Pontiac Indians cheer squad making return trip to state

Pontiac lost just two seniors from its 2021-22 competitive cheerleading squad that reached state. With a squad that requires 10 competitors, that was a small number to overcome.

So, with a lot of experience coming back, and most of it young, the Indians set their sights on making a return trip to Grossinger Arena in Bloomington this season.

The young ladies did just that and will be competing Friday morning in the small-school division.

Senior cheerleaders, from left, Piper Brewer, Addisyn Holzhauer, Natalie Davis and Gloriana Birkett are leading Pontiac cheer squad to the competitive cheer state finals this weekend in Bloomington.

“We weren’t sure how it was going to work out (at sectional) because we up against some really good teams,” said PTHS senior Addisyn Holzhauer. “We worked super hard during the season.”

That work paid off as the Indians placed fifth at sectional. There were 15 teams competing at the Hoffman Estates (Conant) Sectional in the small-school division. Wilmington won with 87.53 points and Joliet Catholic was second. PTHS placed fifth with 82.63 points to take the last qualifying spot by a tenth of a point over Lexington (82.53). Prairie Central (73.07) was 12th.

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