BELVIDERE – Belvidere North’s cheerleading team added to its trophy collection, and the school celebrated the team’s latest state championship with a Monday assembly.
The three-peat means a lot to the cheerleaders.
“I cried a lot,” senior Hannah LaMarca said. “It was really exciting. It was very overwhelming. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I got to share it with my younger sister, too. That was even better.”
“It was super awesome,” senior Mya Carlton said. “I loved every second of it. This is a really good program to be a part of.”
Lacee Sattelberg took over as the head coach three years ago, guiding the team to state titles in all three years as head coach. Maintaining that level of success brings about some challenges.
“It’s a lot of pressure but I love everything about it,” Sattelberg said.
The Blue Thunder program tries to outdo itself every year, and when the team does that, the result seems to be a state title.
“Our theme this year, our choreographer gave us this quote, to beat the tradition and not the competition,” Sattelberg said. “That was our goal, to be better than we were last year.”
Putting in the work makes for a good formula success, and the athletes understand that.
“What you put into the world you get back,” LaMarca said. “That’s kind of what our whole program is.”
As for a potential four-peat.
“We’re already starting to think about what we’re going to do next year,” Sattelberg said.
The foundation is there, as the Blue Thunder builds a pyramid of success filled with trophies.