Newberg keeps Cheer streak alive

Tigers win sixth straight, Westview, South Albany repeat
By Cliff Pfenning,

PORTLAND - Newberg, Westview and South Albany all retained state titles at the Oregon Cheerleading state finals Saturday on what was a record-setting day at Memorial Coliseum.

Three of the six divisions were decided by less that two points, and two were by less than one point, a record for most divisions being decided by such close margins.

Tualatin edged Thurston in the Coed Large division 181.80 to 181.50, earning the school its first title since 2012, and first in the coed division.

At 4A, Henley edged Newport by just 0.90 points to win only its second title, and keep the Cubs from winning their first.

Central Linn won its first title by scoring an upset of two-time champion Delphian, 161.50-160.20.

Newberg had the high score of the day at 202.40, and retained the small coed title it won last year after winning the 6A Small division for four consecutive years.

Westview had the high score for a non-coed team at 194.50 with a nearly flawless routine.

South Albany won its third-straight title at Class 5A.

Overall, a record 27 schools competed in the coed divisions.







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Tualatin 181.80, Thurston 181.50, Lebanon 164.10, McMinnville 161.70, North Medford 141.30.


Newberg 202.40, David Douglas 191.40, West Albany 178.60, Gladstone 172.70, Sherwood 162.60.


Energy heads for Coliseum

Cheer teams go through final performances before state championships
By Cliff Pfenning,

TUALATIN - Saturday's final run-through of routines before an audience produced some impressive performances and good drama for next week's OSAA State Championships at the Tualatin Last Chance event held at Sherwood High as the Three Rivers League district wrestling meet overtook Tualatin for the weekend.

Sherwood, a newcomer in the Coed division, edged Gladstone - also moving over to Coed after winning the 4A title last year, in spite of the Gladiators nailing their routine, and Umatilla showed up before an audience for the first time, giving its large team a huge lift in spirit.

"We've been practicing a lot and looking forward to being in front of a crowd," said Umatilla senior Trenton Morin. "Now we've done that. It's quite a rush when you get to perform before people."

Overall, Westview showed it's ready to defend its Class 6A title with a stellar performance with its 20 athletes as one of the highlights of the day. Delphian hit its routine with few mistakes to win at Class 3A, Newport won at 4A, Churchill took 5A and North Medford won the three-team Coed Large division.

Tualatin, which sat out the competition part as it played host to the event, performed an exhibition and showcased it's ready to return to the ranks of state champions with a sparkling routine that featured several sky-high acrobatic elements.

The Tualatin event attracted many of the top teams with others performing in Salem Saturday. Among those teams were defending champions Newberg, South Albany and McMinnville, as well as Thurston, Sweet Home and The Dalles.

Aloha, which has won three 6A titles in the past five years, plans to sit out the state finals while preparing for a national meet.




Cheer teams gear up

Season begins drive to state championships, Feb. 10
By Cliff Pfenning,

More than 20 teams from across the state showed up to David Douglas High School for the annual Scotsmen Rumble Saturday as the state's Cheerleading teams continued to prep for the state championships, which take place at Memorial Coliseum in three weeks, and Gladstone provided a standout performance.

Moving to the Coed Small Division after winning the state title at Class 4A last year, the Gladiators nailed much of their routine, although missed enough moves that coach Shelby Tracy had a measured review.

"I'd say we probably were about a seven on a 10-point scale," Tracy, who moved to head coach this season after four years as an assistant, said.

Among the five Coed teams, Gladstone placed first, besting Milwaukie, Glencoe, Canby and Oregon City.

Westview edged Beaverton and five other schools for first in the Class 6A division results. The Dalles finished first at Class 5A and Central Linn took first in Class 3A.


David Douglas sat out as it played host to the event. The Scots, though, figure to be one of Gladstone's top challengers having edged them in the Pacer Invitational last week and the Laker Rumble the week before. David Douglas won the state title two years ago, but finished second to Newberg last year. Newberg is headed for the all-girl Class 6A division this season.

At the Newberg Classic Saturday, wher the Tigers sat out as hosts, Lake Oswego edged Clackamas in the Class 6A performances. West Albany took the Coed Small division, South Albany won the Class 4A division and Willamina took the Class 3A division.

In the Coed Large division, Tualatin edged Lebanon and McMinnville, last year's state champion, for its second win in three weeks. Tualatin last won a state title in 2012.

Aloha, which has won three state titles and finished second at Class 6A last year, has a competition win from last week.

