Perennial power Hermon and Central High School of Corinth emerged as winners at the Penobscot Valley Conference cheering championships held Saturday at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln.
Hermon, the three-time defending Class B state champion, won the PVC large-school division crown for the sixth consecutive year with 145 points, while Ellsworth came in second with 137.3 points and Presque Isle third with 125.7.
“It was a good day. Our goal was 144 points so we were very excited to reach 145,” said Hermon coach Kristie Reed.
Other teams in the large-school field were Old Town (124.7), John Bapst of Bangor (121.1), Caribou (112.9) and Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor and Foxcroft Academy, both with 99.6 points.
Reed’s Hermon squad is comprised of Alivia Brown, Marissa Cox, Baylie Dalton, Danielle Dennison, Olivia Guiggey, Alexis Hake, Hannah Lynch, Lexey McMannus, Emily Perley, Morgan Smith, Taylor Smith, Tiffany Tanner, Ashley Turner, Kaitlinn Turner, Erica Turmel, Calli Veillette and Emily Woodilla. Christina Paradis is the Hawks’ assistant coach.
“We were pleased,” said Reed. “There’s still some things we need to be working on, but we had some setbacks this week so it was just good to get back out there and compete.”
Central won its first PVC small-school division title, totaling 119.8 points to outdistance second-place Sumner of East Sullivan (114.7) and third-place Houlton (112.1).
“I’m a stickler for cleanliness, we drill every day on our timing as a team so everybody is doing the same thing at the same time,” said Cristy Strout, co-coach of the Central squad with Whitney Susee. “Our difficulty is up there, so the nice thing was that a team that’s mostly freshmen and sophomores was able to pull off the routine they did. It was a great start for us.”
Also in the 13-school field were Orono (110.8), Washington Academy of East Machias (102.2), Dexter (100.6), Bucksport (95.6), Mattanawcook (94.9), Penobscot Valley of Howland (88.1), Bangor Christian (84.7), Lee Academy (74.8), Penquis Valley of Milo (72.4) and George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill (50.1).
The Central squad is led by captains Kassidy Chase, Melyssa Prescott, Autumn Preble and Hillary Williams. They are joined by Cassidy McNerney, Billi-Jo Hurd, Izzy Wittine, Kailey Buswell, Katrina Bowden, Cierria Cookson, Taylor Buswell, Keira Rush, Kaitlyn Taylor, Kelsey Osnoe, Paige Subjoc, Alicia Halloran, Janel Reece, Jamie Smith, Josie Hare, Chelsea Noddin, Rhianna Bailey and Taylor Emerson.
“We only have five seniors out of 22 on the team,” said Strout, “so I was really pleased with how we pulled off the routine without mistakes. I was concerned after the warm-ups because the nerves were showing, but they did a good job, and this should give them the confidence they need going forward.”
The cheering scene turns to regional competition next Saturday. The Eastern B and C meets and Class D state qualifier will be held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, while the Eastern and Western A and Western B and C meets will be held at the Augusta Civic Center.