It didn’t take long for the Cheeriffic All-Star cheerleaders of Logan to make its mark in the 2015-16 season.
Cheeriffic’s Youth 2 team qualified for next spring’s Summit Nationals with a first-place showing last Sunday at the season-opening Cheersport Championships at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C.
The Youth 2 team was also named Grand Champions in all of Level 2.
Cheeriffic also took two other squads to North Carolina as the Tiny 1 team took first place and the Junior 3 team had a third-place showing.
It’s the second straight year Cheeriffic has qualified a team for the Summit, which is a defacto national/world competition. Last summer, the Cheeriffic Junior 2 squad advanced to The Summit, which was held in Orlando, Fla.
This year’s Division II Summit, exclusively for gyms with 125 athletes or less, is scheduled to take place April 30-May 1 in Tampa, Fla.
At Raleigh, the Cheeriffic Tiny 1 team took first place out of five total teams. The Youth 2 team was first out of six. The Cheeriffic Junior 3 team was third in its five-team division.
“What a way to kick off the season,” Cheeriffic coach Heather Bryant said. “We are truly blessed to be awarded a bid to the Summit at our first event of the season. Only the best of the best are invited to compete at the Summit and for our team to win the bid this early in the season is a dream come true.”
Cheeriffic’s other coach, Brittney Hartman said she’s happy with the three team’s performances at Raleigh.
“Wow. That is the first word that comes to mind when we reflect back to our team’s performances in Raleigh,” Hartman said. “All three teams were simply amazing. Each team had a great showing and made not only us as coaches proud but also all of their parents and families proud too. We are so thankful for our cheer family for all the dedication they put in each season. Also, want to say a huge thank you to Linda Akers. Your love and support helps the girls achieve these goals and championships. They always look forward to having their ‘Good Luck Shamu Cookies.’
“We can’t wait to see what this season holds for these fabulous Cheeriffic teams. ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.”
Cheeriffic is coming off an outstanding 2014-15 season in which the Tiny 1 team won the overall national championship — the organization’s sixth national title in the last four years.
The Cheeriffic All-Stars are scheduled to compete again Dec. 5-6 in the America’s Best Two-Day Championships at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).