Cheer squads from both Enumclaw and White River high schools will roll south down I-5 this weekend for the state championships.
Both programs qualified for the Feb. 2-3 competition, put on by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. The state gathering will bring together cheer squads from throughout Washington, from schools of all sizes. The tournament will take place at Battle Ground High School.
To earn a berth at state, a team must achieve a qualifying score (at least 65 on a scale that reaches 100) during sanctioned events. Enumclaw, which is no stranger to state competition, hit the qualifying mark during their season’s first contest in Bothell. The team went on to compete in Gig Harbor, at Skyline High and at Tahoma High.
White River had a tougher road, earning their state berth during the January 20 Last Chance Qualifier at Tahoma. They had earlier competed in Gig Harbor, in Olympia and at Auburn Mountainview High.
During the coming weekend, the EHS cheer squad will show their expertise twice: they will be featured in Friday evening’s “tumbling” and Saturday’s “Game Day” routines.
White River will take center stage Saturday afternoon in the “Game Day” category.
Here are the lineups for each of the Plateau high schools.
The squad is coached by Alexandra Senatore who is in her first year leading the program. She is assisted by Sarah Earley. Senatore moved into the top job after serving as an assistant to longtime EHS coach Kim Westerberg.
Members of the team are Julia Carter, Riley Bradshaw, Abby Cole, Marin Lawson, Aislinn Binder, Emma Clayton, Laney Johnson, Mylee Bonthuis, Sammy Santana, Leila Scharf, Presley Barnes, Kena Baird, Mickey Hogan, Santi Boush and Sophia Medina.
The squad is headed by Sheridan Aubert.
She leads a team of Autumn Johnston, Ava Byrnes, Bryn McNally, Brooke Lawrence, Chloe Britschgi, Emily Shank, Kamdyn Sweetser, Kaylee Schneider,