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Hip hip hooray for local cheerleaders

All Pacer cheer teams, including a new group for kids, place in state competition; Laker cheerleaders also put in strong performance

Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge Youth Cheer member Bella Knouf, a fourth-grader, goes through a cheer routine.Not only did the Lakeridge High varsity, junior varsity and junior high cheer teams place at recent state championship events, but a new team for elementary school students also did the Pacer program proud.

Lakeridge High varsity cheer earned its highest award since 1995 when it snagged second place in the 6A small division during the 2015 OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Cheerleading State Championships last weekend. Lake Oswego High varsity cheer also did well, placing eighth out of 17 teams at the competition.

Lakeridge’s junior varsity earned first in the JV small division, while the Lakeridge junior high cheer team took home third in the Junior Rec large division. In addition, the new Pacer team for elementary school students, Lakeridge Youth Cheer, earned first place in the Youth Rec division.

“We had a very exciting weekend,” said Christine Cooper, who heads the Pacer cheer program.

Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Emmi Johnson is lifted by Bella Knouf (left), Anika Freeman (back), Clarissa  Snaadt (right) and Trinidad Marin-Quiros during a Lakeridge Youth Cheer practice.LOHS does not have a junior varsity team and the junior high team’s results were not available at press time, but head varsity coach Terrie Sheik also had good things to say about the weekend.

“We are very proud of the team and appreciate all the hard work they put in all season, even through the challenges, injuries and adversities,” Sheik said. “Lake Oswego High School is proud to be a school that competes alongside such talented and athletic schools in the 6A small division. The energy and athleticism from all the teams that participated is quite impressive.”

That talent extends all the way down to the tiny tumblers of the Lakeridge Youth Cheer team, which started last June. The team is for third- to fifth-graders from Westridge, Hallinan and River Grove elementary schools.

Karie Jett says her daughter, Avery, has grown through being a part of Lakeridge Youth Cheer.

“She can be really shy, and ... it helps her come out of her shell a little bit,” Jett said.Photo Credit: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Fifth-grader Avery Jett learns a new routine.

Avery, a Westridge fifth-grader, says she loves the gymnastics involved in cheer and the “really good coaches” who lead the team. Coaches include Cooper, her assistant coaches and six high school mentors.

“I’ve learned that if I put my mind to it, and I stick to it, I can do a lot of things,” Avery said.

Catlin Gabel fifth-grader Sofia Corso, who lives in the Westridge neighborhood, and Westridge fifth-grader Clarissa Snaadt also enjoy the tumbling and the friendly coaches.

“It’s a fun way to exercise,” Sofia said.

If you want to reach your potential in a sport, Clarissa said, “it’s good to have people that are really good at it, because they’re able to give (guidance) that is really able to make a difference.”

By Jillian Daley
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