AUGUSTA, Maine — Coach Kristie Reed’s Hermon High School Hawks became the first school to capture four consecutive state Class B cheerleading championships and Central of Corinth won its second C crown in three years on Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center.
Hermon registered 148.2 points with a virtually flawless routine to outdistance Medomak Valley of Waldoboro, which finished with 142.8 points. Ellsworth was third with 132.9 points.
Central survived a five-point deduction penalty to finish 5.7 points better than Lisbon.
Central wound up with 117.3 points to Lisbon’s 111.6. Madison was third with 110.2 points and Madison also had a five-point deduction penalty.
Leavitt of Turner was fourth in Class B with 132.3 points followed by Old Town (130.4), Wells (121.8), Presque Isle (117.5), John Bapst of Bangor (116.8), Lake Region of Naples (115.8), Caribou (114.8), Morse of Bath (106) and Freeport (99.9).
Houlton, another team assessed a five-point deduction, was fourth in Class C (107.2) followed by Mountain Valley of Rumford (107), Narraguagus of Harrington (106.4), Dirigo of Dixfield (105.3), Dexter (104.3), Orono (103.5), Sumner of Sullivan (101.6), Monmouth (98.7) and St. Dominic’s of Auburn (92.9).
Reed said her Hawks turned in a stellar performance.
“It was our best of the year,” said Reed. “I was very, very proud of them. We’ve made very few changes to our routine this year and we have continued to work on it.
“We have three stunt groups while most of the teams we’re up against have just two. And we hit our routine with a lot of energy. There were only a few tiny issues and they’re the ones only a coach sees,” grinned Reed.
“We really came together,” said Hermon senior Alivia Brown. “We were full of energy, we had our top voices and we really nailed everything.”
“We focused on performing a solid routine and doing what we know how to do. Whether we won or lost, we did our best and I’m so proud of that,” said senior Taylor Smith.
Medomak Valley coach Rachel Coor was equally proud of her team.
“Our kids did a spectacular job,” said Coor. “This was our best performance of the year.”
The members of the Hermon squad included three sets of sisters: Morgan and Taylor Smith, Ashley and Kaitlinn Turner and Emily and Sarah Perley along with Brown, Tiffany Tanner, Calli Veillette, Marissa Cox, Olivia Guiggey, Alexis Hake, Lexey MacManus, Hannah Lynch, Baylie Dalton, Danielle Dannison, Erica Turmell and Emily Woodilla.
Medomak Valley featured Stephanie Hill, Paige Russell, Courtney and Alyssa Ducharme, Ashlee Wilson, Hannah Smith, Whitney Dow, Shanie Melvin, Amanda Poland, Cassie Dever, Hannah Wile and Olivia Ryan.
In the C competition, Central coach Cristy Strout thought that the five-point deduction, assessed when one of her girls touched her hand down on the mat during a routine, jeopardized their chances.
“I thought we opened the door for somebody but, thank goodness, we didn’t,” said Strout. “Our goal at the beginning of the year was to win with 20 [girls involved in the routine] which isn’t something you see very often. But all 20 absolutely deserved to be on the floor and we were rewarded for that today.”
“Our routine was pretty good. It wasn’t our best,” said senior cheerleader Melyssa Prescott, who added that not winning the title a year ago proved to be extra motivation.
“We knew what it felt like. We had a tough year last year so we just pushed extra hard this year because we knew we could do it,” said Prescott.
“Last year was our building year because we lost a lot of seniors but it was a great experience to win it again,” said senior Kassidy Chase who admitted she was worried that the deduction could have been costly. “I really wanted all the underclass girls to realize what it is like to win a state title.”
Lisbon first-year coach Nicole Adams was elated with her team’s showing.
“We graduated a lot of talent off last year’s team and lost some girls to illness but the girls did extremely well pushing through it,” said Adams.
Besides Prescott, Williams and Chase, the other Central cheerleaders were Billie-Jo Hurd, Cassidy McNerney, Alicia Halloran, Kelsey Osnoe, Taylor Emerson, Kailey and Taylor Buswell, Autumn Preble, Janell Reece, Kaitlyn Taylor, Jamie Smith, Izzy Wittine, Chelsea Noddin, Rhianna Bailey, Katrina Bowden, Ciearria Cookson, Kiera Rush, Paige Subjoc and Josie Hare.
Lisbon featured Abigail Curtis, Loren Grant, Mataia Shane, Kelsey Tilley, Kaylee Williams, Kaylan Pacheco, Brittany Brown, Keri Woodcock, Courtney Campbell and Chandler Riordan.
Update: This story has been corrected to include Tiffany Tanner as a member of the Hermon team.