Battle Ground hosts WIAA state cheer Saturday

Host school and five other teams from Clark County qualified to compete

BATTLE GROUND — More than 60 schools and more than 80 performances will make for a loud, fun, chaotic environment Saturday at Battle Ground High School.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is holding the state cheerleading championships in Clark County.

Union is one of six area teams that will compete this weekend at the WIAA state cheerleading championships. The Titans are the defending state champion in the Class 4A small category. Photo courtesy of Union Cheer Boosters
Union is one of six area teams that will compete this weekend at the WIAA state cheerleading championships. The Titans are the defending state champion in the Class 4A small category. Photo courtesy of Union Cheer Boosters

“There is a high degree of support for each team from all the teams. It’s a real strong bond between all kids who participate, and the coaches,” said Mike Colbrese, the executive director of the WIAA. “Because of that, it’s high energy, a lot of support for what everyone is doing. It’s a real fun event.”

It is special to host it, as well, according to Matt Stanfill, the athletic director at Battle Ground.

“First of all, it’s a great honor,” he said. “An amazing thing for our community.”

Colbrese said Battle Ground was selected to host this year for its facilities and “welcoming attitude” of the community and the school’s administration.

The championships begin at noon, with the first performance scheduled for 12:05 p.m.

Battle Ground is one of six area squads that will participate in the WIAA state cheerleading championships this weekend at Battle Ground High School. Photo courtesy of Battle Ground Tigers cheerleading.
Battle Ground is one of six area squads that will participate in the WIAA state cheerleading championships this weekend at Battle Ground High School. Photo courtesy of Battle Ground Tigers cheerleading.

Don’t blink, or you might miss your team.

A new performance will begin every five minutes per hour. That will be followed by a 10-minute break and another hour’s worth of performances, in five-minute windows.

Six squads from Clark County will compete.

“The cherry on top for us is that Battle Ground High School actually qualified,” Stanfill said. “They’re going to be able to compete at their own gym, which is exciting.”

Cheerleaders will compete in several categories and in several classifications. Union is the defending state champion in the Class 4A small category.

Local teams include:

  • Heritage, in the “game day large” at 12:35 p.m.
  • Evergreen, in the non-tumbling co-ed, at 3:40 p.m.
  • Mountain View, in non-tumbling co-ed, at 4:20 p.m.
  • Woodland, in non-tumbling medium, at 4:55 p.m.
  • Union, in small at 6:50 p.m.
  • Battle Ground, in co-ed, at 7:35 p.m.

There will be an exhibition by the University of Washington and Washington State University cheer squads at 5:45 p.m.

The march of teams and awards ceremony will be soon after the final performance, scheduled for 8:35 p.m.

With so many competitors and their families, expect traffic congestion around the high school as teams and supporters come and go throughout the day. Stanfill said he knows some fans who will be staying in Vancouver and will take a rideshare to the school.

The school was picked for its facilities, Stanfill said, which includes three gyms, allowing space for a warm-up area away from the main staging area.

Stanfill said he wanted to thank all the help Battle Ground will be getting this weekend, including local police, vendors, ASB students, ROTC students, and other volunteers.

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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