ELLSWORTH, Maine — Defending Eastern Maine Class B champion Ellsworth High School totaled 123.9 points Saturday afternoon to win the annual Big East Conference cheering competition at Katsiaficas Gymnasium.
Inclement weather and icy road conditions limited the field to just five schools. Presque Isle finished second with 111.9 points, followed by Caribou (102.7), Washington Academy of East Machias (100.0) and Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor (95.0).
The meet originally had been scheduled to involve 12 schools, including eight Big East entries — Ellsworth, MDI, Presque Isle, Caribou, Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft, John Bapst of Bangor, Old Town and three-time defending Class B state champion and five-time reigning conference titlist Hermon — as well as four non-conference invitees in Brewer, Hampden Academy, Washington Academy and Medomak Valley of Waldoboro.
Competing for Ellsworth in the competition were Emma Sweeney, Miranda Davis, Marina Magee, Maddy Harmon, Victoria Page-Jackson, Emily Bridges-Myrick, Ashley Ballard, Kristy Eaton, Morgan Barkhouse, Danielle White, Gabby Battis, Katharine Avery, Sierra Finley and Piper Hardison. Coaches for the Eagles are Nikki Chan and Courtney Taylor.
“It definitely wasn’t a flawless routine,” said Chan, “but the girls are working very hard.”
Representing runner-up Presque Isle were Madison Bagley, Renee Browning, Emily Buckley, Madolyn Caron, Michelle Cawley, Mackayla Burbee, Lindsey Lagerstrom, Gabriella Donovan, Alexandra Michaud, Katelyn Michaud, Kellsey Michaud and Kelsie Spooner. The Wildcats are coached by Jenna Bradstreet.
The teams now advance to the Penobscot Valley Conference championships next Saturday at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln, followed by the Eastern Maine championships on Saturday, Jan. 25. The Eastern A regional will be held at the Augusta Civic Center, while Eastern B, C and D schools will compete at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.