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Steven Browning/For The Logan Banner The Logan High School cheerleading team performs its routine during the state cheer competition on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Charleston.

For many years the Charleston Civic Center played host to the WVSSAC's state cheerleading competition.

But that will be changing.

The state competition will be moving to Huntington this year, according to a WVSSAC press released issued on Tuesday.

This year's event is scheduled to be held on December 14 at Marshall University.

All of the WVSSAC's state championship venues are put out for bids every four years and Huntington was the top bidder this year, WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolan said.

"We sincerely thank John Robertson and his staff at the Charleston Civic Center for their many years of support and assistance with the event," Dolan said in a written statement. "We also appreciate all of the support we received from the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau. All of our state championship venues are put out for bid every four years, and Marshall University was the successful bidder this year. We are excited about this new partnership and look forward to working with Marshall University and the city of Huntington as we begin planning for the 2019 championships."

Marshall Athletics Director Mike Hamrick said he's proud to bring the state competition to Huntington and Marshall University.

"We're excited to have the West Virginia High School Cheerleading Championships come to Huntington," Hamrick said. "The ability to get so many young people onto our campus, with the possibility that they could one day be students here, is a big win for Marshall University and the city of Huntington. Getting this event for the next four years at Marshall makes a statement about the direction of our university. I want to thank mayor Steve Williams and CVB Board President Tyson Compton for their support in helping us secure this event and making this venture successful in the future."

Tyson Compton, the President of the Cabell-Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau said he's also happy to bring the competition to the Tri-State.

"We are thrilled to have been chosen, in partnership with Marshall University, to host the state cheerleading championships in Huntington," Compton said. "We worked closely with Mike Hamrick and his team at MU and thank WVSSAC for allowing us the opportunity to participate in this stellar event. We are anxious to welcome these young athletes and visitors to our city. The CVB, Marshall University and the City of Huntington stand ready to ensure our guests have a great experience in Huntington and feel welcome and wanted during their time here."

The state cheer competition has seen much success for local schools, especially in recent years.

This past December, Tug Valley captured the Class A state championship, its second in a row. Logan was third in Class AA, while Man took fifth in the nine-team Double-A field.

Man has made it to the state competition in seven out of the last eight years, winning two state runner-up titles in 2013 and 2014 and a Single-A state championship in 2015. Man was fifth two years ago at state as well.

Logan was the 2017 Class AA state runner-ups and won Class AAA state championships in 2013 and 2009. Logan has state runner-up finishes in 2012, 2011, 1994 and 1990.

Regional winners and runner-ups in each of the three classifications qualify for the state tournament each year.

Teams compete in a technical cheer routine as well as an open routine to determine the overall champion.

Wheeling Park (AAA) and Winfield (AA) of the Cardinal Conference were also crowned state champions last year alongside Tug Valley's Single-A state title.

Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. Follow him on Twitter at @PAdkinsBanner or email him at padkins@hdmediallc.com.

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