Lady Hub senior Mary Coglianese has made many memories throughout her eight years cheering for Hub football teams. From elementary school to high school, Coglianese hopes she’ll have one more chance to not only cheer alongside her friends, but showcase the talents she’s developed since she first put on her Rochelle Junior Tackle uniform in fourth grade.
Coglianese has cheered at Rochelle Township High School for the last three-plus years, performing with both the sideline and competitive cheer teams over her freshman and sophomore seasons. While remaining involved with the sideline cheer team, Coglianese competed for the Lady Hub varsity basketball team this past winter and took up tennis during the fall. Coglianese said she wants her final run with the RTHS cheer team to be a special one.
“What I enjoy most about cheerleading are the different ways I can express my talents and how every cheerleader on the team has a purpose and a role on the team,” Coglianese said. “It’s been a great deal of fun growing as an athlete in the sport for so many years and I love showing people that cheerleading is more than just the smiles they see on the sidelines. We’re all hard-working athletes and I really enjoy having the opportunity to show that to people.”
Should the RTHS cheer team be able to perform and compete this year, it will be Coglianese’s fourth season as a sideline performer at Rochelle and her third season as a competitor. Coglianese, who said she’s looking to improve her tumbling abilities this year, said the chemistry she’s built with her teammates has been the biggest reason for their success.
“I felt that our stunt groups did really well, even though we switched around a lot,” Coglianese said. “We always pushed past our struggles and came through for each other. I felt that our team chemistry really helped us succeed in many aspects of the sport last year. I hope I’ll have the chance to become even closer with all of the girls and build a similar chemistry this year.”