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Pioneer Athletic Conference adds competitive cheer as winter sport

The Pioneer Athletic Conference announced Thursday that the league had approved the addition of competitive cheer to one of its recognized sports, starting with the 2019-20 school year.

The decision was unanimously approved at the league’s meeting Wednesday. By recognizing competitive cheer as a sport, athletes who participate can be recognized as conference champions and receive all-league honors.

Competitive cheer will be a winter sport for the PAC along with boys and girls basketball, wrestling and boys and girls swimming.

The PIAA currently has four classifications for its Competitive Spirit Championships: medium, small, large and coed. Small is a maxium of 15 squad members, medium is between 16-20 members, large is 21 or more members and coed teams have at least one male on the squad. The PAC will recognize divisional champions for all four divisions as well as an overall champion.

Norristown (small), Upper Perkiomen (small), Boyertown (medium), Methacton (medium), Pope John Paul II (medium), Upper Merion (large) and Phoenixville (coed) all had teams compete at the District 1 championships this past year.

Phoenixville, Upper Merion and Methacton, which won District 1’s medium division, qualified for the PIAA Championships from Jan. 11 and 12. Methacton placed seventh in the medium division.

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