DANCE: After the best showing in program history at the state meet Saturday in Bloomington, the Ramblerettes will compete at the National Dance Team Championship at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida this weekend. The Ramblers are entered in the Medium Pom and Medium Jazz divisions. The preliminary rounds are Friday, and the finals are Sunday.
“The month of January is always so busy for us, but the girls are handling the pressure well and are very focused,” Loyola head coach Cindy McLean said. “It’s led to their success.”
At the state meet, the dance team took sixth place out of 12 teams. It was the first time the Ramblerettes made it to the finals in three appearances. Prior to the state meet, they captured the Catholic League championship for the third consecutive season.
Head coach: Cindy McLean
Assistant coaches: Kerry Dubay, Erin Shapiro
Seniors: Jackie Bordignon (captain), Emma Burden (captain), Helen Hebson, Sam Mallahan (captain)
Juniors: Mary Grace Calk, Libby Downey, Kate Goldberg, Grace Murnane, Katie Penn (captain), Michelle Roti, Molly Valetta, Grace Wetoska (captain)
Sophomores: Caroline Browne, Paige Finley
Freshmen: Eva McHugh, Ava Placio
COMPETITIVE CHEERLEADING: The Ramblers qualified for the state meet for the first time since the 2010-2011 school year after finishing fourth Saturday at the Niles West Sectional. The top five teams at each sectional advanced to the state meet, which is Friday and Saturday in Bloomington.
“They went out there and gave it their all,” Loyola head coach Steven Sturgill said. “They hit a clean and solid routine and made it look effortless.”
In its last appearance at the state meet, Loyola took 20th in the large team division to miss the cut for the finals.
Head coach: Steven Sturgill
Assistant coaches: Angelina Casiano, Lindsey Strzepek
Seniors: Arianna Awdisho, Sophia D’Agostino, Anne Santangelo, Kate Santangelo, Taylor Zipparro
Juniors: Lilli Awdisho, Katie Bachert, Sami Cantrell, Mandy Davidson, Kylie Davidson, Daisy Flakus, Ali Levi, Olivia Norton, Mairead O’Kane, Parker Rhodes
Sophomores: Caroline Belmont, Erin Mullany, Ally Pomey, Emma Santangelo, Allie Shust, Janie Vance
Freshmen: Anne Carretta, Harper Elliott, Ella Moore, Natalie Schurer