High school cheering

Panthers cheer to third at state Class B competition

Medomak Valley also won 10th regional title this year, second at league meet
By Mark Haskell | Feb 10, 2020
Photo by: Mark Haskell Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center.

Augusta — The Medomak Valley cheer squad has, year after year, been among the state’s best teams, and again had the opportunity to prove that distinction on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 8 in the state Class B championships at the Augusta Civic Center.

And the Panthers, also fresh off their 10th straight regional championship performance two weeks prior, put forth another standout effort on Saturday at the event, run in conjunction with the state Class C championships.

While Medomak Valley had a strong routine, three-time defending state champion Hermon’s routine —as it typically is — was on point, on brand and good enough to give the Hawks their fourth straight state Class B title.

Ellsworth finished second Saturday, while Medomak Valley took third-place honors.

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It was the fourth straight state Class B crown for the Hawks and ninth in 10 years.

Medomak Valley coach Heather Simmons, at the conclusion of the state championships called her team resilient and courageous.

The Panthers finished second at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championships in January, one day after losing key contributor Emily Mahoney to a broken hand. They rallied to win the regionals for the 10th straight year and finished with another strong performance on Saturday.

“We didn’t have our best day today,” said Simmons. “But it was all about having fun, for us and leaving the mat confident. And I think we did that.”

The state Class B state team scores, with individual judges' scores, were: Hermon 20.7, 22.8, 20.8 and 22.7 for 87, Ellsworth 21.3, 22.1, 21.3 and 21.5 for 86.2, Medomak Valley 20.4, 20.1, 20.5 and 21.4 for 82.4, Leavitt of Turner 20.6, 18.9, 19.5 and 21.4 for 80.4, Presque Isle 18, 18.3, 20.4 and 19.8 for 76.5, Morse of Bath 15.2, 22, 20 and 18.5 for 75.7, Brewer 17.5, 18.5, 20.3 and 17.4 (1-point deduction for 72.7, John Bapst of Bangor 16.3, 18.2, 19.5 and 16.3 for 70.3, Old Town 14.9, 17.2, 19.5 and 16.3 for 67.9, Gray-New Gloucester 14.2, 18.7, 19.2 and 15.7 for 67.8, Erskine Academy of South China 15.2, 16.2, 16.1 and 15.9 for 63.4 and Freeport 13.7, 12.4, 1.1 and 13.9 (5-point deduction) for 52.1.

Panther team members include Chloe Achorn, Greg Cifaldo, Cheyanne Greene, Haley Levasseur, Emily Mahoney, Katrina McIntosh, Alacius Peavey, Katie Ryan, Lachey Sawyer, Lizzi Swan and Aaliyah Thompson.

Medomak Valley’s routine was polished and precise through the first two-plus minutes, but had a “hiccup” or two late, which is tough to overcome facing a juggernaut program like the Hawks.

“Sometimes you have little things that have never happened before and we had a little hiccup in the pyramid,” coach Simmons said. “We knew we had to work really hard today to be with the top competitors in Hermon and Ellsworth. It wasn’t enough today, but we’re gaining every year. We’re five points from first place and that’s not a whole lot [of difference]. We’re really proud of where we’re at.”

The Panthers will lose valuable seniors in Ryan, Greene and Levasseur and Simmons said the leadership the three have displayed — including Levasseur, in her first year on the team after transferring from Poland High School — has been invaluable.

“We had a fantastic team this year,” the coach said. “They care for each other a whole lot and they were workhorses all season and just wanted to get better. Every day we went in there and ground it out. Even after Emily got hurt, the season could have gone a completely different way. And it didn’t. They’re really resilient, courageous and I’m proud of each and every one of them.”

Next year’s team will feature a much younger bunch, with no juniors on this year’s team.

The coach said she knows her student-athletes were not on par with Hermon and Ellsworth in stunting categories, “but we’re right there with them in every other category and we know where we need to improve for the next few years.”

“It’s about executing what your team can do well,” said Simmons. “And that’s all we need to worry about. We’ll get there.”

Sumner of Sullivan won the state Class C championship and Lisbon of Lisbon Fallsl finished as runners-up.

Gardiner won the Class B South sportsmanship award and Mount Blue of Farmington Class B North, while Lisbon won the Class C South sportsmanship award and Bucksport Class C North.

Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Medomak Valley in state Class B high school cheering competition on Feb. 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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