Lake Oswego and Lakeridge cheerleading teams soared Saturday at the OSAA Cheerleading State Championships at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, with the Lakers finishing in second place and the Pacers taking home third.
LOHS also earned two special team awards — the Leslie Maley Creative Choreography Award and, for the second year in a row, the Kim Hunter "Positivity" Award for sportsmanship and character. The Kim Hunter award is only given to one team in each year's competition.
"It is difficult to put into words how inspiring the Laker Cheer team is this year," said varsity coach Terrie Sheik. "They strive academically and continue to be positive role models and ambassadors for Lake Oswego High School. This year, the culture is very selfless, supportive, caring and enthusiastic."
Lottie Bauer, the Lakers' senior captain, said she was pleased with the results of the competition.
"Second place was wonderful to receive," Bauer said. "We as a team are very proud of it, and we know that award was judged on a matter of points. The Kim Hunter award was us being judged on our team's character and who we are. I couldn't be more proud."
Lakeridge senior captain Jessica McIver said the Pacers were proud of their effort, too.
"It means the world that we got third in state," McIver said. "I love my team so much, and I'm so proud of how hard we've worked to bring the win back for our school and community."
Lakeridge varsity cheer coach Christine Cooper said the team has worked hard to overcome obstacles throughout the year.
"They showed that working together as a team to overcome those hardships is worth the work," said Cooper. "After working on this routine since August and competing with it since December, the girls had their best performance of the year on Saturday."
Westview High of Beaverton scored 194.5 to win the 6A championship — the fifth time since 2009 that the team has won a state title. LOHS followed with 181.40, while Lakeridge notched a score of 176.40. Liberty High School took fourth; Clackamas High School was fifth.
South Albany won the 5A competition, Henley the 4A and Central Linn the small school-title. Tualatin High School was the champion in the coed large school competition, while Newberg High School was the champion in the coed small school competition.
— The Review