OVAC Cheerleading: St. Clairsville Wins 6th Straight

WHEELING – The 22nd Annual OVAC Cheering Championships were held Saturday at WesBanco Arena and St. Clairsville made it a six-pack, as it earned a sixth straight title in Class 4A.

After a tight race last season and a routine that had some major deductions, the Red Devils received no deductions as they outscored Weir to move to a second hand for counting championships.

St. Clairsville still has a long way to go before it challenges Wheeling Park and Wheeling Central, as both schools boast an 11-year run at the top of their respective divisions.

“You are always worried during the competition and awards ceremony no matter how many championships you win,” St. Clairsville cheerleading coach Shawn Tomlan said. “There is more pressure as a defending champion, but that is where we want to be.”

Bishop Donahue successfully defended its Class 1A crown, where Madonna placed second and Paden City took third.

Linsly, which won the 2A title last year, moved up to 3A, leaving a very determined Toronto squad to claim the 2A title Saturday.

Wheeling Central was second and Bridgeport celebrated a third place trophy.

Class 3A feature a seven-team field and the trophy was successfully defended by Tyler Consolidated. Linsly finished second, Magnolia third and Bellaire took home the fourth-place honors.

After the break, St. Clairsville faced some tough competition as Weir placed second and Union Local stepped up to third in 4A. Martins Ferry finish in fourth place in the division.

Brooke was defending its title in 5A, but Wheeling Park got back into winning form, overcoming some deductions in its routine to take home the OVAC title this year – the 16th in school history.

When it was announced that the Red Devils had won, they jumped up to celebrate.

“The squad had been dedicated all year,” Tomlan said. “It is always tough coming back as the defending champions, but this year they knew we had some mistakes last year, and they really worked hard to put together a solid routine.

“Like all of the competition squads here we have been battling injuries, the weather and the flu. These girls have continued to work extremely hard for me, they are great girls, I can honestly say I love them all and all the credit goes to them for winning the title.”

In addition to the main competition, the four winning Junior OVAC squads also had an opportunity to take to the new hardwood and perform during the competition, Small middle school winner Shadyside Middle School, Medium Middle school winner Follansbee, Large Middle school winner Sherrard Middle School and Junior Varsity winner Parkersburg South JV.