BANGOR, Maine — They literally saved the best for last at the Class B and C State Cheerleading Championships Saturday morning.
The Hermon Hawks won their second state title in three years with a routine that was so complex, challenging, energetic and crowd-pleasing, even a five-point deduction for a missed landing on a stunt wasn’t enough to keep them from being the highest-scoring of the 24 teams competing at the Bangor Auditorium.
Hermon scored 152.9 points to comfortably outdistance runner-up John Bapst of Bangor (144) and third-place Waterville (143.2) to take the Class B crown. Wells was fourth at 136.4.
In Class C, Saint Dominic of Lewiston won its first state title since 2005 with a final score of 134.5 to outpoint Monmouth Academy (131) and Dexter, the highest Eastern Maine finisher with 128.3 points.
It was Monmouth’s third straight runner-up finish as they were second in the Mountain Valley Conference, Western Maine Class C, and now states. Dexter’s third-place finish at states is the Tigers’ highest finish in the annual competition.