IHSA cheerleading state championship

By Alyssa Donovan

February 1, 2013 Updated Feb 1, 2013 at 10:45 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-- The most spirited groups in Illinois are taking over the U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

All year round these teams are cheering from the sidelines, but this weekend it is their turn to take the floor.

Thousands of high school cheerleaders are bringing their "A" game to the U.S. Cellular Coliseum for the IHSA Cheerleading State Championship.

For the girls of Peoria Notre Dame high school, getting this far is an achievement all on it's own.

Peoria Notre Dame Cheer Team Captain Marysue Cicciarelli said, "This is the first time Peoria Notre Dame has ever made it to state so it's a pretty big deal. This experience to get here is indescribable… there are no words to describe how great this is."

Head coach Megan Sangalli said that she could not have asked for more as a first year coach.

"It means a lot to us too to take one of our first squads this far so we're really proud of them no matter what the outcome is," said Sangalli.

With 100 teams competing in four different classes: small, medium, large and coed, the athletes are really pulling out all the flips.

Peoria Notre Dame cheer team captain Sarah Harnison said she thinks they have a chance.

"We're hoping for the best I mean obviously we really want first but we're hoping to get top ten at least," said Harnison.

With 25 teams in their class, Peoria Notre Dame will have to beat out at least 15 teams to make it to Saturday's finals.

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