Cheer champions crowned

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    The Kekaha Titans Junior Varsity Level 3, Small group goes through a routine during its 2.5-minute competition performance. The group earned awards for Highest Stunt, Highest Jump, and Highest Total Score, Sunday during the Kauai Pop Warner Football League island wide cheer competition at the Kauai High School gym.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Cheer teams, including the eight who earned eligibility to the National Pop Warner Cheer and Dance Championships, wait for the awards ceremony, Sunday during the KPWFL island cheer competition at the Kauai High School gym.

LIHUE — Eight of the 12 performances at the Kauai Pop Warner Football League island cheer competition Sunday earned eligibility to the National Pop Warner Cheer and Dance competition.

Performing to a capacity audience at the Kauai High School gym, the islandwide competition showcases the accomplishments of the Pop Warner Football cheer squads in age divisions that started with cheer camp in August.

The Kekaha Titans Junior Varsity, Level 3, small division girls finished with the share of wins, taking not only its category, but continuing to real the Highest Stunt Score at 14.83 points, the Highest Jump Score at 10 in difficulty, and 1.9 in execution, and securing the highest score of all participating teams at 90.62 points in the day.

According to volunteers with the Kekaha Pop Warner Association, the Kekaha Titans JV, Level 3 girls are going to Orlando, Florida to compete, and hopefully, bring home the hardware.

“We last went to Florida in 2017,” the volunteer said. “We did well, earning the national title in Junior Varsity 3, Medium. We took a break in 2018, so now, we’re ready to return to Florida, and hopefully come home with a win.”

Fundraising to get the Kekaha Titans’ cheer and PeeWee football team that earned its right to advance with the division championships two weeks ago, already started when the Titans hosted a car wash Saturday at Kukui Grove Center.

Other teams, including the Hanapepe Colts cheer, were busy at the Harvest Ag Festival.

The Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championships feature more than 500 of the nation’s top youth cheerleading and dance teams competing at the ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida from Dec. 7 through 14.

Results

• Mitey Mite Level PW1, Small Division: Kekaha Titans 79.73, Hanapepe Colts 7.75

• Jr PeeWee Level PW1, Small Division: Kekaha Titans 81.90

• Jr PeeWeeLevel PW2, Small Division: Hanapepe Colts 80.57, Kapaa Eagles 73.93

• PeeWee Level PW1, Small Division: Koloa Rams 62.97

• Junior Varsity, Level 2, Small: Hanapepe Colts 84.50

• Junior Varsity, Level 3, Small: Kekaha Titans 90.62

• Highest Stunt Score: Kekaha JV PW3, Small – 14.83

• Highest Jump Score: Kekaha JV PW3, Small – 10 difficulty, 1.9 execution

• Highest Choreography: Hanapepe Colts, JV PW2 Small – 9

• Highest Total Score: Kekaka JV PW3, Small – 90.62

• Spirit of Sport Award: Koloa Rams

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