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Dakota Colvin, Jayden DiTamasso and Madison Bennett Y3 Vanity

Historical Big Win for Small Hometown Gym

CHEERSPORT Nationals

CHEERSPORT Nationals is a very important, annual event held at the World Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. It is one of the biggest cheering events in the world. Our very own South Georgia Allstars, from the small town of Hahira, Georgia took over Nationals with a historic win. Out of nearly eighteen thousand competitors across two days, they came home with five first-place wins.

The entering teams from SGA were five full-year teams and two prep teams. The prep teams got to experience CHEERSPORT for the first time. Prep teams: The Lady Diamonds, Senior 2.1 received a second place and Shimmer, Youth 1.1 received third place. All teams, full year and prep, were in second or third place going into day two of the competition. All five full-year teams won first place on day two for the big win! (Full year team– full time, Prep team- part-time)

You may be wondering what is so historical about Hahira team’s wins? Many teams may carry ten groups and only come home with five first place wins. That is an equal number of wins, but our very own SGA took five full-year teams and came back with five first-place wins. That is a 100% win and is almost unheard of in the cheer world, especially for a small-town team.

In addition to the regular competition, CHEERSPORT also hosted the best tumbler event. Eighteen of the best tumblers from across the country were selected to compete out of all the athletes that applied. Both Taylor Wright and Christiana Patterson have been trying out and applying for four years. This is the first year that they were able to compete and take the stage. “Both did very well,” said Coach Emily Jones.

As with any event, there was a standout moment that impressed everyone and put on display the determination for a win from SGA. Going into day two, one of the athletes fell during a stunt and the team placed seconded. On day two, as they were again performing, someone started to wobble. Layne Barringer used all her power to keep the athlete up in the stunt and made her team a success.

Five full year teams, 5 wins

Two of the SGA senior team members will be going on to compete in two more competitions. Having won the CHEERSPORT Nationals, if they win in Dallas and then in Orlando (the next two events), they will be Triple Crown winners.

Coach and co-owner Ariel Harmon says the community can be proud of these local athletes. “Coming off a win is very hard,” she said. “We don’t want the athletes to get complacent. It is hard for them to celebrate the win because the next competition is just around the corner. We will be taking one team, our Senior 5, to Dallas to compete in a few days.”

In addition to their school schedules and traveling, the Senior 5 team must adjust their lives, school, extracurricular activities, family, and work to get enough rest to sustain themselves through the intense competitions. 

Here Are The Winning Teams

 

Legacy, Senior Restricted

1st place and paid D2 Summit Bid

Coaches: Ariel Harmon and Emily Jones

Team members: Simone Brock, Lilly Kate
Campbell, Kayla Fortenberry, Jenna Brooke Gann, Riley Hall, Paige Hobbs, Shelby
Norman, Christiana Patterson, Camille Spencer, Delia White, Jordyn Williams,
Taylor Wright, Kloie Yawn, Campbell Mutert.

Prodigy, Senior Coed

1st place and D2 Summit Bid

Coaches: Emily Jones and Julius Peacock

Team members: Harley Balch, Hayden Balch, Taylor Bennett, Ellie Carlock, Makinley Clark, Jacey Gaiss, Abigail Gilbert, Chassity Griffin, Morgan Griffin, Tori Griner, Nicole Haugabrook, Presleigh Orrell, Michael Reaves, Hope Ritter, Lillie Robinson, Zariah Rockmore, Camille Spencer, Abigail Steffen, Simone Brock.

Vanity, Youth 3

1st place and D2 Summit Bid

Coaches: Emily Jones and Ariel Harmon

Team members: Ava Barfield, Layne Barringer, Madison Bennett, Alona Bryant, Kayley Davis, Jayden DiTomasso, Braylyn Gilson, Kylah Howell, Leyla Munoz, Mary Neal, Caellyn Yearby, Paisley Orrell, Dakota Colvin.

Divinity, Youth 2

1st place and D2 Summit Bid

Coaches: Ariel Harmon and Emily Jones

Team members: Lauren Ball, Brooke Chandler, Aubree Daniel, Kylee Faulkner, Maggie Kavanagh, London McMillan, Kendall Newton, Adelyn Norman, Paisley Orrell, Mackensie Perron, Emery Pettigrew, Julia Reinertsen, Amelia Trieu.

Baby Bling, Tiny Novice

1st place

Coaches: Ariel Harmon, Emily Jones, and Madison Bennett

Team members: Kambry Davis, Baylie Griffin, Alani Harley, Landreigh Redfern, Juliana Templetion, Raegan Wright.

Lady Diamonds, Senior 2.1 Prep

2nd place

Coach: Claire Brink

Team members: Gracie Graham, Hatie Moss, Brooklyn Rice, Jazmyn Stewart, Hailey Strickland, Paisley Fletcher.

Shimmer, Youth 1.1 Prep

3rd place

Coach: Claire Brink

Team members: Baylee Anderson, Laegan Dorminey, Paisley Fletcher, Baylee Gandy, Elizabeth Stalvey.

For more information about South Georgia Allstars Cheerleading and Tumbling contact 229-794-1313 or visit their website at www.southgaallstars.com. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

They are located at 7400 GA Hwy 122 W, Hahira, Georgia

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Dana Ellis is usually found reading a book, and that book is more than likely a Ted Dekker thriller. For her, writing was not a passion until adulthood. Then it became a gripping obsession, and with her books, Vengeance and FADE, it became a reality. Vengeance is a book loosely based on Dana’s own story of molestation and healing. FADE is her thoughts, poems, and art photography of her journey. In addition to reading mesmerizing page-turners, Dana loves blogging, playing with colors while painting for pleasure, photography, homeschooling, and ministering to women who are victims of sexual abuse. She is a licensed and ordained minister and has a bachelor’s degree in Church Ministry. She lives in Georgia, with her husband and children.

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