By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
March 6, 2014
For the second time this season, the Cheeriffic All-Stars have swept the competition.
The Logan-based all-star youth cheerleading squad took three first-places last weekend at the Jam Live event in Louisville, Ky.
The Cheeriffic Mini 1, Youth 2 and Junior Level 3 teams all took first place in the event which attracted squads from all over the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions.
All three Cheeriffic teams scored more than 90 points — considered a highwater mark in all-star cheerleading.
Only four teams in the entire competition reached 90 points.
Three of those were from Cheeriffic.
The Cheeriffic Youth 2 and Junior Level 3 teams were also crowned Grand Champions in their respective divisions. The Cheeriffic Junior Level 3 squad had the highest score in the entire competition with a 90.89.
It was another outstanding performance for the Cheeriffic All-Star teams, which are coached by Heather Bryant and Brittney Hartman.
Hartman said all three teams performed very well. Over the last month-plus since the previous competition the three squads have worked very hard to polish their complex routines.
“Yet again, The Lord has blessed us with three more spectacular wins,” Hartman said. “He gave the girls the strength and ability to nail their routines and wow the judges. All three teams have worked very hard this season and it has been paying off for them. I am so honored to have these girls to coach. They make these extremely hard routines look easy. They amaze me more and more after each competition.”
Since all three Cheeriffic teams had to learn new routines, Bryant said last weekend’s sweep seemed extra special.
“Looking back at the last competition to now all I can say is wow!” Bryant said. “Brittney and I gave all three teams new material which I think they executed very well. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work with such hard working girls. I am also thankful for dedicated parents who make tons of sacrifices to help these teams succeed. Over the years I’ve learned there is no ‘I’ in the work ‘team.’ Every girl is an asset and brings her very best to the team. I thank God for His provisions and blessings upon my life and my Cheeriffic family.”
Last weekend’s sweep wasn’t the first time Cheeriffic had pulled off the trifecta.
Back in December at the Americas Best Two-Day Competition in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Cheeriffic had also swept the event with three first-place finishes and Grand Championships by the Youth 2 and Junior 3 squads.
In four competitions so far, Cheeriffic’s Junior Level 3 team is a perfect 4-for-4 with four first-place finishes and three Grand Championships, also winning in competitions held in Indianapolis, Ind. (The Super Nationals), and Columbus, Ohio.
The Cheeriffic Mini 1 team — the youngest of the three squads — took second in Columbus, first in Tennessee, second in Indianapolis and now first in Louisville.
The Youth Level 2 team has also had a strong season so far with a third-place finish in Columbus, a first in Tennessee, a first in Indianapolis and a first in Louisville. The team also took a Grand Championship in Gatlinburg.
Summing it all up, Cheeriffic has won a staggering nine first-place finishes out of 12 possible and has taken home five Grand Championships.
Winning has become the norm for Cheeriffic, which claimed two overall U.S. National Championships in each of the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
All three Cheeriffic squads have already won paid bids to the season-ending U.S. Finals, which are scheduled for May 3-4 at Virginia Beach, Va.
Last weekend in Louisville, the Cheeriffic Junior Level 3 team also won a Platinum Bid for the U.S. Finals which will pay for part of the squad’s hotel stay.
In Louisville, the Cheeriffic Mini 1 squad finished with 90.35 points, smashing the seven-team field. The nearest team, the second-place Elite Cheer and Dance Mini Monsters of Clayton, Ind., were five points back with an 85.02.
The Cheeriffic Junior Level 3 team scored a 90.89 — a full point ahead of the second-place Legends Cheer Academy of Plainfield, Ind. A total of seven teams were in the division.
Cheeriffic’s Youth Level 2 team also dominated its eight-team field by scoring a 90.24, ahead of the second-place Champions All-Stars of Lawrenceburg, Ky., which had an 87.68.
Two events are left on Cheeriffic’s 2013-14 season schedule.
Next up is a Jam Live competition in Charlotte, N.C., April 4-5.
The teams will then finish the season with the U.S. Finals.
Cheeriffic was originally scheduled to compete in the Championship Cup Cruise, set for April 14-19 in The Bahamas, but the competition was cancelled by event organizers. Cheeriffic coaches then picked up Charlotte as the replacement.