January 17, 2012

KVAC CHEERLEADING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Lewiston makes it 4 straight

By Gary Hawkins ghawkins@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — Defending champion Lewiston won its fourth straight Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A cheerleading championship Monday at the Augusta Civic Center, beating rival Bangor by three points.

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UP, UP AND AWAY: The Lawrence High School cheerleaders compete on their way to a fourth-place finish at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A Cheerleading Championship on Monday at the Augusta Civic Center.

Staff photo by Andy Molloy

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GIVE US AN M: The Mt. Blue cheerleaders finished fifth at the at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A Cheerleading Championship on Monday at the Augusta Civic Center.

Staff photo by Andy Molloy

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Class A
1. Lewiston 150.8, 2. Bangor 147.8, 3. Hampden 124.4, 4. Lawrence 110.7, 5. Mt. Blue 109.4, 6. Edward Little 105.6, 7. Cony 102, 8. Oxford Hills 100.4, 9. Mt. Ararat 99.4, 10. Brewer 98.6, 11. Erskine 91.4, 12. Brunswick 90.2.

Class B
1. Leavitt 130.9, 2. Medomak 116.8, 3. Waterville 105.8, 4. Morse 104.3, 5. Nokomis 103.9, 6. Gardiner 101.9 7. Oak Hill 101.2, 8. Winslow 98.2, 9. Oceanside 90-8. 10. Mt. View 89.7, 11. Lincoln 84.7, 12. MCI 72.7.

The Blue Devils hope to use their KVAC title as a springboard for the Class A state championships, scheduled for Feb. 11 at the Augusta Civic Center. Lewiston snapped Biddeford’s string of three straight state titles last year, but repeating will still be a challenge.

“I have 10 new kids on my team this year out of 20,” Lewiston coach Lynettte Morency said. “Coming in here and winning is a big deal. It’s hard to replace a half a team.”

Like Lewiston, nearly everyone on the Bangor squad was a tumbler which enhanced many of the stunts the team performed.

“(It takes) a lot of hard work,” Morency said, “a lot of conditioning, a lot of determination, a lot of self-discipline.”

Leavitt won the Class B title, beating runner-up Medomak Valley by 14 points. In all, 24 high schools competed in front of about 2,500 fans. They’ll move on to regional competition in two weeks where East and West regions in three classes will be cut to six teams each for the state competition in Bangor and Augusta.

Central Maine teams fared well. Lawrence placed fourth among Class A teams while Mt. Blue was fifth and Cony seventh. In Class B, Waterville placed third, Nokomis fifth and Gardiner sixth.

“They were brilliant,” Waterville coach Melissa Burila said of her team. “They did such a great job today.”

The Purple Panthers will work to perfect and expand their stunts before the regionals.

“We need to increase our tumbling,” Burila said, “and have one of our stunts twist. But we’ve been going safe to make sure the kids have something perfected before they do something they’re not ready for.”

Like Waterville, Gardiner fielded a fairly small team of eight who performed quite well.

“We have a very young team,” Gardiner coach Jeanne Moody said. “We have three kids on there who have never cheered before. We’re trying to get back into that consistency of being there every year.”

Cony and Nokomis received the Jamie Beth Shible Award for most improved team, Cony in Class A and Nokomis in Class B. The award is named in honor of a former Mt. Blue cheerleader who co-captain at the Farmington school from 1995-97 shortly before passing away.

“They have been working hard for the past month on this routine,” second-year Cony coach Erin Eldridge said,. “They wanted it.”

Of the 14 members of Eldridge’s team, nine are seniors.

“This is a big step for Cony,” she said. “They hit their stunts, they had lots of energy.”

Gary Hawkins — 621-5638
ghawkins@centralmaine.com

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HERE WE COME: The Gardiner Area High School cheerleaders perform a stunt in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference cheering championship Monday in Augusta. The Tigers finished sixth in Class B.

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CATCH ME: The Erskine Academy cheerleaders compete in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference cheering championship Monday in Augusta. The Eagles finished in 11th place in Class A.

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The Cony High School cheerleaders compete in the KVAC cheering championship Monday in Augusta.

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