Over the last decade, the Cheeriffic All-Star cheerleaders of Logan have had many successful weekends and many successful competitions.
Two weekends ago at the Super Nationals, Cheeriffic might have had its biggest weekend ever.
All three Cheeriffic teams took first place in the event, which was held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Cheeriffic Tiny 1 team grabbed first place in its eight-team division, were named Grand Champions in Level 1 and also won a Gold Paid Bid for the upcoming US Finals later in the year. The team also won the Best Choreography Award.
The Cheeriffic Tiny team was crowned as the overall national champions last year.
The Cheeriffic Youth 2 team also won first place in its 25-team division. The team was Grand Champions in all of Level 2 and garnered the highest score out of all of the 550 teams in the entire competition, winning the prestigious Jeremi Saunders High Point Award.
Also, the Cheeriffic Junior 3 squad took first place in its 24-team division.
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” Cheeriffic Coach Heather Bryant said. “Back-to-back sweeps for Cheeriffic All-Stars. It’s a honor to win first place at the Super Nationals, and to make it even sweeter the Cheeriffic girls also were crowned Grand Champion times two and won the Choreography Award. But the icing on the cake was the Jeremi Sanders High Point Award. For those of you that don’t know about the cheerleading world, this award means the Cheeriffic Youth Level 2 had the highest score in the entire competition. I’m still in shock receiving this award.”
With only around 35 total girls in the entire Cheeriffic organization, the team was one of the smallest at the Super Nationals.
“Just think, our little gym from Logan, West Virginia, outscored 550 teams,” Bryant said. “The Cheeriffic program was blessed to have known Jeremi Sanders throughout the years. He was the go-to guy for scoring questions. Jeremi is truly missed by his family, friends and the cheerleading world.”
The Cheeriffic Junior 3 team beat squads from Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Mississippi, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Maryland.
Cheeriffic’s Tiny 1 team toppled teams from Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky.
The Youth 2 squad from Cheeriffic beat squads from several states, including, Wisconsin, Indiana, Maryland, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado and Ohio.
Bryant also said her mother Teresa was able to give the team moral support even though she wasn’t able to make it to Indy.
“When preparing both days for competition, we Facetimed with my mom, Teresa Bryant. While the teams were speaking with her, she asked the girls who their champion is. The girls replied back with God,” Bryant said. “They knew the Lord would see them through this competition and help give them the strength and favor to come out victorious. These girls and their faith is the most reassuring aspect about our program. We, as their coaches, have taught them that God is the one that helps them, guides them and shows favor upon our little program time after time.”
Cheeriffic’s other coach, Brittney Hartman, said the girls worked hard and seized the moment.
“First off, I want to say this past weekend was a huge event that help show so many people what hard work and dedication can get you,” Hartman said. “Our girls strive to have the best routines out there and do not stop working until their goals are met. I couldn’t have imagined being awarded so many high achievements at Super Nationals — the Super Bowl of all-star cheerleading. But here we are, a very small gym from Logan, West Virginia with them in our possession. It was a great weekend to be a Cheeriffic All-Star. I look forward to seeing these teams continue to grow and develop and cannot wait to see what else they will accomplish this season.”
Hartman said all three Cheeriffic teams had very high scores.
“Not only did all three teams perform their hearts out, all three teams won their divisions with very high scores,” she said. “We work very hard to have very unique and extremely hard routines for every team we have.”
Hartman said winning the Saunders Award was one of the best achievements ever for Cheeriffic.
“Out of all the accomplishments the teams over the years have earned, this high point award takes the cake,” she said. “It is the biggest honor to have received this. It’s a way for the Jambrands to honor such an amazing person that helped to form the scoring systems in place today in the all-star cheerleading industry. Jeremi is a truly missed individual in the all-star world. I know the coaches of Cheeriffic miss him and our hearts are still heavy with him being gone all too soon.”
The Cheeriffic Youth 2 team has also won a bid to the Division II Summit, scheduled for early May in Tampa, Fla.
Cheeriffic’s Junior 3 squad made it to last year’s all-division Summit, which was held in Orlando, Fla., at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
This year’s Summit is being split into two divisions — Division I for big gyms and Division II for small gyms such as Cheeriffic.
“This is an invitation only competition that only the best of the best compete at. This season will make our second season attending the Summit,” Hartman said. “Our Junior 3 team won their division out of 24 teams. This is an unheard of number of teams in one division and our girls went out on those competition mats and proved to Indy just how talented they truly are. Both days, their performances were spectacular and left me in awe of how amazing they were.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).