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CEDAR CITY – The first of three regional competitions for the new sport of competitive cheerleading was held Saturday at Canyon View High School.

Although several Utah schools had previously competed in unsanctioned cheer competitions at the state, regional and even national levels, the sport was not officially sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association until the year current school.

Hundreds of fans filled the stands to watch the squads from more than two dozen high schools, most of them from the southern and central parts of the state.

Teams were categorized according to school size – 1A/2A and 3A/4A. The teams were also classified depending on whether they had trees or women’s only squads. Some smaller schools had a handful of athletes on their cheerleading teams, while others had more than two dozen participants.

Teams performed a variety of routines and were scored by a panel of judges. The performances included show routines, sideline or overtime cheers, fight songs and overtime dances.

In the 1A/2A tree category, Gunnison Valley emerged as the best overall team, winning two categories while placing second in one and third in another. South Sevier and Beaver also won one category each.

In the girls-only 1A/2A category, North Sevier won three categories and placed second in another. Parowan won one category and came in the top three in three others.

Then, in the girls-only 3A/4A category, Snow Canyon and Desert Hills swept the top two spots in all four categories, with the Warriors taking first in three and second in one, while the Thunder have announced three second and one first finishes. place.

In addition, Richfield and Dixie each landed two No. 3 spots, as outlined in the top three results listed below. In addition to the top three schools in each category, several other teams also qualified for state, as detailed on the results page posted on the UHSAA website.

Next Saturday, January 14, is the Central Region sectional competition in Lehi. Two 4A schools from Southern Utah, the coed squads from Grimson Cliffs and Hurricane, along with the 3A Canyon View girls team, are scheduled to compete. The North Region will compete on January 21 at Ben Lomond High School.

The state contests for schools 1A-4A are scheduled for Jan. 25 at Utah Valley University in Orem. Larger 5A/6A schools will compete for the state title at the same venue two days later, on January 27.

UHSAA South Region Competitive Fun

1A/2A sideline/school/combat trees

1A/2A sideline/school/fight for girls only

3A/4A sideline/school/wrestling girls only

1A/2A side dance/tree break

1A/2A side dance/all girls break

3A/4A side dance/all girls break

1A/2A side fun trees/time out

1A/2A fun to the side all girls/time out

3A/4A side fun/all girls break

A capacity crowd watches cheerleaders perform at the South Region competition at Canyon View High School, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 7, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Cheerleaders perform at the South Region competition at Canyon View High School, Cedar City, Utah, January 7, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Sign welcomes attendees to the South Region cheerleading competition at Canyon View High School, Cedar City, Utah, January 7, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Cheerleaders perform at the South Region competition at Canyon View High School, Cedar City, Utah, January 7, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Cheerleaders perform at the South Region competition at Canyon View High School, Cedar City, Utah, January 7, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Cheerleaders perform at the South Region competition at Canyon View High School, Cedar City, Utah, January 7, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Cheerleaders perform at the South Region competition at Canyon View High School, Cedar City, Utah, January 7, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

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  • Cheerleaders perform at the South Region competition at Canyon View High School, Cedar City, Utah, January 7, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News
  • Cheerleaders perform at the South Region competition at Canyon View High School, Cedar City, Utah, January 7, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News
  • A capacity crowd watches cheerleaders perform at the South Region competition at Canyon View High School, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 7, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News
  • Cheerleaders perform at the South Region competition at Canyon View High School, Cedar City, Utah, January 7, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News
  • Sign welcomes attendees to the South Region cheerleading competition at Canyon View High School, Cedar City, Utah, January 7, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News
  • Cheerleaders perform at the South Region competition at Canyon View High School, Cedar City, Utah, January 7, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News
  • Cheerleaders perform at the South Region competition at Canyon View High School, Cedar City, Utah, January 7, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

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Snow Canyon cheerleaders watch other squads perform in the South Region competition at Canyon View High School, Cedar City, Utah, Jan. 7, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Cheerleaders perform at the South Region competition at Canyon View High School, Cedar City, Utah, January 7, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

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Jeff Richards, a native of Salt Lake City with family roots in Panguitch, lived in Moab for 20 years before joining St. George News in 2017. Jeff is a longtime journalist and high school teacher. He and his wife Penny are the parents of five daughters. They also have three young sons. Jeff and his family enjoy swimming, camping, sightseeing, reading and photography.

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