BANGOR, Maine — The Lewiston Blue Devils earned their third straight Class A state cheering championship Monday, and Hermon did the same for Class B.
In the 23rd and final state cheering competition at the Bangor Auditorium, Lewiston edged Marshwood of South Berwick 167.7 to 166.3. Bangor finished third with 153.6. Scoring is based on a 175-point system.
The Hawks posted 155 points in Class B to best runner-up Medomak Valley of Waldoboro, which had 148.1. Ellsworth was third with 146.8.
“This was their goal and they worked hard to achieve it,” said Hermon coach Kristie Reed.
Hermon had one stunt go wrong in the Eastern Maine championship, where the Hawks came in second to Ellsworth.
They worked on smoothing out that error and didn’t worry about what the other teams were doing.
“Our goal was to hit our routine,” Reed said. “The rest was not in our control.”
“We worked on perfecting everything,” said Hermon senior captain Katie Reynosa. “She [Reed] teaches us to work hard so we could hit it today.”
Hermon had to wait out the performances by the Medomak Valley Panthers, the Western Maine B champ, and Ellsworth.
The Panthers suffered a stumble in one of their tumbles. The Eagles performed clean as well, but it wasn’t enough to catch the Hawks.
“Work hard and get it done or not,” said Reed. “That was our motto the last couple of weeks [since the EM meet].”
“We knew we did our best,” said Reynosa, then laughed and added. “She told us don’t come off the mat unless we do our best.”
Blue Devils coach Lynnette Morency was pleased her team hit everything correctly at the state meet.
“The is the first time all season they had a perfect routine,” said Morency. “And they did it at the 29th hour.”
And it came at the right time, too, because the Marshwood Hawks had posted their own clean routine minutes earlier.
“We had seen them perform, but our focus was on doing our routine,” said senior co-captain Kirsty Beauchesne. “We knew our routine was the caliber we needed and if we hit it, we would win.”
Lewiston and Marshwood each put up as many as six lift groups, and both teams’ synchronization and energy were strong.
“I have a lot of passion for the sport,” said Lewiston senior co-captain Kara Barnies, “and my job was to get them to come together and show their passion for the sport. We came together today.”
“This was the best way to end senior year,” said Hermon’s Reynosa.
Rounding out the Class A team scores were Noble of North Berwick 149.7, Edward Little of Auburn 142.2, Brewer 141.4, Gorham 139.9, Thornton Academy of Saco 133, Scarborough 132.1, Bonny Eagle of Standish 130.3, Oxford Hills of South Paris 129.4 and Hampden 122.
Members of the Lewiston squad are: Kelly Nuzzo, Meagan Murphy, Taylor Hopkins, Sadie Dulack, Sage Physic, Olivia Bergeron, Erika Thibault, Andrea Bonin, Tia Cortez, Nadine Jones, Lily Fundis, Erin Morris, Tierra Safe, Cassie Regner, Abby Madden, Torey Reny, Taylor Pratt, Adreena Adams, Kara Barnies, Kirsty Beauchesne, Sierra Melanson and Alyssa Rousseau.
The runner-up Marshwood team is: Anna Byrne, Gabrielle Gosselin, Heather Hanson, Emily Peele, Janay Wright, Carli Fontaine, Ashley Hickey, Naomi Lewis, Emily Osborne, Junyoung Shin, Miranda Smith, Becky Thompson, Cassu MacPherson, Amanda Rovnak, Abby Sargent, Ryley Sullivan, Victoria Biddle, Erin Byrne, Brittany King, Ashley Paul, Jayna Ledger and Emily Bacon; coach: Erica Stevens.
In Class B, Caribou finished fourth at 130.2, followed by John Bapst of Bangor 128.3, Wells 122.5, Presque Isle 119.1, Gardiner 116.4, Poland 110.9, Leavitt of Turner Center 107.1, Morse of Bath 106.3 and Old Town 99.8.
The Hermon team consists of: Katie Reynosa, Catherine McElvain, Destinee Knight, Kaitlinn Turner, Alivia Brown, Taylor Smith, Sarah Perley, Tiffany Tanner, Katrina Smith, Olivia Guiggey, Danielle Dennison, Erica Turmel, Marissa Cox, Riley Wood, Baylie Dalton, Kayla Ouellette and Alexis Hake.
The Medomak Valley team is: Stephanie Hill, Cassie Devver, Megan Linscott, Amanda Poland, Katie Goldrup, Gabby Ruano, Shania Melvin, Paige Russell, Olivia Ryan, Ashlee Wilson, Molly Clevette, Alyssa Ducharme, Lyndsey Miller, Charlene Wilbur, Kelsie Grady and Jessica Prescott; coach: Rachel Coor.