Union High girls take state cheerleading title

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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Union High School captured the state cheerleading championship Saturday in Seattle.

"This is one of the most committed teams I've had," said Union Cheerleading Coach Tiffany Webb. "I have a really strong leadership with six seniors. It's probably the strongest work ethic (team) I've ever had."

Webb said the all-girl team practices 12 to 15 hours a week.

The team has 15 members and 12 competed, winning 234 of a possible 300 points in the Small 4A Division.

In competition, team members must perform jumps, stunting, tumbling, dancing and crowd-leading, Webb said. The performance lasts 2.5 minutes.

The competition was at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Webb noted the Union team also was the state champion in its division in 2011.

Of this year's team, she said, "A lot of my girls are four-year members … and their dedication paid off."

Other local teams that competed at the state level were Prairie High School (seventh in their division); Hockinson High School (fourth in division); Battle Ground High School (fifth in division); Columbia River High School (third in division); Mountain View High School (fifth in division); and Evergreen High School (third in division).