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Teams qualify for state cheer competition

Eleven cheerleading squads qualified for the PIAA State Cheerleading Competition after competing in the District XI Cheerleading Competition on Saturday at Easton Middle School.

Bethlehem Catholic took the top spot in Class 2A Large Division with 74.47 points, well ahead of Lehighton.

In the Class 3A Large Division, Nazareth placed first with 85.42 points, Northampton came in second with 79.47 points, and Emmaus was third with 70.95 points.

The Class 2A Small Division was won by Pen Argyl with 48.73 points and competed unopposed.

Pleasant Valley was champion in the Class 3A Small Division, followed by Pocono Mountain East with 78.17 points, Stroudsburg with 76.20 points, and Parkland with 75.53 points. Freedom just missed qualifying for states by five points.

In the Coed Division, East Stroudsburg South took top honors with 77.12 points, and Pocono Mountain West came in second with 73.57 points.

The PIAA State Competition is scheduled for Jan. 28 and 29 at the Giant Arena in Hershey.

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