Paul AdkinsSports Editor
March 28, 2013
For the second straight year, the Logan-based Cheeriffic All-Star youth cheerleading squad has brought home another national championship.
This time, it was actually an international title.
Earlier this month at the Universal Cheer Association International Championships in Orlando, Fla., Cheeriffic All-Star squads took first place, second, third and fourth in four different divisions, facing difficult competition from both the United States and abroad.
The UCA Internationals, which were held March 9-10, attracted more than 450 teams from all over the country as well as foreign squads from Canada, Colombia, Germany, Ecuador, Japan, South Korea, Costa Rica and Chile.
Competitions were held at the Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as well as the Indiana Jones Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The Cheeriffic Youth Level 2 team, known as the Divas, took the international championship by topping teams from all over the country. The team won first place by beating out the second-place Matrix Gym of Huntsville, Ala. Cheer SD of San Diego, Calif, was third place. The Force Elite Twisters of Snellville, Ga., was fourth while the Blue Angels Youth All-Stars of Culpepper, Va., took fifth. The Winter Park Shine All-Stars of Winter Park, Fla., was sixth, while the Gravity Cheer Orbits team of Long Island, N.Y., was seventh. The Cheerformance Xtreme Fire team of Boca Raton, Fla., was eighth.
The Cheeriffic Small Junior Level 3 team was second place in its division. The Rocket Cheer Junior Elite team of Palmer, Pa., was the winner. In third place was Cheer Core of Collingwood, Ontario (Canada). The Cheer SD Showstoppers of San Diego took fourth, while the Cheer Wisconsin White Out team was fifth. The Colegio Nuestra Senora Del Divino AM squad from Colombia was sixth place.
The Cheeriffic Mini Level 2 squad, known as the Sparkles, took third in its 11-team division at the UCA Internationals. The Twister All-Stars of Washington Court House, Ohio were first, while Cheer Savannah of Savannah, Ga., was second. The Flip City All-Stars were third place. In fourth were the Flip City All-Stars of Florida. The Turner’s Mini All-Stars of Johnstown, Pa., grabbed fifth place.
In sixth were the River Cities Mini Rebels, another West Virginia squad, from Hurricane. The Spirit Athletics Celebrity Stars of Salon, Ohio, took seventh, while the Buckeye Cheer Elite team of Ohio was eighth. The Pro Athletics Fierce Kidz of Boston, Mass., were ninth. The Colegio Nuestra Senora Del Divino of Amor, Bucaramanga (Colombia) was 10th place. The Utah Flash All-Star Flames of Pleasant Grove, Utah, was 11th.
In the 11-team Level 1 Small Mini division, the Cheeriffic All-Stars took fourth place against stiff competition.
The Longhorn Cheer Athletics Aces team of San Antonio, Texas, won the championship in the Level 1 Minis, while the Cheer Zone squad of Owensboro, Ky., was second. The Liberty All-Stars Mini Red team of Jersey City, N.J., was third. The Envision All-Stars from Hudson, Fla., took fifth place behind Cheeriffic.
In sixth place in the Level Small Mini division were the First Class Athletics Royal Highnesses squad. Taking seventh were the Boss Cheerleading and Gymnastics Boss All-Stars from London, Ky. The Rocket Cheer Mini Satellite team was eighth, while the Eastern Tumble and Cheer Eastern Hurricanes were ninth. The Southaven Wildcats of Southaven, Miss., were 10th. The Blue Angels All-Star team of Culpepper, Va., was 11th.
* The Cheeriffic All-Stars traveled to Louisville, Ky., last weekend for a Jamfest event and took first place in the Level 1 Large Youth Cheer division.
The team was also named Grand Champion in Level 1 and received a paid bid to the U.S. Finals.
Cheeriffic scored a 90.2, the highest for any team in the entire competition. Second place was Interactive Academy of Zionsville, Ind., which had an 86.85 score. Third were the hometown Valley Xtreme Youth Dedication team of Louisville with an 85.99.
The Cheeriffic Mini 1 squad was fourth place out of 10 teams with a final score of 84.9. First was the Cheer Zone team of Owensboro, Ky., with an 87.32. The Power Cheer Mini Ambition squad of Louisville was second with an 85.67. Taking third place was the Queen City Storm All-Stars Thunder team of Cincinnati with an 83.82.
The Cheeriffic Minis beat teams from Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana.
The Cheeriffic All-Stars have one more event to close out the season — the U.S. Finals. Cheeriffic won two national titles at the U.S. Finals last year, which was held in Orlando.
The Cheeriffic All-Stars are coached by Heather Bryant and Brittney Hartman.
Hartman said the cheerleaders have worked very hard to get where they are at.
“We are truly blessed to have these amazingly talented girls on our team,” she said. “It is extraordinary how a team can come together to perform and execute a routine at the level that these girls did in Louisville. These girls are an answered prayer from God.”
Bryant said she is very proud of her girls.
“As a coach I want to say how very proud I am of these girls,” she said. “They have the desire, the dream and the vision to be the best they can be. To God I give all the glory.”
The team practices out of the Flip-N-Twist Gym in downtown Logan.