HS Sports

Cheerleaders mentor their younger counterparts

STANDISH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For years the high school cheerleaders at Bonny Eagle High School have taken their grade school counterparts under their wing to teach them the finer points of cheering.

"I think it is pretty rewarding, cause you learn a lot from the kids and you learn stuff about yourself that when you were little you might not have known," explained junior cheerleader Whitney Phillips, who herself was a participant in the cheering program starting in 2nd grade.

"It is something that I see like a life lesson," she added.  "To see what they had to go through with us, and now having to go through it personally, it is like a really good experience."

"They absolutely love the program," gushed Carrie Walker, president of the Bonny Eagle Cheering Boosters.  "We start in 2nd grade and go through 8th grade, and we have more parents calling us, how soon can my child get involved."

Officials needed at all levels of high school sports

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Looking to make some extra cash, be more physically active and work with kids?  Then becoming an official might be for you.

"We are always looking for good new people to come in to the officiating business and get the training and climb the ladder to the varsity level," stated Dick Durost, executive director of the Maine Principals' Association

"Almost always there's enough officials on a board available to do the varsity games," explained Durost.   "The JV level, the freshman level, and certainly down into the middle school level, that's the training grounds.  That's where we need, across the state, new people interested in building the skills, and knowledge to go with it, and provide the training ground for those officials that ultimately do the varsity games."