Advancing to state

THE WILMINGTON competitive cheerleading team placed second during the Sectional in Tinley Park to guarantee a trip to state this weekend. The Lady Wildcats finished with a team score of 80.13, behind first-place Reed-Custer (81.37). Also qualifying out of the Andrew Sectional were Beecher (75.83), Timothy Christian (75.61) and Bishop McNamara (73.80). Wilmington will compete at state, with their performance on Friday taking place at 11:30 a.m. in the Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington. The top 10 teams from the small school division will advance to the final on Saturday. Members of the team include (from left) Gabi Mathus, Ashlee Kelly, Paige Persic, Madison Brimer, Carly VanDuyne, Kaitlyn McKim, Mya Gougis, Jessica Hale, Kendall Peatross, Brianna Franzen, Caitlyn Wollenzien, Becca Cahill and Courtney VanDuyne.