Sunset paces three Class 6A teams in Dance/Drill action

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSH KULLA, NICOLE THILL - The Beaverton area's best dance teams proved they were among the state's best, too, stepping up in the OSAA State Dance/Drill competition at Veterans Memorial Coliseum March 17 through Saturday. Among them were Sunset's third-place finishers.They leapt.

They twirled.

They pranced in perfect unison.

They were fierce, and they were stunningly beautiful.

“They” were the state’s best Dance/Drill teams, and in this case, the state’s best included the teams from Sunset, Southridge, Westview and Valley Catholic.

And they got after it — big-time — during the annual OSAA State Dance/Drill Competition from March 17 through Saturday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

In Class 6A preliminary round action on March 17, Sunset was third overall with 83 points (trailing only Barlow’s 84.94 and Gresham’s 84.72), followed by Southridge in fourth at 82.44 and Westview in ninth with 80.78 among the 25 teams in the field.

Those results meant that all three Beaverton-area teams advanced to the 13-team Saturday final. There, the top three held firm, with Gresham piling up 86.56 points to win its third consecutive state title, followed closely by Barlow in second with 85.22 and Sunset in third at 85.11.

Southridge’s team finished fifth overall with 83.17 points, while Westview’s squad held its own, too, ending up ninth overall at 80.11 points.

Class 4A/3A/2A/1A

In Friday’s Class 4A/3A/2A/1A preliminary round, Valley Catholic led the 13-team field with 88.56 points, followed by Stayton (87.89) and Crook County (83.17) in second and third.

Valley Catholic’s team, Charisma, kept the heat on in Saturday’s seven-team final, too, eventually winning the state championship with a total of 91.44 points. Stayton placed second with 90.83 points and Crook County finished third at 84.11.

Valley Catholic’s win marked its sixth state crown in the last seven years and its second straight at the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A level.

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