With six overall national championships over the last four years, the Cheeriffic All-Star cheerleaders of Logan is turning itself into a nationally known brand.
Three weekends ago, the Cheeriffic Youth 2 team competed in the Division II Summit in Tampa, Fla., the defacto national championships for all-star cheerleading.
Cheeriffic competed very well, taking second place out of 42 teams in its division in the prestigious event.
It’s one of the best ever showings for Cheeriffic on the national stage.
This year’s showing was another feather in the cap for Cheeriffic.
The Youth 2 team was third place after Day 1 nd advanced, eventually moving into a second-place tie after Day 2 with the CTA Highflyers Spitfire team out of Morgantown, W.Va.
In the finals, Cheeriffic beat out teams from North Carolina, Kansas, Rhode Island, Missouri, Louisiana, Indiana, Texas, New York, Georgia, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
Teams from 46 states and from as far away as California, Maine and Hawaii took part in the event. Over 9,000 cheerleaders were on hand at the invitation-only competition.
It was the second straight year Cheeriffic competed at the Summit.
Last year, the Cheeriffic Junior 2 squad placed 22nd in an all-division international Summit competition which was held in Orlando, Fla., going against large cheerleading organizations from metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, the Metro New York City area and Tokyo, Japan.
This year, large gyms and small gyms like Cheeriffic were split off into Division I and Division II to be more fair.
Cheeriffic’s Youth 2 team took full advantage with its Division II runner-up finish.
“The Summit is an invitation only competition that only the best of the best compete at. Every team is a first place team, their catch phrase is ‘Where bids are earned NOT given.’ And truly that’s our Youth 2 team,” said Cheeriffic coach and team founder Heather Bryant. “This is Cheeriffic’s second time attending the Summit. This year we were against 42 teams in our division and only the top 15 competed on Day Two. On Day One when the standings were unfolding, the announcer said, ‘I think this next team is terriffic. Going on to Day Two is the Cheeriffic All-Stars.’ The girls were on Cloud Nine. They went out onto those competition mats and proved to Tampa just how talented they truly are.”
Bryant said she was proud of her cheerleaders.
“Both days, their performances were spectacular and left me in awe of how amazing they were. As the awards were unfolding on Day Two, I kept thinking about how blessed our little gym is and it’s an honor to be at this event. Our Youth 2 team brought home second place and I couldn’t be more proud of our girls. This team has been hungry and driven since Day One. The Lord has truly blessed them with wonderful talents.”
Cheeriffic’s other coach Brittney Hartman said taking second at the Summit made all of the months of hard work pay off.
“I cannot even put into words how proud I am of the Cheeriffic Youth 2 team,” Hartman said. “The D2 Summit is like the Worlds of the younger age all-star cheerleading teams. Our team competed like champions at the D2 Summit in Tampa. Went out both days and had two amazing performances. They set the bar high and their scores showed it. This team scored the highest scores of their season at this event.”
Hartman said the competition Cheeriffic faced was very tough.
“The teams invited to this event are all first-place teams, national champions and more. And our little team from Logan went and held their own,” she said. “A second place at this event to us is just as impressive as first — especially second place out of 42 teams in just our division.”
It was an amazing finish to an amazing season, Hartman said.
“This team had an amazing season being undefeated in their regular season and a second at the most prestigious invitation only competition there is,” she said. “Our Youth 2 team is made up of some of the hardest working, dedicated little girls I know. Each practice they would strive to get better and better and grow in their skills. From their first practice of the season to their very last performance, they never ceased to amaze me.”
The Cheeriffic Youth 2 team and Tiny 1 team was awaiting word this week for the results from the Champions Challenge, which crowns the overall national champions in each division.
Since both the Cheeriffic Youth 2 and Tiny 1 teams won US Finals championships earlier in the season at Indianapolis the squads were in the running for overall national titles.
Last year, the Tiny 1 team of Cheeriffic was crowned national champions.
Cheeriffic has won six overall national titles since 2012.