The cheerleading squads from Bangor and Lewiston high schools have forged a fairly competitive rivalry over the last several years.

If Monday’s Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference competition is any indication, the teams will be fighting it out for the big hardware again this winter.

The first round went to Bangor, as the Rams claimed the KVAC Class A crown by scoring 82.8 points at the Augusta Civic Center. Lewiston finished right behind, tallying 81.2 points.

It is Bangor’s first KVAC cheering title.

Lewiston has won the past two Class A state championships and five of the past six.

Rounding out the top five among the 13 Class A schools were Oxford Hills (67.1), Hampden Academy (63.5) and Lawrence of Fairfield (63.4).

Mt. Blue finished sixth (61.1), and Edward Little took 10th (55.4).

In Class B, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro earned a comfortable victory, as its 82.1 points placed it well in front of runner-up Leavitt (71.1).

Morse (64.5), Erskine Academy of South China (62.5) and Gardiner (58.3) also finished in the top five among the 11 competing schools.

Spruce Mountain took seventh in Class B with 51.8 points.

Next up are the Maine Principals’ Association regional championships Saturday, Jan. 28.

The Augusta Civic Center will be the site for competitions involving Class A, Class B South and Class C South. The Cross Insurance Center in Bangor will be the site for championships in Class B North, Class C North and all of Class D.

Meanwhile in Bar Harbor, Hermon claimed the Big East conference title, scoring 78.9 points while runner-up Ellsworth tallied 74.6.

Old Town was third in the 11-school field with 74.1 points, followed by Houlton (62.2) and Presque Isle (60.9).

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