Conquerors crowned at state championships | Prep Cheerleading

Kentwood High
Kentwood High's cheer squads celebrate two titles at the Washington state cheer championships Jan. 26 at Hec Ed Pavilion on the University of Washington campus.
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All the hours in the gym paid off for Kentwood’s cheerleaders at the Washington State Cheerleading Championships where both that Silver and Black squads took home gold.

“With all of the adversity that we have overcome we feel that the team did amazing,” wrote Kentwood head cheer coach Kim Kawachi in an email interview. “We had a couple of things we noticed as coaches that need to be fixed going into nationals but overall were very pleased with the composure and overall skill excellence of the boys and girls.”

Kentwood’s cheer squads competed Jan. 26 in the state championships at Alaska Airlines arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

The Silver squad, a co-ed, tumbling team, won with 265 points, beating out second place Enumclaw, which scored 232 points.

The Black squad competed in the Non-tumbling 4A division where it earned 251 points, ahead of Graham Kapowsin with 231 points.

The victories are the 12th consecutive state wins for Kentwood. In 2012 the Conks brought home two titles from state.

Other notable finishes from the area included the squad from Tahoma High that placed third in the Large 3A/4A division and the team from Kentlake that finished sixth in the Non-tumbling 4A division.

Next up for the Conquerors’ cheer squads is a trip to the National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 9-10.


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