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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


State readies for cheerleading finals

Westview's goal tops championship changes
By Cliff Pfenning

The beginning of the OSAA Winter schedule of state finals begins Saturday with the Cheerleading Championships, which annually provide some of the most suspenseful results in any state final.

But, one result will be unique in the line-up of teams involved as state power Westview goes after its first coed title. The Wildcats have won five titles in the past 10 years, and finishes second twice, but all have come in the Class 6A division. It's never competed in the coed division.

Fielding a line-up stocked with seniors, Westview will take on perrenial runners-up The Dalles, which has finished second three times in the past four years, including last year in the Coed Small division. 

The Coed Small division does not, though, include defending champion David Douglas, which is moving to the Class 6A division Westview won last year by the thinnest of margins - 0.4 points over Newberg and 0.5 points over Lake Oswego. Both Newberg and Lake Oswego return to 6A. That snapped a string of six straight championship seasons for the Tigers. 

Thurston returns to defend its title in the Coed Large division, while South Albany (5A), Newport (4A) and Santiam Christian (3A) also return.

One side note for the finals involves the Portland Interscholastic League in that it won't be involved. Wilson, Lincoln and even Cleveland have competed in past seasons, with Wilson winning a title most recently as 2014. But, this year none of the schools have registered for the finals.


6A - Westview

5A - South Albany

4A - Newport

3A - Santiam Christian

COED LARGE - Thurston

COED SMALL - David Douglas


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