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Outlaws shine in cheer and sound competition

Seven Outlaw Cheer and Stunt Team members competed in the OCCA All-State individuals competition on Saturday, November 9. Two out of the seven were selected for the All-State team including seniors AriAnne Griffy and Victoria Shelswell-White.

Griffy, in her fourth year of Outlaw Cheer, placed ninth in the individuals for the 4A division. Shelswell-White, in her second year of Outlaw Cheer, was state champion of the 4A division, winning a $1,000 scholarship for her second year in a row.

McKenna Brinkman, a sophomore in her second year of Outlaw Cheer, placed 12th in the competition and Claire Landon, a junior in her first year of Outlaw Cheer, placed thirteenth. Junior Rachelle Dale, sophomore MacKenzie Shelswell-White and freshman Taylor Robertson also had strong performances at the competition at Thurston High School.

Sisters High School’s Cheer and Stunt squad routinely ranks high in tumbling, dance, and cheer; this year was no exception.

The All-State competition consists of both a running tumbling pass and standing tumbling, followed by a jump sequence, a compulsory cheer and a compulsory dance.

Approximately 30 girls competed in the 4A division, all doing the same routine, with only tumbling and jumps varying.

The Outlaw Cheer and Stunt Team is well-known for their tumbling skills, as well as being sharp in all areas of competition. All-State was the competition that kicked off the girls’ highly anticipated competition season. The girls are working on new elite-level skills they will be using to defeat their biggest competitors such as Newport and Sweet Home, whom they are fighting for state and national titles.

The girls are excited for the upcoming season. Their next competition is on Saturday, December 14, in Sweet Home.


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