oregon cheerleading

Westview continues cheer celebration run

South Albany, Santiam Christian also repeat on busy day
By Cliff Pfenning

Westview's team captains brought out their arsenal of personal hardware Saturday upon celebrating the team's fourth-straight state title at Memorial Coliseum.

Only, this one was a bit different in that it came in a coed division.

With the addition of junior Ashton White, the Wildcats moved to coed for the first time from the Class 6A division they'd won seven times since 2007 - including the past three.

By performing a near flawless routine, Westview easily won the Coed Small Division as a highlight of the day's results.

Also repeating as champion were South Albany at Class 5A and Santiam Christian at Class 3A. South Albany won for the fifth consecutive year, while Santiam Christian won its second title.

In other divisions, Gladstone won its second Class 4A title in four years, Newberg returned to the title ranks at Class 6A, and Tualatin tied Westview for the highest score on the day to easily win the Coed Large Division.

Moving to the Coed Small Division got Westview out of the most fierce division annually, something that repeated on Saturday as the top two teams were within 0.5 points of each other. Last year, Westview by less than a point over two other teams.

The 6A division again featured the scarcest margin of victory, as Newberg, which placed second to Westview at 6A last year edged David Douglas by 0.3 points. The result was unique in that David Douglas moved from Coed Small this year after winning that division last year.

As close as Westview's win was, Santiam Christian won by even less of a margin - beating Delphian by 0.1 points, and Rainier by 0.8 points. Rainier had the title won, but was assessed a 4-point penalty.


COED LARGE - Tualatin

COED SMALL - Westview

CLASS 6A - Newberg

CLASS 5A - South Albany

CLASS 4A - Gladstone

CLASS 3A - Santiam Christian


Newberg keeps Cheer streak alive

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

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.


Cheer teams gear up

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

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.




McMinnville finally steps up

Grizzlies win first cheerleading state title
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND – McMinnville officially joined the ranks of the state's elite cheerleading programs Saturday by winning it's first state title in the annual OSAA championship at Memorial Coliseum.

The Grizzlies upset four-time defending champion Thurston to win the Coed Large division, setting off a massive celebration amongst the teams athletes and coaches.

In the all-day competition, Newberg won it's fifth consecutive title, edging David Douglas for the Coed Small title, while Westview returned to the ranks of title winners in the 6A division after a five-year layoff.

South Albany defended its title at 5A, Gladstone won at 4A after finishing second last year and Delphian of Sheridan defended its title in the 3A division.

McMinnville's program has been on the cusp of a title for years, finishing second in 2009, '13 and last year. But, the win this year was somewhat out of the blue as the team had finished second in competitions five times in January to three different teams: Centennial, Lebanon and Thurston. Saturday, the Grizzlies performed near flawlessly, and edged the Colts 181.40 to 178.20 in overall judging. Lebanon finished third, and Centennial placed fifth behind Hidden Valley.

The title was the first in an OSAA sport or activity since the girls swim team won in 2004.

Westview won five title in six years through 2012, but crosstown rival Aloha won three of the next four years at 6A. Saturday, Westview edged Aloha 190.50-180.90.

Newberg won the past four years in the 6A Small division, but moved to the Coed Small division this year after adding a male teammate, who girls on the team had been urging to join for three years, they said. Moving to that division put the Tigers up against David Douglas, which won the division last year, and had won at 6A Large in 2015.

Although David Douglas had a strong performance, scoring 200.70, Newberg hit the day's top score at 210.90. South Albany had the second highest score at 204.40, winning by 21 points over The Dalles.

South Albany had the day's top score for its overall routine, edging David Douglas in that category 59-58.

Gladstone's win at 4A reversed last year's top finishers as the Gladiators beat defending champion Sweet Home by just 0.20 points: 175.80-175.60. Henley placed third at 172.20.

Delphian's performance, scoring 170.30, would have put it in the top five in the next highest divisions despite having only one senior on its roster.



