Kaitlyn Hale from Bonny Eagle, center, cheers at halftime during the 2014 Lobster Bowl Saturday in Biddeford.

Senior cheerleaders relish opportunity to support Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic

By Justin Pelletier, Sun Journal on July 20, 2014, at 5:37 p.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — They tossed, turned, rolled and danced around the middle of the field — all to the delight of an appreciative audience at Waterhouse Field on Saturday night. Cheerleaders live for evenings like this, and you can bet they were grateful to be under the lights to end …

Beaches, barbeques, and….what???

on June 29, 2014, at 8:56 p.m.
It’s summertime! For most of us, this means beaches, barbeques, and cheerleading. Wait, did I say cheerleading? Okay, maybe summertime only means cheerleading for a select few crazy coaches. Like myself. I won’t deny it. I have to assume it’s not much different for highly competitive basketball coaches who host …
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Spirit Camp at University of Maine

Bangor Daily News on June 16, 2014, at 2:28 p.m.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Thursday, June 26, 2014 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Friday, June 27, 2014 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: University of Maine, Orono campus, Orono, Maine For more information: 207-862-3355; ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine Cheerleaders will be instructing the …

Safety in Numbers

on April 02, 2014, at 8:25 p.m.
Cheerleading is more dangerous than all other sports. There are more injuries and more emergency room visits in cheerleading than in football. There are several high school and college cheer teams that have been prohibited from stunting and tumbling because catastrophic injuries have occurred. You may have seen the video …

Introducing Three Cheers for Cheerleaders

on March 26, 2014, at 3:03 p.m.
I’ve had the “Is cheerleading a sport?” debate many times over the course of my coaching career.
The Husson University cheering and dance teams show off their first-place trophies after the New England Cheerleading & Dance Team Open Championships Saturday in East Haven, Conn. Team members are (front row, from left) Bri Missler, Samantha Campbell, Danielle Gough, Danielle Diaz, Karen McLeod, Tia Hardy, Vita Gould, Arial Farrar, Melesa Punsky, Rosie Conary,  Laurel Whipkey; (second row) head coach Buffie McCue, Kristena Strout, Ashley Blake, Kat Dickens, Eliza Talbot, Allison Murphy, Becky Jacobs, Kassandra Primatello; and (third row) Tatiana Andrews-Romain, Kendra Page, Emily Higgins, Ambyr Sargent, John Costello, Sarah Calnan, Meghan Frank, Hallee Breton, and assistant coach Hillary Hoyt.

Husson cheerleading, dance teams capture New England Open titles

on March 04, 2014, at 11:09 a.m.
EAST HAVEN, Conn. — The Husson University cheerleading and dance teams each placed first in their divisions at the annual New England Cheerleading & Dance Team Open Championships on Saturday. More than 90 teams competed, including nine collegiate teams. “Being able to see our team come together as a family, …

Presque Isle hockey team vaults to second place in Eastern Maine Class B

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 14, 2014, at 5:23 p.m.
The Presque Isle High School Wildcat hockey team has been on a tear of late. With wins in six of its last seven games, the 11-5-1 Wildcats have catapulted to second place in Eastern Maine Class B behind defending two-time regional champ Messalonskee of Oakland. The list of wins includes …
Autumn Preble (from left), Melyssa Prescott and Hillary Williams of Central High School hold the trophy after winning the Class C State Cheering Championship on Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center.

Hermon, Central capture B, C state cheering championships

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 08, 2014, at 7:38 p.m.
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 …
The Central Aroostook High School Panthers cheering squad were Class D state champions in Augusta on Saturday.

Central Aroostook claims sixth state Class D cheering title in 7 years; Biddeford wins Class A

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 08, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Central Aroostook High School Panthers had their string of five consecutive state Class D cheerleading championships derailed by Deer Isle-Stonington a year ago. Central Aroostook coach Sami Allen didn’t feel her team had its best performance of the year on Saturday in the state championships at …
The Hermon girls react after winning first place in the Class B cheering competition at the Cross Center in Bangor on Jan. 25.

Hermon seeks fourth straight state Class B cheerleading title on Saturday in Augusta

By Larry Mahoney on Feb. 06, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
The Hermon High School cheerleading squad likes performing under pressure and will get a chance to do so again during the state competition Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center. Coach Kristie Reed’s Hawks will be seeking their fourth consecutive state Class B title. The Class D competition kicks off at …
Bangor High School's Mattea Hamel cheers before the crowd at the Eastern Maine Class A championships Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center.

