Bears take second place at state championships

The Baldwin High School cheerleading team competes during the state championships Saturday at Neal Blaisdell Arena. -- KYLE SAKAMOTO photo

The Baldwin High School cheerleading team placed second in the medium division at the Zippy’s Cheerleading State Championships on Saturday at the Neal Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu.

The Bears, who won their third straight Maui Interscholastic League title last month, finished with 507.5 points, just 5.75 behind defending champion Sacred Hearts.

“We’re super happy with what they did. They couldn’t have left anything else out there on the floor,” Baldwin coach Kealii Molina said. “We try to do that every time, come out to the state championships, hit our routine and do the best we can do and leave it up to the judges.”

Baldwin has had strong showings at state in recent years, having finished third last year and second in 2016 while competing in the large division.

“They’re a super close group of kids,” Molina said. “A lot of them have worked together since they were 9 years old. They’re still together on the team.”

Baldwin High School cheerleading team -- KYLE SAKAMOTO photo

MIL runner-up Lahainaluna also celebrated a high finish Saturday, taking fourth place in the medium division with 477.25 points.

Moanalua won the large division title for its sixth state title.