Lewiston claims EM ‘A’ cheering title; Bangor takes second

By Kalle Oakes, Sun Journal on Jan. 26, 2015, at 10:23 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Lewiston left itself a high ceiling for Monday’s regional cheerleading championship. One week earlier, the Blue Devils struggled through a three­-minute routine that was well below its own standards, even as they won their program’s seventh consecutive KVAC title on the same Augusta Civic Center floor. Consider …
Hermon High School performs during the East Maine Class B regional cheerleading competition Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Hermon shakes off challenges to repeat as Eastern B cheering champ

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 24, 2015, at 9 p.m.
BANGOR | Like most high school athletic teams this week, the Hermon cheering squad came face to face with end-of-semester stresses and mid-winter illness. So ravaged was the team by the latter issue that Hawks coach Kristie Reed cancelled Thursday’s practice with the Eastern Maine Class B championship meet …
Central Aroostook Jr./Sr. High School cheerleaders hold up the championship trophy after winning the East/West Maine Class D regional cheerleading competition Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Successful start propels Central Aroostook to Class D regional cheering title

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 24, 2015, at 7:50 p.m.
BANGOR | Most fans might not be able to tell by watching, but there can be an element of momentum to a high school cheering routine. So when perennial power Central Aroostook Jr./Sr. High School of Mars Hill successfully completed its first stunt of Saturday’s Class D regional cheering …
The Dexter High School team holds up the first place trophy after winning the Eastern Maine Class C Regional cheerleading competition Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

New element helps Dexter edge Bucksport for Eastern Maine Class C cheerleading title

By Pete Warner on Jan. 24, 2015, at 2:05 p.m.
BANGOR | Cheerleading teams spend countless hours developing and perfecting their routines for the opportunity to perform them only a few times in competition. Often, it’s the exact same routine throughout the conference, regional and state championships. Dexter High School added a little wrinkle to its repertoire prior to …

Snowstorm forces time change for Saturday’s cheerleading championships in Bangor, Augusta

on Jan. 23, 2015, at 5:21 p.m.
Because of Saturday’s impending snowstorm, the Eastern Maine cheerleading championships for Classes B-C and East/West Classes D at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor will start earlier, while the Western Maine A-B-C championships and Eastern Maine Class A finals at the Augusta Civic Center have been postponed to Monday. The …
From the community

Paws for a Cause Cheering Competition

By ellagrindle on Jan. 19, 2015, at 6:23 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Lawrence High School, School St, Fairfield, ME For more information: 207-453-4200; High School Cheering Competition Sat. Jan 31 at 10 am – doors open at 9 am $6 adults $3 seniors/children Bring a donation for the Humane Society Waterville …

Presque Isle captures Aroostook League cheerleading title

on Jan. 16, 2015, at 10:06 p.m.
CARIBOU | The Presque Isle Wildcats compiled 60 points to capture the Aroostook League cheerleading title Friday night at the Caribou High School gym. Caribou finished second to its archrival with 57 points and was followed by Central Aroostook of Mars Hill (52.7), Houlton (51.9) and Fort Fairfield (46.4). …

TV Radio schedule for Jan. 16, 2015

on Jan. 15, 2015, at 6:32 p.m.
BASKETBALL, BOYS BELFAST at OCEANSIDE, 6:15 p.m., WBYA Islesboro (105.5 FM), WBYA Internet ( OXFORD HILLS at MESSALONSKEE, 6:30 p.m., WOXO Norway (92.7 & 100.7 FM) radio CENTRAL at ORONO, 7 p.m., WZON Bangor (620 AM) radio; WZON Internet ( MDI at WASHINGTON ACADEMY, 7 p.m., WDEA Ellsworth (1370 AM) …
University of Maine cheerleaders perform a routine during the University of Maine's game against Villanova at Alfond Stadium in Orono in this October 2014 file photo.

‘It’s something they’re passionate about’: UMaine cheerleaders overcome challenges to share school spirit

By Pete Warner on Oct. 29, 2014, at 3:13 p.m.
ORONO | They have been a fixture at University of Maine athletic events for decades, sharing their energy and enthusiasm with the Black Bear fans. They practice 12-14 hours per week, even though they receive no athletic scholarship money and only minimal program funding. They are the UMaine cheerleading …
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 | 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 …
From the community

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 | 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 | 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 …
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