ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth High School cheerleading squad edged five-time defending state champion Hermon for second place in the Class B state championship on Saturday in Bangor.
Both teams finished with 79.9 points, but Ellsworth earned the runner-up title from the technical scores that serve as a tiebreaker. Old Town won with 81.3 points, narrowly beating its two regional rivals for the team’s first state championship since 2000.
Medomak Valley — the Class B South champion — came in a close fourth with 77 points. Presque Isle placed fifth with 70.2 points, and John Bapst took sixth of 12 schools with 64.3.
Members of the Ellsworth squad include Belle Albert, Hailey McCabe, Emily Young, Victoria Page Jackson, Carlotta Osanna, Danielle White, Maya McCabe, Piper Hardison, Lindsay Bland, Madisyn Harmon, Gabriella Morse, Olivia Robidoux, Molly McCarthy, Kristen Omlor and coaches Melanie Omlor-Fox and Kathryn Dickens.
Also for Hancock County, Sumner took seventh with 61.1 points in the Class C competition, and Deer Isle-Stonington finished sixth with 53.2 points in Class D.
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