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Young Lahainaluna squad wins MIL cheerleading title

The Lahainaluna High School cheerleading squad performs its routine at the MIL championships Saturday at the Lunas’ gym. The Maui News / ROBERT COLLIAS photo

LAHAINA — The Lahainaluna High School cheerleading team won the Maui Interscholastic League title for the first time on Saturday in their on-campus gym.

The Lunas have no seniors on the roster, but still edged MIL cheer power Baldwin, 292.5 points to 286, for the title. Baldwin won the large-team division state title in 2019, the last time the event was held.

Both teams qualified for the Hawaii High School Athletic Association state meet on Dec. 18 at the Blaisdell Center on Oahu.

“I’m very excited for them, this is our first MIL cheerleading title ever, ever, since it first started,” Lunas head coach Mary Ann Corpuz said. “They put in a lot of hard work and dedication and they did their thing. That’s what I’m totally proud of.

“No seniors, so hopefully the future is bright. We were missing a lot of veterans, so I hope they come out next year.”

The Lunas celebrate after being announced the winner Saturday. The Maui News / ROBERT COLLIAS photo

The Lunas team comprises Michelle Arzaga, Christine-Kimberly Chung, Samara Cook, Harry Flores, Hanna Hongo, Yelani Jacob, Keonani-Faye Kahaleauki, Tatum Perreira-Aquino and Kayla Marie Salmon.

The team is made up of one freshman, two sophomores and six juniors.

The assistant coaches are Marilyn Valencia, Stacey Vinoray and Ronalyn Cabida.

Maui High was third with 225.75 points and Maui Prep, competing at the varsity level for the first time, was fourth with 190. Only four teams competed at the varsity level.

Baldwin won the junior varsity title with 251 points and Maui High (205) was second.

Runner-up Baldwin competes Saturday. The Maui News / ROBERT COLLIAS photo

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

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