Oregon City — It all came together at the 2022 Cheerleading State Championships: The best cheer squads in Oregon put on their best display to a team of judges in an effort to be crowned a state champion and bring home a blue trophy. With 3A/2A/1A, 4A, 5A, 6A, and Co-Ed titles up for grabs, the competition was fierce, rivalries were reignited, and some teams just straight dominated the day.
Rainier Rules The Smallest Schools
When you can take a point penalty and still win by a wide margin, you know that you killed it! On Saturday, the Rainier Columbians did just that in Oregon City, earning the highest marks in every category by at least one point each, ultimately culminating in 97.90 score that finished as a 96.90 after a one-point penalty during the performance. Santiam Christian and Central Linn fought out for runner-up, with Santiam Christian’s tumbling and jumping ultimately prevailing them past the Cobras 89.30 to 88.60, despite Central Linn outscoring the Eagles in the other two categories. The Scio Loggers finished comfortably in the fourth-place spot with an 85.30 to Cascade Christian’s 77.60 score in fifth. For Rainier, it is their second state title in school history (2013) and their third Top 2 finish overall.
Gladstone Tops Sweet Home In Their Latest Rivalry Battle
The two most successful 4A programs went head-to-head in Oregon City, with the Gladstone Gladiators and Sweet Home Huskies competing in a fiery battle for the state title. When the dust settled, Gladstone emerged victorious with a score of 101.50 to Sweet Home’s 97.90, beating the Huskies in tumbling/jumps and with their overall routine execution. That four-point margin was the difference maker, as both squads blew the roof off Oregon City High School after their performances, making it a shame that one team had to lose the battle. For the Gladiators, it is their sixth state title in school history. The Ontario Tigers finished in a distant third with a 76.10 score, but firmly the best of 4A beyond the two elite programs.
Lebanon Is Crowned A First-Time Champion
Welcome to the big time Lebanon! The Warriors made school history with their first state championship, outdoing Ridgeview 100.80 to 97.30, securing the program’s status as a state champion and possibly starting a new tradition of success at Lebanon. The Ravens were able to outscore the Warriors in building and tumbling/jumps, but the Warriors huge 4.5-point margin in their routine execution ultimately prevailed them as a state champion. West Albany, South Albany, and Crater rounded out the Top 5 finishers with scores of 95.20, 92.50, and 91.80 on the day.
Newberg Destroys 6A, Win Their Seventh Title
Going into the state meet, the Newberg Tigers had built a strong resume of winning meets throughout the season. On Saturday, they put together a performance that blew away any competitors, putting up a blazing 111.40 to defeat David Douglas and their 104.30. It is the seventh title in school history for Newberg, continuing their pedigree of success in the cheerleading landscape. Despite falling runner-up, the Scots made themselves the next best without a doubt, outperforming the rest of 6A in every category to take second place by a near 12-point margin. Lakeridge edged West Linn and Aloha for third with their 92.60 to 92.30 and 90.90 respectively.
Westview Rolls Co-Ed, Hitting Double-Digit State Titles
In the final category of State 2022, the Westview Wildcats came in as the heavy favorite from the meet season and didn’t disappoint, throwing up a 107-point performance to win the Co-Ed title. It marks a special milestone for Westview, as they secured their tenth state title in school history and hit double-digits in the championship category. Tualatin finished in second with 99 points, while the big competition for third came down to three programs separated by two-tenths of a point: McMinnville, Redmond, and Roseburg. The Grizzlies would secure third with a 95.90, Redmond in fourth with a 95.80, and Roseburg fifth with 95.70.