To say Medomak Valley cheering coach Rachel Coor was nervous heading into Monday’s Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class  B championships at the Augusta Civic Center would be an understatement.

Not only were the Panthers hoping to knock off two-time defending champion Waterville to win their first conference title, they inadvertently upped the degree of difficulty last week when junior flyer Taylor Pelkey was sidelined with a badly sprained ankle.

“I fell over my base’s head and landed on [my ankle] wrong and sprained it,” said Pelkey. “It was a good one.”

“We had some discussions with her and with the trainer and we had a short practice yesterday and she was able to do most everything,” said Coor. “I still don’t think she was at her best today, but it was a lot better than a couple days ago.”

One hundred percent or not, Pelkey flew for the Panthers on a heavily taped ankle at the Augusta Civic Center and helped the Waldoboro-based squad to its first KVAC Class B championship.

The Panthers took first-place honors, while Leavitt of Turner finished second. The Waterville Purple Panthers, led by former Rockland District High School cheerleader Andrea Fullerton, finished fourth; while Mount View of Thorndike placed fifth.

Lewiston also nabbed the KVAC Class A title, while Hampden Academy took runner-up honors. The Class A and B championships were held the same day at the same venue.

The KVAC Class B team scores were: Medomak Valley 126.4, Leavitt 121.3, Gardiner 114.1, Waterville 105.7, Mount View of Thorndike 96.6, Oak Hill of Sabattus 96.2, Winslow 92.2, Nokomis of Newport 88.6, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield 85.3 and Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 80.4.

The KVAC Class A team scores were: Lewiston 139.4, Hampden Academy 137.4, Brewer 134.5, Oxford Hills of South Paris 133.9, Bangor 109.7, Edward Little of Auburn 130.4, Mount Blue of Farmington 129.4, Lawrence of Fairfield 116.4, Brunswick 109.7, Morse of Bath 107.8, Mount Ararat of Topsham 107.1, Erskine Academy of South China 87.9, Cony 85.5 and Messalonskee of Oakland 79.7.

Coach Coor was ecstatic with the results, especially given the fact that the Panthers have improved their KVAC score each year since she became the coach at the start of the 2008-09 season.

“I have some of the same kids that we started off with our first year, and I feel like they’ve really bought into everything that we’ve tried to sell them as far as fundamentals, philosophies and how hard we work,” she said. “It’s really satisfying to see it all come together.”

Despite a few “bobbles,” according to coach Coor, the Panthers made up a bundle of points in dance, motion and overall energy and appeal.

“They made up some points in some of the other categories,” she said. “We did a lot of the other stuff really, really well, and so I think that was just enough to make up for those few mistakes we had in our stunts.”

Coor added she and her team plan to celebrate the conference title for “about 24 hours,” then they will set their sights on the Western Class B championships on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 12:05 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center. The Panthers placed second in last year’s regional competition.

Mount View will participate in the Eastern Class B championships on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 3:10 p.m. at the Bangor Auditorium.

“We’ll go back to the scoresheets and see where we can make up [some points],” Coor said. “It certainly does need to be a little bit better at regionals if we want to do well there, but I think the kids have it in them and they’re fired up and so are we.”

Team members for the KVAC champs include Danielle Moshier, Pelkey, Savannah Chamberlain, Chelsea Wedge, Chelsea Creamer, Jennifer Delano, Brittany Alexander, Danica Bryant, Makayla Melody, Kelsie Grady, Molly Strunk, Charlene Wilbur, Jessica Prescott, Lindsey Miller, Haley Mank, Jennica Smith and Lori Meservey.

Team members for Mount View include Brittany Flewelling, Hayle Grover, Shelby Murdock, Amanda Barnes, Sarah Wilson, Kalaa Moody, Mykayla McCormick, Christina Dimmitt, Katie Ross, Lindsey Lizotte, Alyss Crooker, Siiri Pinkham and Nicole Parker.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.