Members of the Ellsworth cheer team show off their runners-up certificates after taking second place in the Big East championships Jan. 15 at Caribou High School. Ellsworth finished second to Hermon in Saturday’s meet, which marked the first in-person cheer meet in almost two years for Big East teams after all competitions were held virtually last season. ELLSWORTH HIGH SCHOOL PHOTO

In-person cheer meets return with Big East championships

CARIBOU — For the first time in two years, a competitive in-person cheer meet has been held in the state of Maine.

Six teams from across the region traveled Saturday to Caribou High School for this year’s Big East championships. The meet marked the start of the 2022 season as well as the return to traditional competitions after last year’s abbreviated, virtual season.

Ellsworth was runner-up in the meet, second only to champion Hermon, which won its third straight Big East crown. Mount Desert Island placed fifth in the meet with John Bapst taking third, Presque Isle placing fourth and host Caribou rounding out the field in sixth.

For Ellsworth, the runner-up finish was the third as many years. The Eagles, who won Big East titles in 2014 and 2018, took second Hermon in 2019 and 2020 before only Penobscot Valley Conference and state championship meets were held during last year’s altered season.

“Over the past three weeks, they have not had their entire team together once, but despite the obstacles, they were still able to preserve, stay motivated and give it everything they had,” Ellsworth co-coach Kat Dickens said Their goal was to have a clean performance that they could be proud of. … They all did a great job, and we are all very proud.”

Ellsworth and MDI will compete in the PVC Class B championships at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Hermon High School. Bucksport and Sumner will participate in the PVC Class C meet at 4 p.m. that day at Stearns High School in Millinocket.

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