The Moanalua Menehunes Photo Courtesy: Anuhea Keene
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Talk about saving the best for last.
The Radford Rams clinched the medium division title, and the Moanalua Menehunes took the large division title at the Zippy's Hawaii High School Athletic Association Cheerleading State Championships at the Neal Blaisdell Center Arena on Saturday.
It was a nail-biting session for the Lady Rams and for their new Coach Ridge Frank, after two-time medium division champion Kamehameha-Maui put on a near perfect performance. Radford was the last competitor and came out strong and never looked back.
"I was getting text messages after the Kamehameha team performed. So I told the team, your energy has to go through the roof and your routine -- flawless! That was the best warm-up ever," Frank said.
The judges took a long time conferring the scores between the two teams because it was so close. In the end, the Lady Rams edged out Kamehameha-Maui by a quarter of a point, 336.50 to 336.25 to claim their 11th state title in the school's history. The Radford has claimed six straight medium division titles from 2005-2010 before capturing the last four large division titles.
In the large division, Na Menehune of Moanalua High was crowned large division winners with a score of 343.75. Coming in second was the Mililani High School Trojans with 335.0 points. This is Moanalua's fourth state title overall and the first in the large division since 2002. Last weekend, they captured the OIA Championships title.