Bangor—The Deer Isle-Stonington cheerleading squad performed their moves, jumps and overall routine a step above their previous showing when they took the floor at the Class D State Cheering Competition at the Cross Center on February 6.
Their score of 53.2 out of a possible 100 was nearly eight points higher than the 45.7 the judges awarded the team at the Northern regional competition two weeks ago.
However, the final score was not enough to bump up their place in the standings. The team came in sixth out of the six teams that qualified for the state final.
“The girls went and hit a great routine on Saturday and unfortunately the judging was not on our side that day. The girls and I were both pretty shocked over the outcome.” — Coach Kim Yurchick
The 10-member team—Amy Friedell, Riley Getto, Alison Eaton, Ashley Nevells, Aja Quintal, Sonya Shepard, Delaney Billings, Krista Baughman, Shaylee Bray and Andrea Kyzer—had placed fifth at the regional competition.
Central Aroostook, which won the state crown for the third straight year, scored nearly six points lower than at the regionals. That team has now won a record seven wins in a run broken by the Mariner squad, who took the crown in 2013.
Yurchick is proud of her team, regardless of the state competition’s outcome, and is already looking to the future.
“The girls had a great season, improving every day from where they started,” she said. “I could not be more proud of them. We are already talking details about next year’s routine. We are ready for next season.”