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Athletic skills of local cheerleaders were on full display with some amazing tumbling, runs, stunts and human pyramids being executed at last weekend’s 2016 Oregon cheerleading championships.

PHOTO BY JONATHAN SANCHEZ - Gladstone High School cheerleading athletes did Clackamas County proud with a second-place finish at the state championship last weekend.Gladstone High School brought back to Clackamas County a second-place trophy, due largely to its team’s skills in tumbling and jumping. Although the athletes from Gladstone place second in their overall routine, judges considered their tumbling/jumps best among all the teams in the 4A large category.

PHOTO BY BRIAN MONIHAN - Clackamas High School's cheerleading team, competing in the coed category, impresses judge at the state championship last weekend.Clackamas and Milwaukie high school did the North Clackamas area proud with fifth- and sixth-place finishes respectively, and CHS did especially well in its team’s pyramid building skills. Oregon City High School’s team placed ninth.

Held Saturday, Feb. 13, at Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum, each of the high schools gave it their all and then some, as every athlete knew this was biggest event of the season.

PHOTO BY BRIAN MONIHAN - Milwaukie High School cheerleaders show their skills in raising up an athlete above their heads in the category for small 5A teams.PHOTO BY JONATHAN SANCHEZ - Gladstone High School cheerleaders are especially good at tumbling and jumping, as judges for the championships rating these skills highest among any large team from a 4A school in the state.

Brian Monihan contributed to this report.

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