South Albany High School brought home its third consecutive 5A state cheerleading trophy on Saturday, defeating nine other teams at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Central Linn High School also won the championship in the 3A/2A/1A division, the first such win for the team, now in its second year of competing.
Alyssa Marstall and Jenna Levit of South Albany also made the 5A all-state team as part of the 2018 OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Cheerleading State Championships in Portland.
The 14-member South Albany team, coached by Courtney Schamp, performed to a '90s hip-hop theme: "It Takes Three to Make Us Outta Sight."
This was a particularly tough competition year, Schramp said. The team is young — nine sophomores and just two seniors — and struggled with injuries this year. Plus, expectations were high because of past successes, and the rest of the 5A division has plenty of talent.
"The kids really worked together to make it happen. We had a few different struggles this season, but the girls preserved through it all," Schamp said. "Three was most definitely our hardest to accomplish."
She has high hopes for next year, however. "This is probably the most talented team I've competed."
Central Linn juniors Maddy Chapman and her twin, Makenna Chapman, also made the all-state team. A Central Linn stunt group made up of Jordyn Meadors, Kyleigh Ross, Jade Jacks, Jade Smith and Mataya Nida placed second for all state.
Megan Day, Central Linn's coach, brought 17 team members to state and 15 competed. Their theme was, "Unforgettable," and strong teamwork made the difference, she said.
"The girls came together as more than just a team," she said. "They came together as a family and figured out how to support each other on and off the mat."
In other mid-valley tournament results, Sweet Home placed fifth of 11 teams in the 4A division. West Albany High School placed third for coed small teams, and Lebanon High School placed third for coed large teams.