Former Luvabull to coach local youth cheer squad

A surge in the quality of cheerleading around the area is very possible in the near future thanks to the Roscoe/Rockton Lions Xtreme, a new cheerleading team that is having tryouts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, July 15, at Prairie Hill School for girls in grades 3-8.

“My goal for this team is to bring something out there that is community-driven, but competes with these private establishments and can help prepare these girls for high school cheerleading,” Ashley Wilcox, who will be the team’s coach, said.

Girls who are interested must attend two mandatory clinics from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., July 13-14, at Prairie Hill School.

Wilcox, 20, has been involved with cheerleading for 16 years and has six years of experience coaching cheerleading. She was a cheerleader for the Chicago Bulls, Rockford Lightning and Forest City Gladiators. She has also participated in numerous competitions and plans to eventually have her team compete.

“If I get a team that comes in, and they’re ready to compete, we’ll compete,” Wilcox said. “But if I have a team that comes in and needs time before I send them out on that floor, then I’m going to give them that time.”

Wilcox said she plans to keep about 25 girls on the team. A $150 registration fee is due the first day of practice, Sunday, July 22, for team members. Practices will be held Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. at Riverside Park.

“Any girl or parent who thinks their child could learn from or develop by doing this—I want to see them at tryouts,” Wilcox said. “Because you never know if you’re good enough. So come out there, don’t be nervous, don’t be scared. Everybody starts somewhere. Just get out there and give it a shot. There is such a thing as natural talent, and you’ll never know if you’ve got it ’til you try.”

For more information, contact Wilcox at (815) 543-4270 or visit

from the July 11-17, 2007, issue

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