Riverside cheer squad in Boardman crowned 1A/2A/3A state champs

BOARDMAN - After a 10-year absence from competing in the OSAA/US Bank State Cheerleading Competition, the Riverside High School cheer squad came back with a bang and was named the 1A/2A/3A Division State Champion on Saturday in Portland.

The 16-member Riverside team, co-coached by Cheryl Costello and Lisa Pratt, competed against 12 other teams from around the state to bring home the Pirates' first ever state championship in cheerleading.  Riverside hasn't sent a team to the state championships for around 10 years.  Several team members are first-time cheerleaders.