BANGOR – Bangor cheer toppled Lewiston, who had won six of the previous seven years, to win its first ever Class A state title almost one year ago.
The team has come to find that winning your first is the best motivation to win another.
“Winning last year was amazing..but if we can keep that it proves that it wasn’t just a one time thing, we’re going to do it again, we’ll do it next year, we just have to keep pushing,” said junior Kylie Lavoie.
The biggest difference on this year’s team is a new head coach: Taylor Clark.
The former Bangor and UMaine cheerleader now has the reins for the first time.
“It’s a lot of fun, its nice to be back here as a coach rather than a student it’s kind of cool seeing the other side of it,” said Clark.
Clark has had to step her team’s routine up to keep up with the other front runners.
“There’s a lot harder routine, there’s a lot in it. So they have to push themselves a little bit harder than last year to make this routine hit and win states,” said Clark.
This team’s first taste of big competition came on Monday where they placed second in the KVAC.
“It’s a good starting point, it gives everyone a feel for, especially the freshmen, how it feels to compete and be on the mat and do everything in front of a big crowd,” said senior Chloe Woodward.
After winning by just 5.4 points, the margins are just as tight as they were last year going into this weekend.
“If your motion is bad, you could lose by that one bad motion. So you have to learn and practice to fix it and make it muscle memory to do it every time,” said senior Alainna Roach.