Radford High School won the Americheer National Championship at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., last weekend in the small coed varsity division.
Radford captures national
The Rams competed against eight other varsity squads and scored 430.5 points in the final, beating Barren County High School of Kentucky by nearly 50 points.
Radford, under head coach Bo Frank, scored more points than any other team in all eight varsity divisions at the competition.
Rams team members are Tamara Allen, Brittiany Broadwater, Sarah Covell, Kimberly Cass, Charity Cawley, Marichu Gano, De'Mario Jordan, Lawrence Lucius, Christina Medina, Charlie Okada, Jordan Riley, Porsha Salinas, Kristina Salisbury, Monika Tacoronte, Jason Thompson, Paul Wickern, manager Jackie Wilson, assistant coaches Thomas Luna and Jackie Bolton and advisor Terri Cass.
"The cheerleaders really felt a sense of pride using the song 'Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride' from the movie 'Lilo and Stitch,' " Frank said. "It gave them the mana and motivation to execute a difficult routine cleanly."
At another competition last weekend, Mililani High School placed fourth out of 17 teams in the medium varsity division at the National Cheerleading Association's West Coast Classic. The Trojans are coached by Alexandra Obra.
The Damien junior varsity team, coached by Wendy Kahoaka, finished first out of 11 teams.
Radford is the second varsity team to win a national title this year. State champion Kamehameha, coached by Dolly Wong, won the Universal Cheerleading Association small varsity division in February.
Warriors victorious in California swingThe Hawaii men's tennis team eked out a 4-3 victory against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo yesterday.
The Warriors captured the doubles point with top-seeded Justin Menolascino and Malino Oda and the No. 2 team of Jarrod Diepraam and Ryan Sceats claiming victories. The doubles point was pivotal as the Warriors and Mustangs split in singles competition.
Sceats, Oda and Francisco Brignole all picked up wins in the singles matches. Sceats and Oda, who are the top two players in the order, swept their opponents while No. 5 Brignole needed three sets to get past Adrian Mardyks.
Yesterday's match was the fourth straight win for the Warriors (10-8). Hawaii defeated Westmont College 8-1 and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 6-1 over the weekend.
Hawaii plays UC Santa Barbara today before participating in the UC Irvine Anteater Classic on Thursday.