Most teams will be in action Jan. 27 at either Clackamas or Sheldon in Eugene, and then Salem or Tualatin, Feb. 3.




Scots move into the title clubhouse

David Douglas wins its first state cheerleading title
Feb. 14, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

PORTLAND - In what amounted to a historic upset, David Douglas won its first cheerleading state title Saturday, upsetting traditional champions Westview and Aloha in a tightly-contested Class 6A/5A large team finals Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.

The Scots performed a near-flawless routine, then celebrated wildly without knowing their fate for more than an hour.

Westview also performed near-flawlessly, but judges ended up handing the title to David Douglas in the closest result of the day, 66.22 to 65.75.

The win moved the Scots up from second last year, when they lost to Aloha by more than four points. Aloha finished third Saturday.

In other finals, Newberg won the Class 6A Small division for the third-straight year, while Thurston defended its Coed title and Springfield won the Class 5A Small division after finishing second a year ago. Klamath Union repeated as Class 4A champion, and Pleasant Hill won the Class 3A title, having not competed last year.



Thurston, Springfield corner titles at state

Only two champions repeat at the highly competitive state cheerleading finals
Feb. 9, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

After seven years of winning titles in the Coed Division, the Springfield cheerleading team moved to another division Saturday, but with the same result.

The Millers won the Class 5A Small Division with a stellar performance to highlight the OSAA Cheerleading state championships Satuday at Memorial Coliseum.

Springfield, though, was one of just two teams that won a title last year, one of the biggest title turnovers in the history of the event that has been operated since 1984. Sweet Home won the Class 4A Large title, and was technically the lone repeat champion from last year as Springfield won in another division.

From the seven divisions contested Saturday, three schools - Newberg, Cascade and Rainier - won a title for the first time, Aloha won a title for only the second time, and scored that win over Metro League rival Westview by less than two points.

Thurston ended three years of second-place finishes to Springfield by winning in the Coed final with a performance that scored the highest total of the day from judges.

1. Thurston, 74.20; 2. McMinnville, 64.58; 3. North Medford, 63.88; 4. North Salem, 60.08; 5. Willamette, 55.33; 6. Canby, 54.18; 7. South Albany, 53.58; 8. Cottage Grove, 53.20; 9. Wilsonville, 52.80; 10. Cleveland, 50.55; 11. Eagle Point, 44.28.

1. Newberg, 70.75; 2. Tualatin, 66.03; 3. Oregon City, 64.38; 4. Lakeridge, 61.83; 5. South Salem, 61.78; 6. Gresham, 61.28; 7. Sheldon, 60.70; 8. Jesuit, 59.78; 9. Grant, 58.85; 10. Grants Pass, 58.80; 11. Lake Oswego, 55.80; 12. South Medford, 54.85; 13. Glencoe, 54.58.

1. Aloha, 72.90; 2. Westview, 71.45; 3. Sunset, 67.73; 4. Clackamas, 65.78; 5. David Douglas, 61.85; 6. West Linn, 61.13; 7. Sherwood, 58.90; 8. Barlow, 57.05; 9. Centennial, 55.28; 10. Reynolds, 53.65; 11. Marist, 51.60; 12. Roseburg, 50.43.

1. Springfield, 69.55; 2. Crescent Valley, 67.15; 3. Wilson, 65.50; 4. West Albany, 57.73; 5. Hood River Valley, 56.75; 6. Lebanon, 56.68; 7. Milwaukie, 54.60; 8. North Eugene, 54.58; 9. Putnam, 54.25; 10. Silverton, 49.90; 11. Dallas, 45.78; 12. Summit, 45.48.

1. Sweet Home, 66.75; 2. Klamath Union, 60.58; 3. South Umpqua, 56.25; 4. Taft, 49.00; 5. Hidden Valley, 48.85; 6. La Salle Prep, 48.28; 7. Brookings-Harbor, 47.40.

1. Cascade, 62.75; 2. North Marion, 55.35; 3. North Bend, 55.08; 4. Estacada, 54.85; 5. Sutherlin, 53.50; 6. Henley, 51.28; 7. Yamhill-Carlton, 50.90; 8. Junction City, 49.10.

1. Rainier, 57.65; 2. Clatskanie, 53.20; 3. Creswell, 52.10; 4. Pleasant Hill, 51.25; 5. Willamina, 50.58; 6. Canyonville Christian, 48.78; 7. Neah-Kah-Nie, 41.00.


