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West Linn Lions Cheerleaders take sixth in state

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: KELLY MOONEY - The Lions routine included choreographed combinations of stunts, gymnastics and cheer routines.One does not have to travel to Sochi to see backflips, twists and gravity-defying moves in competition. Last weekend, the West Linn Lions cheerleading squad pulled out some of their best high-flying stunts to secure a sixth-place finish at the 2014 OSAA Cheerleading State Championships at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.

The Lions competed in the 6A large division, which is the largest division in the state of Oregon. Competitive cheerleading combines choreographed combinations of stunts, gymnastics and cheer routines to demonstrate a team’s athletic and synchronized movement skills. 

The Lions finished less than two points away from securing a top-five finish trophy.

“I’m really proud of how far our team came this year,” said head coach Nikki Stroup. “The girls really saved their best for last. This was by far their best performance all season.”

West Linn’s cheerleading squad will lose only six athletes to graduation this year, putting them in prime standing to compete next year at the highest level.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: KELLY MOONEY - West Linn cheerleaders competed at state championships last weekend. Pictured are (front) Hannah Lenz, (second row from left) Sivan Weitz, Bridget Weitman, (third row) Megan Moore, Emily Steele and  Sophia Eaton.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: KELLY MOONEY - Shown are (center top) Lauren Wiest, (two supporting girls from left) Madison Preim and Ashley Jones.

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