FVC Fox win.
Grace Beattie scored 12 points to lead the Blue Streaks (8-17, 2-11) and Selena Juarez added 11.
Prairie Ridge 54, Palatine 48: At Crystal Lake, the Wolves outscored Palatine 36-21 after the half to come from behind and win in nonconference play. Sarah Le Beau led the Wolves (17-8) with 26 points, including six 3-pointers. Maddie Drain scored 11 points and Kirsten Voel-Pel added eight.
Wilmot (Wis.) 59, Richmond-Burton 53: At Richmond, the Rockets lost in nonconference play. Joey St. Pierre led R-B (18-6) with 16 points and Sam Kaufman added 12.
Prairie Ridge 52, Jacobs 47: At Algonquin, Steven Ticknor scored 25 points to lead the Wolves (13-10, 4-5) to the FVC Valley win. Ticknor shot 6 of 9 from the field and 4 of 5 from behind the arc. Matt Perhats and Michael Bradshaw each added eight.
Chrishawn Orange led the Golden Eagles (11-11, 5-3) with 13 points.
Marian Central 72, Guerin Prep 51: At River Grove, the Hurricanes outscored Guerin 48-25 after halftime to win in Suburban Christian Conference crossover. Adam Pischke led Marian (11-14) with 15 points and Derreck Caldez added 12.
Harvest Christian 63, Alden-Hebron 39: At the Northeastern Athletic Conference Tournament, Trevor ball scored 13 points for the Giants in their loss. Cody Nelson added 11.
• Kevin Meyer contributed to this report.