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State readies for cheerleading finals

Westview's goal tops championship changes
By Cliff Pfenning

The beginning of the OSAA Winter schedule of state finals begins Saturday with the Cheerleading Championships, which annually provide some of the most suspenseful results in any state final.

But, one result will be unique in the line-up of teams involved as state power Westview goes after its first coed title. The Wildcats have won five titles in the past 10 years, and finishes second twice, but all have come in the Class 6A division. It's never competed in the coed division.

Fielding a line-up stocked with seniors, Westview will take on perrenial runners-up The Dalles, which has finished second three times in the past four years, including last year in the Coed Small division. 

The Coed Small division does not, though, include defending champion David Douglas, which is moving to the Class 6A division Westview won last year by the thinnest of margins - 0.4 points over Newberg and 0.5 points over Lake Oswego. Both Newberg and Lake Oswego return to 6A. That snapped a string of six straight championship seasons for the Tigers. 

Thurston returns to defend its title in the Coed Large division, while South Albany (5A), Newport (4A) and Santiam Christian (3A) also return.

One side note for the finals involves the Portland Interscholastic League in that it won't be involved. Wilson, Lincoln and even Cleveland have competed in past seasons, with Wilson winning a title most recently as 2014. But, this year none of the schools have registered for the finals.

2019 CHAMPIONS

6A - Westview

5A - South Albany

4A - Newport

3A - Santiam Christian

COED LARGE - Thurston

COED SMALL - David Douglas

 

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