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By Ben Muir 

PHS cheer takes first at regionals in fourth straight year


March 15, 2018

Photo submitted by Veronica Maldonado

The cheer team at the Region V 2A Cheer Championship. Back row, from left: coach Veronica Maldonado, her son Mateo, Julia Niemi, Trinity Davis, Matthew Espeseth, Tanya Spears, Brandon Ware and Austin Dow. Front row, from left: Heather Berkley, Martha Johnson, Julia Evens, Merrick Nilsen, Sage Johnston (closest), Miranda Nilsen, LeAnn Lapeyri and coach Becky Fortna.

The cheer team in Petersburg placed first last weekend at the regional tournament in Ketchikan, securing its fourth straight title and prompting area coaches to say the Vikings should compete against bigger schools.

In the Petersburg boys basketball game against Metlakatla last Thursday, two people weren't watching the game. They were judges, tasked with observing the Petersburg cheer team. For about 20 minutes during warmups, through the second quarter and then a two-and-a-half-minute halftime routine, the Vikings would be scrutinized on smiling, motion technique, engagement with the game...

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