Cheer squad compete for conference championship


Bryce Holden, Sports Media

The Minooka cheerleading team was left hungry after last year’s 6th-place finish at the SPC Conference Competition at Joliet West High School, and last year’s 7th-place finish at the sectional championship, not making it to state.

This year’s varsity cheerleading team has made it their goal to achieve better team chemistry and a top 5 finish at this year’s conference championship. 

With the top teams including Plainfield South, Yorkville, Joliet Central and Joliet West competing against the Indians on home turf the Indians must take much preparation for their upcoming conference championship. 

“I am continuing to do what we’ve been doing all competitive season!” coach Kelly Bielec said. “My team has stayed focus and are continuing to fight to put out the best routine possible. This week specifically we have been working on the little things in our routine to clean it up and create a bigger performance factor. We have something we are adding into our routine for the first time this Saturday and are excited to finally do it at a competition!”

Although everyone helps contribute to get team points, which athletes are key?

“Every single athlete plays a huge role in the team’s succes, but we couldn’t do it without our seniors,” Bielec said. “This team is led by two incredible seniors, Kimberly Gebhardt and Easton Otto. Kimberly is a main base on the team and she is someone the girls really look up to. She has a natural leadership quality about her that is contagious. The younger girls really feed off of her positive energy on competition days. Easton, also a main base, is the heart of this team. Everything she does is with purpose. You can feel how much she wants this team to succeed. She has two younger sisters on the team and is a great role model for them as well.”

The SPC Championship is Saturday, Jan. 25, at MCHS South Campus.