By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

The Brookings-Harbor High School cheerleading team competed in their second state qualifying competition Saturday at the Second Annual Sheldon Invitational.

After taking first place at the South Umpqua Invitational two weeks earlier, the Bruin cheerleaders tied for second place in the 4A large division at Sheldon.

The Bruins were in the running for the top spot at the competition, but were penalized when one of their pom-poms accidentally hit a spotter during a transition, prompting a three-point deduction.

Another small deduction on a dropped stunt also impacted the Bruins in the overall scoring.

andquot;It was a small stunt that we have never dropped before,andquot; Coach Corinne Crochet said. andquot;All the new stuff and all the hard stunts went really well.andquot;

The Bruins tied for second place with Pleasant Hill, while Sweet Home, the defending state champions, took home first place at the competition.

Sweet Home finished the event with 72 points and if the Bruins had not been deducted three and a half points for their pair of penalties, they would have finished with 71.75 points.

andquot;If we work as a team and nail everything, we have a great opportunity to place at state,andquot; Crochet said. andquot;The girls are really fired up for state.andquot;

The Bruins will compete in the OSAA State Championships on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

Residents will get a chance to see the highlights from the state championship competition at 4:30 Sunday, Feb. 17 when a recap of the event will be shown on channel KDRV 12 out of Medford.