In about 24 hours, the 2022 OSAA Cheerleading State Championships are due to take place up at Oregon City. With state titles to be handed out in 3A/2A/1A, 4A, 5A, 6A, and coed categories, there is plenty to look forward to as we close in on the biggest competition of the season. Here is a preview and breakdown of each classification, giving on idea of who is primed to take the blue trophies in Oregon City.
The performance order was released the first week of February, giving us an exact knowledge of the teams in contention for the state championship on the 12th. In the small school arena, the squads participating are Delphian, Yamhill-Carlton, Santiam Christian, Cascade Christian, Rainier, Scio, Central Linn, and Sheridan.
It was difficult to find times with multiple contenders in the 3A/2A/1A class at different meets, which is understandable given the number of teams is fewer than the larger classes and the current pandemic restrictions. Out of the ones with multiple contenders: Scio, Santiam Christian, and Rainier came home with titles in the 3A/2A/1A traditional categories. Central Linn finished runner-up to Rainier and Santiam Christian at two different meets, while Scio defeated Santiam Christian straight up at the Laker Rumble and beat Rainier at the West Linn Lion Challenge.
All in all, this class is wide open to who will take the state championship on Saturday, with Scio currently leaning as the favorites over Rainier and Santiam Christian since they defeated them head-to-head in competition this season. Going into the state championships, I like Scio winning their first title in school history.
In the 4A arena, the squads participating are Gladstone, Ontario, Molalla, Cottage Grove, and Sweet Home, making it the smallest group of contenders at the state meet on Saturday. Most meets this season didn’t even include 4A teams or only one at the most, making it scarce to find anything to go on with the contenders.
Out of the meets with multiple contenders, Sweet Home defeated Molalla at the Gladstone Cheer Challenge, while Gladstone also defeated Molalla at the Tualatin Last Chance meet last weekend. Nothing is really known about Ontario and Cottage Grove, placing them as major wild cards entering the state meet on Saturday and putting 4A in a position where there is no clear favorite.
For the 5A title, there’s a loaded field with Crescent Valley, Springfield, Hillsboro, Wilsonville, Crater, Pendleton, Ridgeview, Putnam, South Albany, Corvallis, Dallas, The Dalles/Dufur, West Albany, Lebanon, and North Bend.
Plenty of credentials are in this group of contenders from the season so far: West Albany, The Dalles, Lebanon, Hillsboro, North Bend, South Albany, Crater, and Ridgeview all have titles this season from meets. Crater, South Albany, and Ridgeview stand out among the group with straight wins over other meet champions this season, providing plenty of speculation on who will come home the 5A champion. Something else noteworthy: Crater defeated Ridgeview straight up and were named Grand Champions at the Orange and Black Cheer Challenge in Gladstone. I like South Albany and Crater as the favorites in Oregon City, two great squads with much to be optimistic for.
Time for the big class with the largest group of teams, Class 6A! In the 2022 edition, we have a loaded field with Forest Grove, Sunset, Aloha, David Douglas, Lake Oswego, Glencoe, West Linn, Centennial, Nelson, Clackamas, Newberg, Oregon City, Sherwood, Lakeridge, Mountainside, Ida B. Wells, and Liberty.
Out of available results from the season: West Linn, Newberg, Aloha, and Lakeridge have picked up meet titles this season. Aloha and Newberg both have multiple titles against other meet champions, with Newberg defeating Aloha at the Laker Rumble and again at the Lion Cheer Challenge in late January. The clear favorite right now looks like Newberg based on their track record this meet season, but anything can happen at the state championships, so we’ll all have to wait and see how it goes down!
The final category is Co-Ed, featuring Roseburg, Thurston, Philomath, North Salem, McMinnville, Marshfield, Redmond, Siuslaw, Milwaukie, North Eugene, North Medford, South Salem, Westview, Southridge, Hood River, South Medford, and Tualatin, making it the second largest category in the event.
Out of the available results: South Medford, Philomath, Westview, Tualatin, Westview, and McMinnville have won meet titles in the category. Westview stands out from the champions, defeating both McMinnville and Tualatin in competition this season. Westview is the favorite based upon data and results, with McMinnville and Tualatin looking like the next two along with Philomath being in the mix.
Just for the fun of it, here are my thoughts on who will win each class in Oregon City…
Class 3A/2A/1A: Scio
Class 4A: Gladstone
Class 5A: Crater
Class 6A: Newberg