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Southern Illinois cheer teams fall short of finals

  • The Carterville cheerleading team competes Friday in Bloomington.

    The Carterville cheerleading team competes Friday in Bloomington.
    Dan White photo

  • The Sesser-Valier squad goes airborne Friday in the state final preliminaries at Bloomington.

    The Sesser-Valier squad goes airborne Friday in the state final preliminaries at Bloomington.
    Dan White photo

  • A member of the Anna-Jonesboro cheer squad performs in Friday's preliminaries.

    A member of the Anna-Jonesboro cheer squad performs in Friday's preliminaries.
    Dan White photo

  • The Mount Vernon HIgh School cheerleaders compete in the medium-school division Friday in Bloomington.

    The Mount Vernon HIgh School cheerleaders compete in the medium-school division Friday in Bloomington.
    Dan White photo

  • A Carterville cheerleader performs Friday.

    A Carterville cheerleader performs Friday.
    Dan White photo

  • A member of the Sesser-Valier team performs Friday.

    A member of the Sesser-Valier team performs Friday.
    Dan White photo

  • The Carterville team performs Friday.

    The Carterville team performs Friday.
    Dan White photo

  • A member of the Sesser-Valier team in Friday's performance.

    A member of the Sesser-Valier team in Friday's performance.
    Dan White photo

  • A member of the Carterville team does a flip.

    A member of the Carterville team does a flip.
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  • One of the Anna-Jonesboro Wildcats does a neat flip in Friday's competition.

    One of the Anna-Jonesboro Wildcats does a neat flip in Friday's competition.
    Dan White photo

  • Two members of the Mount Vernon Township High School squad perform Friday.

    Two members of the Mount Vernon Township High School squad perform Friday.
    Dan White photo

  • This Anna-Jonesboro cheerleader's form looks pretty good.

    This Anna-Jonesboro cheerleader's form looks pretty good.
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  • The Mount Vernon squad pulls off a difficult move on Friday.

    The Mount Vernon squad pulls off a difficult move on Friday.
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Staff report
Posted on 2/3/2017, 3:30 PM

Southern Illinois high school cheerleading squads gave it everything they had Friday, but failed to qualify for the state finals competition on Saturday.

Teams from Carterville, Sesser-Valier and Anna-Jonesboro high schools were among 25 teams in Illinois to win state tournament berths in the small school division, while Mount Vernon High School was among 25 schools in the medium school division.

The IHSA cheerleading championships are being held Friday and Saturday in Bloomington.

The preliminary competition was held Friday. Only the top 10 teams in each division – small, medium, large and co-ed - moved onto the Saturday finals.

Mount Vernon came in 13th. The 10 medium-sized schools that moved on are Crystal Lake Central, Columbia, Oak Forest, Grayslake North, Yorkville, Lemont, Tinley Park, Morris, Antioch and Grayslake Central.

In the small division, Anna-Jonesboro finished 14th, Sesser-Valier 15th and Carterville 18th. The 10 small schools that moved on are Breese Central, Rockford Lutheran, Reed-Custer (Braidwood), Paris, Rockridge (Taylor Ridge), Farmington, Byron, Mater Dei (also in Breese), Oakwood (Fithian) and Timothy Christian School (Elmhurst).