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State Champion Lemont Cheerleaders Lauded by Village Board

Village trustees and Mayor Brian Reaves Monday praised the team for their first-place finish in IHSA state competition.

It was a packed house at Lemont Village Hall Monday night—but the crowd didn't come to talk about the sports complex. 

Most in the audience just wanted to see their favorite Lemont High School cheerleaders in the spotlight once again.

Mayor Brian Reaves issued a proclamation for the 2014 Medium Division IHSA state champions. The audience and board gave the team a standing ovation. The Indians’ state championship is their first under head coach Dave Erlenbaugh, who is in his second year heading the Lemont program. The Indians won consecutive state titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011 under former coach Brittany Glowa.

It reads as follows: 
WHEREAS, for the fourth year, the Lemont High School Varsity Cheerleaders captured the 2014 IHSA Medium Division Cheerleading State Championship in Bloomington, IL on February 8th; and  

WHEREAS, under the direction of Head Coach Dave Erlenbaugh, the Lemont Varsity Cheerleaders posted a top score of 88.22 in the preliminary round of 25 entrants, which advanced them as one of the top 10 teams to compete in the championship round where they took first place with a posted score of 90.84; and   

WHEREAS, in addition to the Lemont cheerleading squad’s four state titles, they finished as state runners-up in 2007, 2008 and 2013 and brought home third-place trophies in 2006 and 2012; and   

WHEREAS, it must be recognized that competition at the state level requires dedication, determination, passion and persistence by each squad member individually, and as a team, as well as the complete commitment of the cheerleaders, their parents, and of coach Dave Erlenbaugh and assistant coaches Bree Grady and Brittany Cantarino; and  

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that we recognize senior Indian Varsity Cheerleaders Madison Detres, Emily Durham, Gianna Letizia, Miranda Neumann, Rebecca Peraino, Kelsey Tate, Gianna Turek and Danielle Wohead; Juniors Easton Kral, Reann Kwasneski, Elly Lambert, Nicole Markley, Stephanie Markley, Kayly Norris, Samantha Palumbo, Jenna Polk and Samatha Walus; Sophomores Erin Cliff and Katelyn Papierski and Freshman Caitlyn Henry.   

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN K. REAVES, Mayor of Lemont, on behalf of the Village Board of Trustees and the entire community, hereby commend the Indian Varsity Cheerleading Squad on an outstanding performance, and hereby express our pride and sincere congratulations to the coaches and to the dedicated and talented 2014 IHSA Medium Division State Championship Lemont High School Varsity Cheerleaders.  
Ann Paul February 27, 2014 at 05:22 PM
Wrong. That sports complex will not generate enough revenue by holding practices for Lemont cheerleaders. I am all for investing in our youth, and pretty soon when they grow up to be taxpayers in this town, those smiles will quickly turn to frowns when they see their property taxes jump for paying close to a $40M complex on land we don't own. The mayor, however, will continue to smile as I bet he rides off into the sunset after this term expires. Not before he digs us in the perpetual hole of debt.
Ann Paul February 27, 2014 at 05:35 PM
And congrats to the girls!!! Way to go!
Frank February 27, 2014 at 10:34 PM
Or maybe they had to practice at 5:30 because they had to go to school. What's delusional is someone who thinks a town needs to spend over $20 million dollars so some girls can practice cheerleading at a different time.
Perro Grande February 28, 2014 at 01:02 PM
I believe one of the reasons the HS teams practice in their own gyms and field house is cost. If you were to take the daily practices to a place like the proposed complex or any of the other indoor facilities (Perfect Swing/GenUWin/Quarry Fieldhouse) there will be additional costs to either the families or schools/scouts/church groups that they currently do not have to pay. Or minimal charges anyways. Just because they are Lemont organizations, they will not get access to the fields for free.
B.S. Buster February 28, 2014 at 02:54 PM
There are plenty of groups that pay big money for travel sports. Thousands of dollars dues for the season. Then there are tournaments where people come from miles around to participate. They eat at local restaurants and shop at local stores. Lemont needs a destination these sports facilities are one of the few growth industries around. Don't be fooled by this small group of very vocal political malcontents! You've seen their names and heard their beefs before. They complain about everything
Clare Woday March 01, 2014 at 01:17 AM
I like the way you think Happy Lemonter!!!
Michelle Salazar March 01, 2014 at 07:24 AM
Good Morning Lemonters! Just waiting for my kid to finish breakfast...he's off to the Indoor National Championship just outside of DETROIT MI. He is not going to visit all the wonderful things there are to see there, his five hour (in each direction) road trip has just one specific destination. That's what we need to become...a destination. Have a great weekend!
B.S. Buster March 01, 2014 at 07:43 AM
Best of luck and safe travels to you and your son, Michelle! It's nice to hear from happy people like you, Clare and Happy Lemonter!
Athens Man March 01, 2014 at 11:00 AM
I like the sound of ..."a destination" Michelle. A destination for 500 plus kids and their parents for weekend.

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