As usual, Oregon's high school cheerleaders know how to put on a great performance
The 2016 Oregon State Cheerleading Championships was everything that a cheerleading competition should be complete with beautiful cheerleaders, big hair bows, plenty of spunky attitudes and amazing, if not-somewhat death-defying stunts.
Held Saturday, Feb. 13, at Portlands Veterans Memorial Coliseum, each of the high schools gave it their all and then some as every athlete knew this was biggest event of the season. As they danced, leaped, tumbled and flew in the air, it was clear that cheerleading is much more than looking pretty and singing the schools fight song.
Earning top honors this year as state champions were: Aloha High School – 6A Large Group Champion; Newberg High School – 6A Small Group Champion; Thurston High School – Coed Large Group Champion; David Douglas High School – Coed Small Group Champion; South Albany High School – 5A Small Group Champion; Sweet Home High School – 4A Large Group Champion; 4A Small Group Champion – Klamath Union; 3A/2A/1A Champion – Delphian High School.
For the cheer teams, the state championships marked the end of a long, competitive cheer season that started with the first home football game.
And for those who think cheer is not a sport, just attend one of these competitions and youll quickly understand how wrong you are. The athletic skills of all the cheerleaders were on full display with some amazing tumbling runs, stunts and human pyramids being executed.
For those of the faint of heart, seeing cheerleaders being tossed high up in the air definitely added some drama to the overall competition. Just ask the parents of each cheer teams flyer - the cheerleader who has the guts to risk her life to be thrown high-up in the air or stacked at the top of the human pyramid. This years state championship had its share of falls and injuries which are just par-for-the-course when it comes to competing in one of the most injury-prone sports.
Still, this years state cheer championships definitely gave every cheer team something to hold their head high about even if they didnt take home a trophy. Performing in front of gym or stadium full of fans, or in this case – the Memorial Coliseum, takes a lot of guts, maturity and confidence that many high school students may not possess – yet.
Here is the list of top Oregon high school cheer teams and how they placed in each of their performance divisions:
Champion – Aloha – 186.30
2nd Place - Tualatin – 183.80
3rd Place – Westview – 183.70
4th Place – Jesuit – 172.10
5th Place – Barlow – 171.30
Champion – Newberg – 196.50
2nd Place – Wilson – 175.20
3rd Place – Lake Oswego – 175.00
4th Place – Lakeridge – 171.00
5th Place – Sherwood – 165.60
Champion – David Douglas – 179.20
2nd Place – Sunset – 172.80
3rd Place – North Medford – 171.60
4th Place – Wilsonville – 170.10
5th Place – Clackamas – 166.00
Champion – Thurston – 197.40
2nd Place – McMinnville – 174.40
3rd Place – Beaverton – 173.10
4th Place – Centennial – 168.80
Champion – South Albany – 185.30
2nd Place – The Dalles – 174.30
3rd Place – Churchill – 173.50
4th Place – Lebanon – 171.40
5th Place – Liberty – 156.80
Champion – Sweet Home – 182.40
2nd Place – Gladstone – 175.40
3rd Place – North Bend – 161.50
Champion – Klamath Union – 174.10
2nd Place – South Umpqua – 161.30
3rd Place – North Marion – 153.20
4th Place – Baker – 151.40
5th Place – Scappoose – 141.90
Champion – Delphian – 160.70
2nd Place – Vernonia– 155.90
3rd Place – Pleasant Hill – 150.70
4th Place – Coquille – 148.40
5th Place – Harrisburg – 148.00