Another big day for state cheer teams

One last weekend for preparation before the state championships, Feb. 9
Feb. 2, 2013

A pair of large events, one in Salem and one in Tualatin, highlight the final competitive day for high school cheerleading before the state championships Feb. 9.

Schools from across the state will be competing in seven divisions, some at the Salem State Fairgrounds, and others at Tualatin High School.

This weekend follows more than 20 varsity teams competing at Jesuit High last weekend.

Among the winners last week were Westview, a favorite to win the Class 6A/5A large division, and Wilson, which won the state title at 5A small last year.

Wilson plans to compete at Tualatin.

The Salem competition features Springfield, which won its seventh-straight coed title last year, but is competing in the 5A small division this year, as is West Albany, which won the 5A small division the previous three years before moving to 6A/5A large last year, where it finished fourth.


No surprises as state looms for Cheerleading

Westview, Wilson are among the winners at Jesuit's Crusader Challenge
Jan. 26, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

With just two weeks left before the state championships, Westview showed off it's still the team to beat Saturday by winning the large division at the Sixth Annual Crusader Challenge at Jesuit High Saturday.

Westview, which won the Class 6A small division state title a year ago, won the 6A/5A large division Saturday, while Wlson won the Class 5A small division and North Marion won at Class 4A.

Clatskanie, second at state a year ago, won the Class 3A division.

The two surprises were Gresham winning the Class 6A small division, and South Albany winning the Coed division. Gresham placed seventh in the 6A/5A Large final last year, while South Albany did not compete at state.

Westview has won a state title or finished second in each of the last eight years.

The final results played out as the state finals did a year ago, in part because the field was just half the size as a year earlier when the host school was able to secure a spring-cushioned floor.





Springfield keeps win streak alive and well

The Millers edge rival Thurston at cheerleading state finals
Feb. 11, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

Springfield overcame a strong performance from rival Thurston to win a state title for the eighth-straight year Saturday at the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires state cheerleading championships.

Thurston finished ahead of Springfield in the coed division scoring, but had a one-point penalty from its routine and that boosted the Millers ahead by just .55 points, 70.25 to 69.70.

Tualatin and Westview both won titles for the second-straight year, switching their divisions from last year. Tualatin, the Class 6A Small division champion in 2011, won the 6A/5A Large division, while Westview, the large division champion last year, won the 6A Small division title by just 0.7 points over Newberg, which finished second for the third consecutive year.

The Timberwolves edged Clackamas by just 0.72 points, making the event one of the most competitive championships since scoring was added to OSAA results in 2001.

In other finals, Wilson won at Class 5A Small, while Sweet Home won at Class 4A Large. North Marion won at Class 4A Small for the sixth-straight year.

North Douglas won the Class 3A title for the second time in three years.



Division changes make for new champions

Westview moves down, while West Albany moves up in size
Feb. 7, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

When the state’s top cheerleading teams take the floor at the Memorial Coliseum Saturday, the line-up of top teams will look significantly different from a year ago as many have switched divisions.

Westview, which has won five of the last seven titles in Class 6A Large, will compete in the 6A Small division, while West Albany, which has won the past three titles at 5A Small, is moving up to the 6A/5A Large group, where it’ll tangle with Tualatin, the 6A Small champion last year.

Wilson, which made a run at the 6A/5A Large division title last year - finishing second to Westview - is returning to the small division, where it’s won titles in three of the past four years and now won’t have to face West Albany.

And Pleasant Hill, which won a title the past four years, is sitting the meet out entirely.

The staple of the competition, though, will continue to be Springfield, which is looking to run its string of Coed division titles to seven straight.

“We look at how many girls we’ve got every year to make our determination of which division we fit into,” Westview coach Melissa Hoekert said this week. “We like to be in the large division, but we had a large class of seniors graduate last year and we just felt we fit better in the small division this year.”

Hoekert said after Westview’s tryouts, there were 14 girls who fit on the varsity team with 13 or more being the dividing line for the large division. There had planned on competing in the  large division until two weeks ago.

“We’ve competed in the small division before,” she said. “The big differences are the stunts you can perform and how big you can make your pyramids.”

The Class 6A Small division is likely to be among the most competitive of the finals with 14 schools involved, including four that finished in the top 3 of their finals last year.

“It’s a good change of pace for us,” Westview senior Allie Butler said. “There’s really good competition in that division.

Oregon City, which finished third in the large division, also moved to the small division, where it’ll be looking for its first title or even runner-up spot.

Newberg, which placed second the past two years in the small division, is also looking for its first title.