Lewiston edges Bangor for Eastern Maine Class A cheering title

By Kalle Oakes, Sun Journal on Jan. 25, 2014, at 7:10 p.m.
AUGUSTA — It wasn’t perfect, or even close. In the current throw-caution-to-the-wind climate of Class A East cheering, a championship performance doesn’t have to meet that standard. And even though Lynnette Morency and her Lewiston High School powerhouse admittedly helped create that atmosphere, the coach isn’t sure how she feels …
The Hermon girls react after winning the Eastern Maine Class B cheering competition at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Saturday,

Hermon perseveres, edges Ellsworth for Eastern B cheering crown

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 25, 2014, at 4:17 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Hermon High School cheering squad has achieved considerable success in recent years, winning the last three Class B state championships and five in seven years. One title that had eluded the Hawks for the last two seasons was Eastern Maine champion, but coach Kristie Reed’s club …

Central Aroostook captures Class D cheering regional; Machias is runner-up

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 25, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — For the Central Aroostook High School cheering team, Saturday’s Class D regional championships marked a return to normalcy. The Panthers, who won five consecutive state championships before being dethroned last year by Deer Isle-Stonington, scored 123.1 points to overwhelm the rest of the regional field and earn …

Lewiston, Medomak Valley capture KVAC cheering titles

By Kalle Oakes, Sun Journal on Jan. 20, 2014, at 8:53 p.m.
The Lewiston High School cheering program has been winning so convincingly for so long that style points matter. And therefore, the celebration was a little bit restrained Monday after the Blue Devils won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A championship at the Augusta Civic Center. Of course, some of …

Presque Isle captures Aroostook League cheering title

on Jan. 19, 2014, at 4:22 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — The Presque Isle Wildcats recorded 68.9 points to capture the Aroostook League Cheering title Friday night. The Wildcats edged the Central Aroostook Panthers, who finished second with 63.8 points in the six-team meet. Caribou (60.4) finished third and was followed by Houlton (59.2), Washburn (50.3), and Fort …

Ellsworth wins Big East cheering competition

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 11, 2014, at 9 p.m.
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 …

Local sports results for Dec. 9, 2013

on Dec. 09, 2013, at 7:50 p.m.
Today’s games HIGH SCHOOL Girls Basketball Bangor at Hampden, 7 p.m. Belfast at Medomak Valley, 6:30 p.m. Boothbay Region at Lisbon, 7 p.m. Cony at Lewiston, 7 p.m. Edward Little at Brunswick, 7 p.m. Ellsworth at Hermon, 7 p.m. Forest Hills at North Haven, 12:30 p.m. Fort Kent at Caribou, …
Instructor Heather Tupper (left) shares a moment with Ciarra Boucher, a student at Big 10 Cheer in Hermon. Ciarra, a freshman at Brewer High School, is one of 11 students on the Cheer Magic All Stars special needs team at Big 10 Cheer. At right is Sydney Newcomb, a 7th grader at Holbrook in Holden.

Big 10 provides cheering opportunity for special needs athletes

By Jon Ouellette, Special to the BDN on Nov. 04, 2013, at 4:58 a.m.
HERMON, Maine — When Brittany Madden bought Big 10 Cheer three years ago, her focus was on getting enough people interested to keep the program running. Now, with six teams and more than 200 cheerleaders working through the gym, Madden has been able to do something she says is extremely …

On Deck, a sports calendar for June 6, 2013

on June 06, 2013, at 5:37 p.m.
BASKETBALL Clark Noonan Tourney At Bangor High School, 2nd Annual Clark Noonan Memorial Scholarship Tournament, June 28-30, $10 per player, entry deadline June 12, ages 16 and over, 22-team limit, for info contact Luke Hetterman Downeast Shooting Camp At Trenton, Acadia Christian School, Downeast C-Ed Basketball Shooting Day Camp, …

On Deck

on May 16, 2013, at 8:05 p.m.
BASKETBALL Coyote Boys JamCamp At Old Town, Old Town High School, 2013 Coyote Boys Basketball JamCamp, July 15-19, 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., open to all boys grades 4-12, contact Y Summer Men’s League Bangor YMCA, men’s summer league, June 24 to Aug. 4, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights, …
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