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Web exclusive, February 17, 2011
DIS Cheerleaders take runner-up position in state competition

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A happy DIS cheerleading team

A happy DIS cheerleading team at the state tournament—At back left, Sarah Burgess, co-captain Amber Jones, Paige Rollins (partially hidden). Front from left, Dakota Brown, Krystyn Davis, Emma Merritt, Sarah Wilson, Belle Merritt, co-captain Kelsey Davis, Coach Kim Larsen, Stephanie Siebert and Kennady Eaton.

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by Jamie Sarna

The Deer Isle-Stonington High School cheerleaders went back to the Bangor Auditorium ready to rock the place on February 12. And—according to the fans that packed the place—they did. The team pulled an upset, coming from a third place finish in regional competition two weeks ago, to a very close second at the state championship with a spirited and difficult routine. The full title they brought home is “2011 Runners-Up Class D. ”

Coach Kim Larsen was delighted with the performance. “They awed the fans. We had five of the 11 girls up in stunts at one time or another, which is a pretty incredible feat.”

Another incredible feat? Coach Larsen motivated her athletes to this stirring performance several days after losing her voice, a double occupational hazard as she teaches English at the high school. Larsen has been coaching for more than 25 years, following her own cheering career at Lock Haven State University in Pennsylvania.

Larsen continued, “The Deer Isle-Stonington squad is a talented group of young women with high intensity. Our lone senior, Kelsey Davis, is also our captain. We’re already making plans for next year, and we have a lot of talent coming up.”