Enumclaw cheer squad shines in state competition, moves to Nationals

The Enumclaw High School cheer team.

Members of the Enumclaw High cheer squad will be winging their way to Southern California this week to compete in the United Sports Association national championships.

The EHS squad, under the director of coach Kim Westerberg, will compete Saturday at the Anaheim Convention Center. If they make the grade during Saturday’s semifinals, they will advance to Sunday competition.

The berth in nationals was based on a video submission. Enumclaw High was the only school from Washington selected for this year’s USA nationals.Earning a slot in the Anaheim competition caps a most successful season for the coed squad from Enumclaw High.

The team had its best finish ever during the late-January state competition on the University of Washington campus. At state, all schools compete in a single field, with no distinction for size. In a field of 57 teams, Enumclaw placed fourth overall, trailing only a trio of larger, Class 4A schools.“In any other sport, we’d be state champions,” Westerberg said.

Westerberg is the reigning state Coach of the Year, chosen by members of the Washington State Cheer Coaches Association.