Lakeridge, which finished third in the small division, also returns.

Westview, Newberg and  Oregon City have all won competitions in the past month.

“We think we’ve got an outside shot at winning,” Oregon City Tara Mahoney said. “We have a pretty high degree of difficulty in our routine, so if we can get through it super clean, we’ll be in great shape.”

Mahoney works full-time as a tumbling, stunting and cheerleading coach through her company Thunder Elite, which took over coaching the Oregon City program two years ago. She said the sport is rapidly advancing as college programs offer more scholarships, thanks in part to Title IX requirements.

The University of Oregon recently created an acrobatics and tumbling  team in order to add baseball.

“The number of scholarships is definitely helping to make the sport more attractive,” she said.

While the 6A Small division appears highly competitive, the 6A/5A Large division has plenty of intrigue with defending champions lining up against one another. Tualatin tied for the top score in the meet last year at 72.50.

Brookings-Harbor and North Marion will be defending their titles in 4A Large and Small, respectively.

Title streaks highlight Cheerleading finals

Westview's back at top of state
By Cliff Pfenning,

Springfield’s sixth-straight title, title runs from three other schools and Westview’s return to the top of the state highlighted the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires cheerleading finals at Memorial Coliseum Saturday.

Springfield continued to dominate the coed division by scoring 72.5 points – tied for the highest score of the day, to edge cross-town rival Thurston by 3.25 points.

North Marion won the Class 4A small division for the fifth-straight year, Pleasant Hill won at Class 3A giving it a title in four straight years, and West Albany won at Class 5A small for the third straight year.

Springfield’s title was its 17th in the 28 years the cheerleading state finals have been held. The Millers have also finished second four times. At six straight, Springfield moved into second in title runs. The Dalles/The Dalles Wahtonka won 11 straight titles from 1998-2008.

Westview won the most coveted title, Class 6A/5A large, with a narrow win over Wilson, which won at Class 6A small year. Westview, which lost to Clackamas last year, scored 71.50 points to beat Wilson, 69.25, from among the 14-team field.

Tualatin won at Class 6A small and Brookings won at Class 4A small in other finals.

Results by Division

6A/5A Large:
1. Westview, 71.50; 2. Wilson, 69.25; 3. Oregon City, 63.50; 4. David Douglas, 60.50; 5. Sunset, 57.50; 6. Clackamas, 57.25; 7. Gresham, 53.25; 8. South Albany, 52.50; 9. Reynolds, 51.75; 10. Southridge, 50.25; 11. Sandy, 47.00; 12. Lebanon, 46.50; 13. Century, 33.75; 14. Grant, 31.00

6A Small:
1. Tualatin, 72.50; 2. Newberg, 65.75; 3. Lakeridge, 60.00; 4. Barlow, 58.50; 5. Jesuit, 56.50; 6. Lake Oswego, 54.00; 7. Aloha, 51.25; 8. South Eugene, 44.50.

1. Springfield, 72.50; 2. Thurston, 69.25; 3. McMinnville, 66.00; 4. North Salem, 56.25; 5. Crater, 53.00; 6. Eagle Point, 51.00; 7. South Medford, 50.00; 8. Canby, 49.50; 9. Sprague, 49.25; 10. Churchill, 49.00; 11. Dallas, 44.25; 12. Estacada, 43.75; 13. Central Catholic, 42.00; 14. Silverton, 40.75

5A Small:
1. West Albany, 68.50; 2. Crescent Valley, 58.50; 3. Sherwood, 52.00; 4. Willamette, 49.75; 5. Milwaukie, 48.25; 6. Summit, 47.00; 7. North Eugene, 44.00; 8. Cleveland, 43.75; 9. Ashland, 36.50.

4A Large:
1. Broookings-Harbor, 58.50; 2. Sweet Home, 55.75; 3. Klamath Union, 51.00; 4. Cottage Grove, 45.00; 5. Hidden Valley, 44.50; 6. Madras, 34.25.

4A Small:
1. North Marion, 62.75; 2. Cascade, 57.00; 3. North Bend, 55.00; 4. South Umpqua, 53.75; 5. La Salle Prep, 50.25; 6. Marshall, 42.50; 7. Siuslaw, 33.75.

1. Pleasant Hill, 57.25; 2. North Douglas, 44.00; 3. Creswell, 42.75; 4. Oakland, 42.25; 5. Umatilla, 41.75; 6. Dufur, 37.25; 7. Willamina, 35.25; 8. Neah-Kah-Nie, 31.00.

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