The Mount Desert Island High School cheer team during the Trojans' routine Saturday at the Class B North championship meet at the Cross Center in Bangor. ISLANDER PHOTO BY SALLY HUTCHINS

Fourth in regionals, cheer team advances to states

BANGOR — The Mount Desert Island High School cheerleading team finished fourth of 15 teams at Saturday’s Class B North championship meet at the Cross Insurance Center to earn a coveted spot in the upcoming state championships.

MDI earned a total of 65.9 points on the day. The finish placed the Trojans well within the top six, which Head Coach Missy Leland said last week was the team’s goal entering the season.

“We hit on nearly all of our stunts, which is really something we’ve been doing well the entire year,” she said. “There was one where we were a bit early, but we were still able to stick with it and have the finish to the routine we needed.”

In Class B, MDI qualified along with Hermon (first place), Ellsworth (second), Old Town (third), Gardiner (fifth) and Erskine Academy (sixth). John Bapst, Foxcroft, Mount View, Caribou, Nokomis, Washington Academy, Winslow and Waterville rounded out the remainder of the field.

Fellow Hancock County competitor Sumner earned 65.5 points in Class C to qualify with a second-place finish. Bucksport finished seventh with 50.7 points, missing the cut by one spot.

The Trojans will return to the Cross Insurance Center on Feb. 10 for the state championships.

“It’s a bit different because we’ve had one week between competitions over the past month, whereas now we have two,” Leland said. “The good thing is that we have a lot of home basketball games coming up, and cheering at those is a good chance for our team to stay in rhythm. We’re looking at about four actual practices outside of those games, so each one of those is going to be important as well. Precision in particular is going to be one of the main areas of focus.”

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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