It was another banner year for youth all-star cheerleading in Logan.
For the Southern Elite All-Stars of Logan it was probably its best season ever.
Southern Elite’s Youth 2 squad took third place in the final Champions Challenge rankings which were released recently.
The Southern Elite’s Junior 3 level team was sixth in the nation in its division in the final rankings.
The Champions Challenge ranks all of the winners in all of the division in eight US Finals locations across the country which were held in Indianapolis, Pensacola (Fla.), Chicago, Omaha (Neb.), Galveston (Texas), Providence (R.I.), Virginia Beach (Va.) and Las Vegas.
The Southern Elite Youth 2 and Junior 3 teams had both took first places in the US Finals competition held in Pensacola to advance to the Champions Challenge.
Southern Elite coach Jamie Tomblin said the high finishes in the national rankings made her extremely proud of her entire cheerleading organization.
“I knew from the start this was an exceptionally talented group of kids,” Tomblin said. “They have an amazing work ethic, which was rewarded with a great season and the jackets. I’m unbelievably proud of all four teams for finishing so well in the overall US Finals rankings. Just advancing through to the Champions Challenge is huge, so for our Youth 2 to rank third and our first ever J3 at the gym to rank sixth nationally is awesome! Wow! I’m beyond proud.”
Southern Elite also fielded Tiny and Mini teams this season.
“Although our Minis and Tinys didn’t advance to The Challenge, they still had a wonderful season. The Minis ended up 25th and the Tinys 16th in the country,” Tomblin said. “I’m very excited to see what the future holds for Southern Elite. God is truly blessing the gym. We give him all the praise and glory.”
Southern Elite’s other coach, Alex Justice, was also proud of the national rankings.
“I cannot even begin to describe how proud I am of all four teams in our gym,” Justice said. “They all gave great performances in The US Finals. To even be in the Champions Challenge is a huge accomplishment. When we heard that our Junior girls ended sixth and our Youth 2 ended third we knew it was something to truly be proud of. Our girls have had an amazing season and we could not be more proud of them.”
In the final Champions Challenge Youth 2 rankings, Cheer St. Louis of O’Fallon, Missouri, were crowned national champs. Team Illiniois Cheerleading of Plainfield, Ill., was second.
Southern Elite was third, beating its crosstown rivals, the Cheeriffic All-Stars of Logan which were fourth. The Cheeriffic Youth 2 team had competed in the Division II Summit nationals in Tampa, Fla., and was second out of 42 teams after winning the US Finals in Indianapolis.
The Bay State All-Stars of Shrewsbury, Mass., was fifth and Cheer Empire of Cumberland, Md., was sixth.
In the final Junior 3 national rankings, Cheer St Louis was first, the Terre Haute Cheer University of Terre Haute, Ind., was second and the Top Notch Cheer and Dance team of Fremont, Ohio, was third.
The USA Wildcats of Naugatuck, Conn., was fourth, the Shore Pride All Stars of Millsboro, Del., was fifth the SEAS was sixth.
* The Cheeriffic All-Stars Tiny 1 team won the overall national championship for the second straight year. It was the seventh overall national championship for Cheeriffic in the last five years.
The Crimson Heat All Stars of Forestville, Md., was second and the New York Icons of Rochester, N.Y., was third.
Taking fourth was the Cheer Time Revolution team of Sherwood, Ark. The CTA Highflyers of Morgantown, W.Va., was fifth and the Cheer City United Cabot of Cabot, Ark., took sixth.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).