The Millers edge rival Thurston at cheerleading state finals
Feb. 11, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com
Springfield overcame a strong performance from rival Thurston to win a state title for the eighth-straight year Saturday at the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires state cheerleading championships.
Thurston finished ahead of Springfield in the coed division scoring, but had a one-point penalty from its routine and that boosted the Millers ahead by just .55 points, 70.25 to 69.70.
Tualatin and Westview both won titles for the second-straight year, switching their divisions from last year. Tualatin, the Class 6A Small division champion in 2011, won the 6A/5A Large division, while Westview, the large division champion last year, won the 6A Small division title by just 0.7 points over Newberg, which finished second for the third consecutive year.
The Timberwolves edged Clackamas by just 0.72 points, making the event one of the most competitive championships since scoring was added to OSAA results in 2001.
In other finals, Wilson won at Class 5A Small, while Sweet Home won at Class 4A Large. North Marion won at Class 4A Small for the sixth-straight year.
North Douglas won the Class 3A title for the second time in three years.