Thursday, December 12, 2013
The high school cheerleading regional championships get underway Saturday with competitions in Bangor and Augusta.
Here’s a few notes leading into the events ...
• Gardiner has pulled out of the Western B championships, citing low numbers.
Coach Jeanne Moody said Thursday that injuries and prior commitments prevented the Tigers from fielding a team that could perform a “safe routine.”
Libby Murphy, the lone junior on the team, suffered an ankle injury and was not available this weekend.
The Tigers recently finished third in the KVAC B championships after not fielding a team last season.
They were expected to contend for a berth in the state championships.
“We had a couple things going on,” Moody said.
• It’s been the Year of the Knee for Monmouth.
First, tumbler Chelse May Blair Arsenault suffered a knee injury at the beginning of the season. Then, Shelby Smith suffered a knee injury just days before the Mountain Valley Conference championships that ended her season.
“We had to completely re-arrange the routing,” Monmouth coach Danielle Tannenbaum said.
The Mustangs finished third in the MVC. They also received some good news: Arsenault has been cleared to perform at the Western C championships Saturday at 7 p.m. in Augusta.
“Knock on wood, we’ve been healthy since the MVC’s,” Tannenbaum said.
• Teams are allowed to have 20 athletes on the floor for a routine. Lawrence opened the season with 17 on its roster. On Saturday, the Bulldogs will bring just nine cheerleaders to the Eastern A championships, which begin at 4 p.m. in Augusta.
“We’ve had a lot of injuries,” Lawrence coach Alicia Curtis said. “We’ve had to change quite a bit. We have our work cut out for us.”Tweet
Gary Hawkins has worked at the Kennebec Journal since 1980. His primary beats are baseball, boys basketball, girls and boys soccer and golf.