Eagles, Mariners Are Runners-up in State Cheering Championships



BANGOR — The Ellsworth Eagles and the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners finished as runners-up and the Sumner Tigers placed third in the State Cheering Championships on Saturday at the Bangor Auditorium.

Members of the Class B runner-up Ellsworth Eagle cheering squad include (front, from left) Rebecca Marckoon, Abigail Hayden and Heather Tupper; (middle, from left) Brittany Moulton, Caitlyn Ramos, Kate Lynn Whitney, Heather Holt, Kathryn Dickens, Cristin Wright and coach Cori Lynn Noddin; and (rear, from left) assistant coach Bonnie Marckoon, Marissa Boynton, Erin Beauvais, Nikole Carney, Marina Magee and Anna Jordan.—DOUGLASS PHOTOGRAPHY

Members of the Class B runner-up Ellsworth Eagle cheering squad include (front, from left) Rebecca Marckoon, Abigail Hayden and Heather Tupper; (middle, from left) Brittany Moulton, Caitlyn Ramos, Kate Lynn Whitney, Heather Holt, Kathryn Dickens, Cristin Wright and coach Cori Lynn Noddin; and (rear, from left) assistant coach Bonnie Marckoon, Marissa Boynton, Erin Beauvais, Nikole Carney, Marina Magee and Anna Jordan.—DOUGLASS PHOTOGRAPHY

BANGOR — The Ellsworth Eagles and the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners finished as runners-up and the Sumner Tigers placed third in the State Cheering Championships on Saturday at the Bangor Auditorium.

In the Class B competition, the Eagles — forced to revamp their routine at the last minute — still managed a second-place finish behind the Hermon Hawks.

“It’s been a crazy, challenging season with a lot of illnesses and injuries,” said Ellsworth coach Cori-Lynn Noddin after the awards were presented, “and we were only able to finish our routine last night.”

Hermon finished with 147 points and Ellsworth scored 142.3.

“Hermon beat us by 14 points in the regionals,” said Noddin. “I feel good about closing the gap. I am so proud of these girls it’s ridiculous. Each and every one of them is very determined, hard-working and enthusiastic. They have done everything that was asked of them all season long.”

In Class D, the Central Aroostook Panthers took home their fourth consecutive championship trophy, finishing with 111.1 points.

The runner-up Mariners, coached by Kimberley Larsen, came in with 104.7 points.

Members of the Class D runner-up Deer Isle-Stonington Mariner cheering squad include (front, from left) Dakota Brown, Kristyn Davis, Emma Merritt, Sarah Wilson, Kelsey Davis, coach Kimberley Larsen, Stephanie Siebert and Kennady Eaton; and (rear, from left) Sarah Burgess, Amber Jones, Paige Rollins and Belle Merritt.—JULIE EATON

Members of the Class D runner-up Deer Isle-Stonington Mariner cheering squad include (front, from left) Dakota Brown, Kristyn Davis, Emma Merritt, Sarah Wilson, Kelsey Davis, coach Kimberley Larsen, Stephanie Siebert and Kennady Eaton; and (rear, from left) Sarah Burgess, Amber Jones, Paige Rollins and Belle Merritt.—JULIE EATON

In Class C, the loss of two team members just days before the competition didn’t deter the Houlton Shiretowners.

Competing with two alternates, Houlton turned in a winning score of 140.1 points with Orono second at 135.5 and the Sumner Tigers third at 134.2.

“We did a great job,” said Sumner coach Monica Chipman. “I’m very pleased. We changed our pyramid two weeks ago, and have been working on it to prepare for this since.

“This year, we had 11 seniors who gave it a complete 100 percent. It was really wonderful to see them performing at such a high level. I am very, very proud.”

Emerson Whitney of the Mount Desert Islander contributed to this story.

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