Boys cheer results will be ‘so close’


Photo by Destinee Murray

Juniors circle around a single man who is break-dancing alone much to the crowdʻs enjoyment at the homecoming week boys cheer competition held at Keōpūolani Hale during lunch Wednesday.

Homecoming week tension between classes is on the rise after the boys cheer competition in Keōpūolani Hale yesterday during lunch.

After gorging on turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin squares, students hurried to the hale where boys cheer groups from each class performed a routine they had put together.

It began with the freshmen performing dance routines from the songs Teach Me How to Dougie by Cali Swag District and Stanky Leg by G-Spot Boyz. The class of 2018  had struggled at the beginning with no one signing up to join boys cheer. The boys said that after they saw videos from previous years, they began stepping up to compete.

“It went better than we thought it would,” said Hunter Worth, a member of the freshman boys cheer squad.  “We didn’t know what we were going to do ’til two minutes before we went on.”

Lots of upperclassmen were amazed by the freshmen, who did better than anyone thought they would given the reputation of former freshmen classes.

“I think every class did good,” said Brennon Aloy, senior boys cheer member, “especially, the freshmen. They did good for freshmen.”

Next were the sophomores with their red shirts and bandanas ready to hype up the crowd. They began with doing a haka that caught the attention of the audience immediately and ended by repeatedly shouting “2017! What?!”

Juniors walked onto the stage next with their class standing and cheering as they entered. They had dance solos that excited the audience. Like in previous years, they ended with the distribution of roses to random ladies in the audience.

The seniors, winners of last year’s boys cheer, ended the event with a performance that was short by a few boys. Seniors lost some who were ineligible, and a few quit. However, they came together to give their last boys cheer performance with conviction and spirit.

“None of us can dance,” the boys joked while enjoying their lunch after their performance.

“Figuring out how many of us [there were],” senior boys cheer member Kaʻimi Gilliland said, was the hardest part with getting ready.

All in all, each class performed exceptionally, leaving students nervous about the results of this year’s homecoming.

At the end, one judge said, “The scores were all so close!”

Results for boys cheer will be announced during halftime of the homecoming football game against Lāhainaluna on Saturday.