RUMFORD — Lisbon, Monmouth, and Spruce Mountain took the top three spots at the Mountain Valley Conference cheerleading championships, held Saturday morning at Mountain Valley High School.
Libson won with a score of 112.5, followed by Monmouth (97.8), and Spruce Mtn. (96.7). Madison was fourth with 95 points, and Oak Hill was eighth with 64.7.
“(The scores) were low all around,” Monmouth coach Mike Gilbert said. “It was the first time out for most of us.”
Each team performed a “practice,” or penalty round. In that round, the judges gave teams feedback but did not give scores. Part of the feedback was to let the teams know where there would have been deductions if the round had been scored, Gilbert said.
Gilbert said that in the penalty round, one Monmouth cheerleader touched her head to the floor while tumbling, and would have received a five-point deduction. In the second round, she took that move out, and the Mustangs did not receive any deductions.
“She called a smart play,” Gilbert said.
Monmouth placed fourth at last year’s MVCs.
“We’ve come a long way in a week,” Gilbert said. “I was hoping that we would leave here in the top four, and they exceeded our expectations. I think it was a delightful shock for all of us.”

Boys basketball

Richmond 36-49, Vinalhaven 39-48: Eddie Stewart scored 13 of his game-high 15 points in the third quarter to help the Bobcats erase 25-15 deficit en route to the Western D victory.
Randy Moody scored 11 points and Mike Stewart added 10 for the Bobcats (4-7), who split the weekend series with the Vikings (2-8).
VInalhaven won 39-36 on Friday night.
Scott James had 16 rebounds and Shane Carlsen had 18 points to lead the Vikings.
Xavier Trask had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Richmond.

Girls basketball

Richmond 50, Vinalhaven 18: Jamie Plummer scored 15 points, 10 rebounds and five steals to lead the Bobcats in a Western D game. Payton Johnson also enjoyed a big game, finishing with 11 points, seven rebounds and six steals for Richmond (8-2).
Ashley Hamilton had 12 points to pace Vinalhaven (4-7).

Boys hockey

John Bapst 5, Messalonskee 4: Joe Archambault scored with 4 minutes, 59 seconds left in overtime to lift John Bapst to a come-from-behind victory over defending Eastern B champ Messalonskee.
Brothers Chase and Jared Cunningham had a goal and an assist for the Eagles (8-1-0), who led 4-2 early in the third period.
Jacob Fletcher scored a hat trick for the Crusaders (6-3-0).
Kurt Massey forced overtime when he scored with 2:20 left in the third.

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