Sumner Tigers Are PVC Cheering Champs



MILLINOCKET — When the Sumner Tigers took the floor in Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference Small Schools Cheering Championship at Stearns High School, they were ready to go.

Members of the PVC champion Sumner Tiger cheerleaders include (front, from left) Jordyn Knowles, Whitney Doughty, Kelsey Martin, coach Monica Chipman, Sarah Frost, Cassidy Andrews and Jalisa Patten, and (rear, from left) Brianna Bishko, Haley Sandstrom, Maria Lockhart, Jordan Rivers, Ashley Andrews, Brooke Rayner, Emily Ingalls and Alexandria Tracey and Josie Barker.—LYNN DUNBAR

Members of the PVC champion Sumner Tiger cheerleaders include (front, from left) Jordyn Knowles, Whitney Doughty, Kelsey Martin, coach Monica Chipman, Sarah Frost, Cassidy Andrews and Jalisa Patten, and (rear, from left) Brianna Bishko, Haley Sandstrom, Maria Lockhart, Jordan Rivers, Ashley Andrews, Brooke Rayner, Emily Ingalls and Alexandria Tracey and Josie Barker.—LYNN DUNBAR

MILLINOCKET — When the Sumner Tigers took the floor in Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference Small Schools Cheering Championship at Stearns High School, they were ready to go.

“Friday night we had practice for three hours and it was like a light bulb came on,” said coach Monica Chipman. “It came together.”

In fact, it came together so well that the Tigers won the PVC title with 129.5 points, besting the runner-up Dexter Tigers by more than three full points.

Sumner has a veteran squad, with 11 seniors and just one freshman, and they know what it takes to win.

The Tigers were PVC runners-up last season, then went on to win the Eastern Maine and state Class C championships.

This year, the squad built its fast-paced routine around the theme “Do You Believe in Magic?” and there have been some struggles with timing.

Teams performed their routines twice on Saturday, once in an exhibition round and the second time in competition.

There were a few lingering timing issues for the Tigers on Saturday, Chipman said, “but otherwise it was perfect.

“This competition was the hardest I’ve ever seen,” she added. “Everyone was very prepared.”

The teams finished in the following order: Sumner 129.5, Dexter 126.2, Houlton 121.9, Orono 109.4, Central 109.4, Washington Academy 97.4, Penquis 88.4, Foxcroft Academy 86.1 and George Stevens Academy 78.0.

The Tigers will compete again on Jan. 22 when they host their own Sumner Invitational at 11 a.m. in Sullivan.

A week later, on Jan. 29, they’ll face off against other Class C teams in the Eastern Maine Championships at the Bangor Auditorium.

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