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5 Cheer squads earn trip to Pop Warner National Championships

KAPA‘A — The Bernice Hundley Gym was packed to capacity when five Kaua‘i Pop Warner Football League cheer squads earned qualifying scores for the National Pop Warner Cheer and Dance Competition during the KPWFL Islandwide Cheer Competition on Oct. 20.

“KPWFL had a very successful competition with a packed-to-capacity house,” said Roseanna Jerves, the KPWFL cheer coordinator. “All teams that placed first and second have earned the berth to compete in Orlando, Florida, at the Pop Warner National Championships that are hosted by Universal Studios Orlando.”

The Hanapepe Colts Varsity Small Level 2 squad topped that division competition on a score of 83.38 points issued by the judging panel comprised of judges from the All Attitude Athletics program, and the Aloha Cheer Academy. Both programs are based on O‘ahu.

The Kekaha Titans Junior Varsity squad topped that division competition on an 87.40 score, more than three points better than the Kapa‘a Eagles Junior Varsity team, who finished with 84 points. Both teams earn qualifying berths to Florida.

Competition was keener in the Tiny Mites division where the Hanapepe Colts picked up its second eligibility by taking first place in the class competition on 84.08 points. The Kekaha Titans Tiny Mites also earned its second eligibility with a score of 82.83 points, just 0.63 point better than the Lihu‘e Raiders, who finished in third place.

This year’s competition was the first time KPWFL returned to an in-person competition after being restricted to COVID-19 adapted rules that governed the competitive audience numbers and the methods of presentation.

With the qualifications in hand, each of the qualifying teams now decide if they are able to do sufficient fundraising efforts to be able to afford the trip to Florida.

Cheer squads returned to field performances at the tackle football and cheer games that continue at various playing sites through Nov. 13.

This week’s KPWFL contests are scheduled to take place at Vidinha Stadium with the Lihu‘e Raiders association hosting six football games starting at 7:30 a.m.
Source: The Garden Island

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