AUGUSTA, Maine — If the Lewiston High School cheering team’s season is turned into a Broadway musical, the Blue Devils have the potential to become the longest running act on The Great White Way.
The Blue Devils proved again that they are one tough act to follow, or beat, in the Class A North regional cheerleading competition at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday.
Lewiston’s timing, energy and poise seemed impeccable during a routine that brought the house down. When the Blue Devils performed their pyramids, the cheerleaders who stood at the top didn’t flinch. That splendid performance means the Blue Devils will be strutting their stuff at the state championship.
Lewiston topped them all with 84.7 points, followed by Bangor with 79.7 and Brewer with 72.8. Oxford Hills of South Paris scored 70.8 to take fourth place and Mt. Blue of Farmington (64.9) was fifth and Brunswick (62.7) sixth. Those teams advance to the Feb. 6 state finals in Bangor.
Lewiston coach Lysa Laverdierre appeared to be speechless after Lewiston rocked the Civic Center with a routine that had more energy than the blizzard ripping through the East Coast.
“We are very happy, Laverdierre said. “I think we made the improvement that we needed to from Monday, and they really worked hard for me this week.
“It (the routine) was slightly different. There was a little bit of difficulty. We added few more things, and we still have a couple of more tricks up our sleeves that we are saving for the state championship.”
As far as the Blue Devils’ poise and moving in unison, Laverdierre had a simple explanation for Lewiston’s stunning performance.
“I think that is something that we really focus on in practice,” she explained. “Striving perfections and doing the best we can, and they really did well today.
“Now it is on to the states. They are coming for us, but we are ready.”
Fourth-place Oxford Hills was also ready for this competition.
“I think going first is very difficult for them,” Vikings coach Deb Loveless said. “They were up at 3:30, 4 o’clock in the morning to get here, so it was really tough for them.
“Not a lot people in the stands so getting going was difficult, but they did well.”
In Class C South, Dirigo of Dixfield earned first place with 64.5 points. The feisty Cougars also won the regional last year. Monmouth Academy (57.2) took third, St. Dominic of Auburn (57) followed in fourth place and Lisbon (55.5) finished fifth.
“Actually, we lost a girl two days ago, and we worked our routine, so I wasn’t really expecting it, but they really, really worked hard and they definitely hit today,” Dirigo coach Melissa Carrier said. “We have been really working hard at the beginning of the season to get those harder elements and they have really gotten there.
“They did really well. It is the best they have performed so far this season. We put someone else new as a base and she did amazing.”
Monmouth tumbled and took to the air to land in third place, allowing the Mustangs compete in states. Like Dirigo, Monmouth had to wing it after the loss of two cheerleaders.
“I am amazed at this happened, honestly,” Monmouth coach Shannon Fields said. “They did so, so well after such challenges this week. We already found out that somebody was ineligible. Somebody got hurt last night so we had to redo the whole (routine) last night, and they did absolutely amazing.
“I am just so proud they remembered all the changes. They persevered just so much and did everything they needed to do, and they were confident. It worked really well.”
In the Class A South competition, Noble of North Berwick captured the title with 69.2 points. Marshwood of South Berwick was second with 68.6 points and was followed by Thornton Academy of Saco (68.2), Windham (66.9), Sanford (66.6) and Gorham (66.6).
Medomak Valley of Waldoboro took home the Class B South title with 74.1 points. Gray-New Gloucester was second with 61.2 points and was followed by Lake Region of Naples (59), Wells (57.8), Mountain Valley of Rumford/Mexico (56.9) and Freeport (53.7).