North Bend's cheer team continued a trend of recent success, placing third at the state championships in Portland on Saturday.
North Bend competed in the Class 4A small division, in which teams could have up to 12 members. North Bend had just six cheerleaders, but that group, including juniors Shaelee Iparraguirre, Rylee Stringfield and Tori Shelton; sophomores Anahi Ayala and Lexi Laird; and freshman Raegan Spence, performed well.
North Marion won the division with a score of 62.88 points, followed by Cascade with 61.33 and North Bend with 57.35.
North Bend now has placed in the top three four straight years.
Other state champions Saturday were Westview (Class 6A small), Tualatin (Class 6A-5A large), Springfield (coed), Wilson (Class 5A small), Sweet Home (Class 4A large) and North Douglas (Class 3A-2A-1A).
North Bend had the highest score among the five teams in its division for tumbling and jumps, and the second best score, behind North Marion, for building skills (stunts).
North Bend's tumbling scores were the best of any team in either Class 4A division, and the best of any of the 33 schools in the entire morning session except for Wilson, a Class 5A .
During the awards presentation, Iparraguirre was recognized for placing second in individual skills at the all-state competition last fall, while the stunt group of Spence, Stringfield, Shelton, Alessandra Hossley and Lexi O'Neal also was recognized for placing second.