CAPTAINS: Eva Drazkowski, Jr., Maxine Anderson, Jr.

Agatha Sanchis, Sr., Andrea Prado, Jr., Cat Veliz, Jr., Chiara Gentile, Jr., Fernanda Careaga, Jr., Ivy Ramos, Jr., McKenna Anderson, Jr., Alba Arguello, Soph., Claudia Prado, Soph., Daniella Porras, Soph., J'aena Arellano-Desirey, Soph., Lou Ella Taufer, Soph., Pruette Karl, Soph., Siena Schofield, Soph., Emer Dayton, Fr., Jolie Ramos, Fr., Lexi Lorenzini, Fr., Quinn Bennett, Fr. Alt: Haleigh Simington, Fr.

COACH: Kelly Olivares.


CAPTAIN: Salina Scharbrough, Sr.

Hannah Meyer, Sr., Kylee Schassen, Sr., Taylar Schassen, Sr., Adrianna Hauge, Jr., Kiley Vasquez, Jr., Madison Mogil, Jr., Makaila Kribs, Jr., Aly Rice, Soph., Aaliya Feinberg, Fr., Alma Leal, Fr., Evie Garber, Fr., Kalia Ortiz, Fr., Leah Marchello, Fr., Malia Chan, Fr.

COACH: Angie Schassen.


CAPTAIN: Maranda McCormick, Sr.

Daniel Salewski, Sr., Haley Schoenthal, Sr., Jordan Burgess, Sr., Julian Lemus, Sr., MaKinzee Duddles, Sr., Malayna McCormick, Sr., Merica Zoch, Sr., Nancy Macias, Sr., Rochelle Schoenthal, Sr., Roho Rosales, Sr., Valeria Solan, Sr., Eliza Payne, Jr., Maddie Farley, Jr., Mariana Flores, Jr., Sandra Marin, Jr., Abby Brown, Soph., Danyell Duffey, Fr., Kristina Fornof, Fr., Lexi Esperanza, Fr. Alt: Jessie Bevan, Jr., Mady Chesnik, Jr.

COACH: Tracy Brandt.


CAPTAINS: Breanne Craig, Sr., Emma Dummer, Sr., Kalia Thornton, Sr., Kylie Ragust, Sr.

Adam Merkle, Sr., Kaitlyn Russo, Sr., Sierra Bates, Sr., Darien Payne, Soph., Jade Spensley, Soph., Katie Raugust, Soph., Natalie Nelson, Soph., Raechel Thomson, Soph.,

Sophie Odam, Soph., Theresa Lundgren, Fr. Alt: Yazmin Jones, Soph., Olivia Brodeur, Fr.

COACH: Lisa Berg.


CAPTAINS: Courtney Legore, Sr., Jade Verdugo, Sr., Paige Sadowsky, Sr., Sam Huff, Sr., Addy Marks, Jr.

Emma Bartley, Sr., Keya Guyette, Jr., Sam Dittmer, Jr., Jenna Levit, Soph., Macayla Rodarte, Soph., Serra Seyler, Soph., Alyssa Marstall, Fr., Grace Sitton, Fr., Sabrina Luckenbach, Fr., Summer Ohling, Fr. Alt: Yeimi Lopez Leon, Sr.

COACH: Courtney Schamp.


Deanna Garzillo, Sr., Emily Brant, Sr., Emma Short, Sr., Rina Easterday, Sr., Tessa Thalmann, Sr., Tori Bloodworth, Sr., Caelan Stein, Jr., Danielle Shook, Jr., Jacki Sanchez, Jr., Kaila Gallion, Jr., Kaileen Wolfe, Jr., Kendall Beranek, Jr., Sam Casani, Jr., Anna Squitieri, Soph., Amanda LeFore, Fr., Annika Brewer, Fr., Harley Hicks, Fr., Maria Prestidge, Fr., Olivia Beranek, Fr. Alt: Mia Capetillo, Fr.

COACH: Melissa Hoekert.





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.


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