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2019 Les Schwab Bowl Featuring Oregon's Top Football Players & Cheerleaders

Les Schwab Bowl History

"The Battle for Statewide Bragging Rights"

2019 Les Schwab Bowl players shake hands before the game.

Started in 1948 and originally called the Shrine Game, the annual Les Schwab Bowl features the top graduating football players and cheerleaders from around the state of Oregon. Played in virtually every major stadium around the state from the old Multnomah Stadium, to Reser Stadium in Corvallis, the Les Schwab Bowl in recent years has found a home at Hillsboro Stadium. This year's game was the 72nd meeting between the North and South teams. Amazingly, the all-time series is tied 34-34 with 4 ties.

Friday Morning Practice & Choreography

Traditionally, the Friday before the annual Les Schwab Bowl is an opportunity for the selected cheerleaders to meet one another, make new friends and begin working on skills and choreography for the next day's game.

The morning starts off with a quick all team meeting full of introductions, expectations and an agenda of the weekend's events.
Next up, the cheerleaders break up into North and South teams and begin putting together stunt groups. These will be used in both the halftime routine and on the sideline of the Les Schwab Bowl.
"This might be the kindest and most appreciative group of Les Schwab Bowl cheerleaders I have ever worked with" -Coach Lisa Berg
Before the cheerleaders head out to lunch, they start creating the framework for their joint halftime performance. Within no time, the two minute routine begins taking shape, leaving the hardworking group excited to put the finishing touches on after a much needed lunch break.

Special thanks to Styleshock All Star Cheerleading & Dance for providing a practice space for the annual Les Schwab Bowl

Did you know that StyleShock All Stars offers Birthday, Tumbling, Bounce House and Nerf Blaster parties?

Afternoon Practice & Choreography

The North & South cheerleaders have just over eight hours to learn their halftime routine. Within that time, they essentially create a mini "comp" style routine that has elite group stunts, partner stunting, tumbling, jumps and dancing.

While it can be challenging to create instant stunting chemistry in only a 48 hour period, the work ethic, and advance skill set each team member brings to the Les Schwab Bowl helps accelerate the jelling of the stunt groups.
One of the best things about the annual Les Schwab Bowl is the volume of talent that is assembled every year. This year's group was no exception as athlete after athlete showcased their individual skills throughout the afternoon.
As the day comes to a close, an exhausted group of athletes put the finishing touches to what should be another spectacular halftime performance.

Check out these additional pics from friday's choreography practice

Saturday Morning Practice

After a much needed nights rest, the North and South teams are back at it Saturday morning. This time they are on the field at Hillsboro Stadium where they will work through any spacing and timing issues and do a run through using the venue's sound system.

After a short team meeting and motivational pep talk by the coaches to start the morning, the North & South teams are ready to take the field.
One of the first orders of business is to make sure the spacing will work once the routine is adjusted to account for the greater performance area on the football field.
What starts out as a cool morning on the turf quickly begins to heat up; placing greater value on every rep to make sure the cheerleaders aren't too exhausted before the 6pm kickoff time. Luckily, with efficient coaching and a focused group of athletes, the teams are able wrap up the morning session in near record time.

CHECK OUT THESE ADDITIONAL PICS FROM Saturday's Field PRACTICE

Game Time: 1st Half

After just thirty-six hours of preparation, it was time for the 72nd annual Les Schwab Bowl. It became evident pretty early on that a spirited crowd was ready to see Oregon's very best both on the field and on the sideline.

Before heading to their respective sidelines, the North and South team snap a few pics with their coaches.
After an explosive first quarter that saw the South leading 20-8, the North and South teams meet up to give the crowd a sneak peek at the pyramid sequence they will be performing during halftime.
A big second quarter saw the North close the gap to 20-15 but while the football players headed in for intermission the real show was about to begin.

2019 halftime performance

Click the link below to see the joint halftime performance by both the North and South cheerleading teams.

Game Time: 2nd Half

With the halftime show officially in the rearview mirror, it was time for both squads to take a breath and truly enjoy the moment. Now that there was only one half left to play the previously "nervous energy" shifted to a more relaxed mindset with an emphasis of just having fun.

With their team still trailing 33-22 at the end of the 3rd quarter, the North cheerleaders made it a point to keep the chants coming.
Both the South Football players and cheerleaders stayed the course and by the end of game they would find themselves on the winning end of tight 33-28 contest.
It is an event that celebrates stars from across the state and every year the coaches are asked to select two individuals that particularly stand out. This year, the North's Nathan Nañez of The Dalles and the South's Hollee Schulz of Thurston would go on to receive the fourth annual Les Schwab Bowl Cheerleaders of the Game.

CHECK OUT THESE ADDITIONAL PICS FROM the 72nd Les Schwab Bowl

Post Game: A Lifetime of Memories

As the final buzzer sounded on another successful Les Schwab Bowl, it became evident that a lifetime of memories had been created in less than 48 hours. For a group of athletes who individually were the best on their own teams, they were able to collectively become one of the most talented ensembles ever assembled for a Les Schwab Bowl.

While the Les Schwab Bowl is geared towards graduating seniors, at times talented juniors are invited to participate. Known as the "Clackamas Twins,"Kathryn and Madison brought a killer work ethic and elite tumbling skills to the 2019 event; showing they will be two of the states biggest star's during the 2020 season.
While parent-child combos are not uncommon at the Les Schwab and Shrine Bowls, it is a rare occurrence that the coach-athlete tandem comes in sibling form. Coach Courtney Marstall and Alyssa Marstall of South Albany, represented not only the RedHawks but the family name on the South sideline this year.
For some team members, the 2019 Les Schwab Bowl presented the opportunity to finally cheer with cross-state friends and acquaintances for the first time ever.
While for others, like the quartet of Newberg cheerleaders, the Les Schwab Bowl presented the opportunity to cheer one final time with high school friends and teammates before moving on to college, the military or the work force.

SPECIAL THANKS TO Dehen Cheer FOR PROVIDING jerseys and Poms FOR THE 2019 LES SCHWAB BOWL participants

Did you know that Dehen Cheer provides amazing quality cheerleading uniforms and apparel. For over 90 years they have been family owned and operate their manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon.

Credits:

James Underwood (OCCA Social Media Coordinator) 

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