Cheer squad first in 5A competition

Sweet Home’s competition cheer squad continued its winning ways with its third straight championship Saturday, at the Northwest Cheer Challenge at the Oregon State Fairgrounds, hosted by McKay High School.

“This week was a big win for us,” said Coach Crystal Kimball.

She said the Huskies asked to be moved into the 5A/6A division after they realized there was no 4A division, and they had been grouped with “a lot of 2A and 3A schools.” Twenty schools participated, including six in the 5A/6A division.

Sweet Home finished with the second-highest score of the day, just two points behind Springfield, a co-ed team that has won consecutive state championships, Kimball said.

“Their coach has been coaching there for, like, 25 years,” she said. “For us to rank up there with them was just a great victory for us.”

“The girls are amazing,” she said. “I am so proud. No matter what happens at state they are already winners. They have worked so hard this year and stayed committed to each other and the team, I really couldn’t ask for more.”

The Huskies will take this weekend off, as some of the seniors will be taking their SAT tests. They will be back in action Feb. 3 at Tualatin for the “Last Chance” competition before state on Feb. 10.