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St. Helens High marchers encounter tough competition

Band places fourth of eight in class, 11th of 15 in finals at Southridge


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - St. Helens band director Noelle Freshner St. Helens High School’s marching band found itself outmatched Saturday, Oct. 5, at Hillsboro Stadium for the Southridge Spectacle of Sound competition.

The event, hosted by Southridge High School in Beaverton, featured performances from more than a dozen bands from Oregon and Washington high schools.

The Class A competition, for bands with 68 or fewer members, included eight bands. Among them, St. Helens High was in the middle of the pack, placing fourth.

In the finals round, though, which saw 15 bands from across classes compete in one competition, St. Helens High came in 11th place.

The finals were won by Evergreen High School from Vancouver, Wash., with Central Valley High School from Spokane Valley, Wash., and Grants Pass High School placing a close second and third, respectively.

Beaverton High School won the Class A preliminary round, with judges rating the band’s performance slightly above that of the Sprague High School band from Salem.

St. Helens High placed first of two bands in Class A at Sprague’s Pacific Coast Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28.

It again topped the band it outperformed in Salem, from Hillsboro High School, in both the Class A prelims and the all-schools finals Saturday at the Southridge competition.