Orono captures crown

Posted Jan. 10, 2010, at 11:15 p.m.

MILLINOCKET, Maine — The Orono High School cheerleading team went into Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference Classes C-D championship meet at Stearns High School feeling a bit apprehensive.

After a team member dislocated her knee in practice Wednesday night, the Red Riots had only two days to revamp their routine.

Apparently those two days were put to great use as they simplified their stunts, beefed up their dance moves, and made all the right moves to score 125.2 points and win their first PVC title in several years.

“One of my main bases, Amanda York, dislocated her knee Wednesday and we had to rework the routine,” said Orono second-year coach Leslie Tuell. “Our degree of difficulty in our dances was the difference because we had to dumb down some of our stunts with the injury.”

Tuell said she believes this is Orono’s second PVC cheering title overall.

The Red Riots edged runner-up Sumner of East Sullivan, which scored 122.3 points. Washington Academy of East Machias was third with 112.5 points.

The rest of Saturday’s order of finish is as follows: 4. Dexter 104.3, 5. Central 103.5, 6. Foxcroft Academy 98.5, 7. George Stevens Academy 93.5, 8. Penquis 91.8, 9. Schenck 88.7, 10. Penobscot Valley 85.9.

Team members for Orono are captains Aimee Butuski, Liberty Scott and Liz Leavitt, along with Zach Hamilton, Riki-Lynn Theriault, Brianna Murray, Emily Carr, Mindy Adams, Jillian Tuell, Lexi Haskell, Emilynn Violette, Riley Mahan, Jessica Nickerson, Samantha Hanson, Whitney Moores, and Bridgett Vinal.

Teams will be back in action in two weeks as the Eastern Maine regionals will take place Jan. 23 in Bangor.

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