You could tell by the looks on the faces of the girls, as they entered the gym, that this job would be no easy task. This year, the competition was as fierce as ever, and all eyes remained upon the team that holds the record for most state championships. Nonetheless, the St. Dominic Regional High School Competition Cheerleading squad stole a familiar claim to fame from the grasp of a stunned Eastern Maine Crowd at the Bangor Auditorium on Feb. 12.

Certainly proving that “Girls Can Rock Too,” the Saints were simply too much for teams such as Central, Washington Academy, Houlton, and Dirigo. Other squads watched in awe as the girls in black tumbled across the mat, rose to the ceiling, and shouted in unison. A score of 145.4 earned them the first spot for Callbacks, in which the top four teams have a second chance to be judged. Still, St. Dom’s placed 1st with a final of 146.4; this being in front of the defending champion Shiretowners of Houlton (144.9), an always consistent Washington Academy (144.1) and the jumpstart Red Devils of Central (136.6). Was it shocking to see a five-time champion win again? Certainly, as the top three teams were at such close margin. In fact, St. Dom’s, Houlton, and Washington Academy are always left to battle for the crown at States.

“Once I saw Central High School’s routine during warm-ups, I was nervous,” said Jennifer Uwaechia, while the Saints celebrated; “I didn’t think we’d make it.”

The Saints have broken their own record for most championships in Class C with a total of 6 and counting. 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2005 came to a close with cheers and tears of joy. It’s a long off-season between now and next years competition, where they will be ready to continue their legacy. If you haven’t had a chance to see these lady’s in action, it is strongly recommended! Watch them support the St. Dom’s Ice Hockey team at the Colisée, all through the playoffs.


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