S.H.S. poms competes at sectionals


SHS poms competition team poses with their 2nd place plaque at the Kewanee Innovational. This was the teams 2nd year going to this competition.

 This year, Sterling High School poms competition team worked harder than ever to perfect their dance for sectionals. The poms team went to three competitions before they went to sectionals, giving them plenty of time to see what the team needs to change. 

  The S.H.S. poms team went to Peoria Sectionals where they competed against 16 1A groups to go to state, instead of the fieldcrest sectionals they attended last year. 

 The first competition took place on December 10 at Waubonsie Valley Invitational. The team placed fourth out of the four teams that were there. After placing low at the first competition, the team realized what they had to do to advance to state. The team fixed their turn section in the beginning of their dance as well as the ending part due to it not matching the lift. 

  The team also had a setback due to the technical they received at the Waubonsie Valley invitational. The technical the team received was because of their lift not being allowed according to the IHSA dance 22-23 rule book.   

 The next competition the team competed in was on 12/17. S.H.S. placed second at the Kewanee Invitational. When the team got back the score sheets they saw they lost by .14 of a point to Fieldcrest (Minonk).

 The final competition the team got to go to before sectionals was on January 8. The team received fourth at Huntley Invitational. Sterling High School was the only public school that placed in the top five.

 The team went to sectionals on January 21 and competed against defending state champions Morris who have won state 11 years in a row. The girls placed 11 out of 16 teams which left the team disappointed. 

  Sophomore Lillian Reaver said, “I feel that this season was very enjoyable. We had a lot of fun and were always cracking jokes during practice. There were times when we had to focus and work on the dance for a competition coming up. But it was all worth it in the end. Even though we didn’t win, I feel that we did our best and put in a lot of effort. I am proud of each and every girl on the team.”

 Regardless of the scores and placements of last year, the team will work even harder during the next competition season.