Cedar Park High School’s cheerleading squad won a second consecutive state title last weekend in Fort Worth.
Cedar Park won the Class 5A Division I title with a combined score of 94.10, beating out North Richland Hills Birdville and Colleyville Heritage, which both finished with a 90.35 combined score. Cedar Park was the only team from the Austin area to finish in the top 20 among the state’s three largest classifications competing at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
Last year, the school made just its second appearance at the Spirit State Championships, winning its first title. Previously, Cedar Park finished 17th in 2016 with an overall score of 87.3.
The back-to-back state title came on the heels of coach Nadira King being named the 2017-2018 Texas Coach of the Year for Girls Spirit by the National Federation of High School Coaches.
In a release, Leander ISD said King was nominated last November by the University Scholastic League.
"It is such an honor to be recognized by the NFHS,” King said. “I would not be able to receive such an accolade if I wasn't blessed to work with the amazing young women I have had the opportunity to coach over the years.”
Class 5A Division I is the third-largest classification, by school enrollment, in UIL competition. San Antonio Johnson won the cheer title in the state’s largest classification, Class 6A Division I. McAllen Memorial won the 6A Division II title.
Marble Falls finished fifth in the Class 5A Division II competition with an overall score of 86.55.