Cheerleaders compete in Orlando


By Patricia Ann Speelman - pspeelman@aimmedianetwork.com



The Youth Hiss team from Sidney’s United Tumbling Academy competes in the D2 Summit, a national competition, in Orlando, Friday, May 12. Their routine will be streamed live, Sunday.

The Youth Hiss team from Sidney’s United Tumbling Academy competes in the D2 Summit, a national competition, in Orlando, Friday, May 12. Their routine will be streamed live, Sunday.


ORLANDO, Fla. — Three teams of the United Tumbling Academy, a cheerleading training facility in Sidney, have been selected to compete in one of the nation’s most prestigious cheerleading competitions for small gyms.

During the D2 Summit, today and Sunday, area residents can watch live streaming of United’s Senior Venom team at 9:10 a.m., today, at Varsity.com. The junior Poison team will compete, Sunday, at 12:21 p.m. The youth Hiss team will compete, Sunday, at 1:24 p.m. There is a fee to subscribe to the streaming.

The D2 Summit is at Walk Disney World Resort’s ESPN Wide World of Sports and will conclude Sunday. Gyms that compete in Division 2 train fewer than 125 athletes annually. More than 800 teams comprise this year’s competition.

“Teams competing at the D2 Summit must receive a bid at a prior competition to be eligible to participate, said Brian Elza, co-general manager and vice president of sales for Varsity All Star. “That’s what makes the D2 Summit so rewarding for competitors. if they don’t climb their way to the top throughout their season, they won’t make it to the Summit.”

Members of the Hiss team are 8 to 11. They include Caylee Barga, Rhyanna Reese and Kristyn Rinehart, of Sidney; Brooke Metzler, Bree Metzler, Brooke Pettus, Makenna Pettus, Lillie Howell and Cadence Berning, of Anna; Ashley Metz, of Botkins; Mckenzie Waterman and Chloe Monfort, of New Bremen; Emily Harrod and Karlin Lee, of Wapakoneta; Chloey Nelson, of St. Marys; Kendal Vogelgesang, Brailynn Murphy and Alex Spicer, of Lima; Kami Butcher, Alivia Bolton, Aubrey Simpson and Haley Kizer, of Celina; and Addelynn Bowman, of Troy.

Members of the Venom team are 12 to 18. They include Jazmin Boatman, Autumn Neville and Kami Harris, of Sidney; Katie Thomas, of Anna; Elly Bruce, Kyle Bruce, Sierra Maxwell and Hallie Voisin, of Celina; Ashely Langenkamp, of Coldwater; Kaleigh Clark, Olivia Clark, Olivia Pulfer, Mattie Okief, Morgan Zellmann, Lexi Fisher and Julia Hutchins, of Lima; Brielle Dirmeyer, of Van Wert; Keara Williams, of Continental; and Abby Weer, of Covington.

Members of the Poison team are 10 to 14 and include Kami Harris, Jazmin Boatman, Brylie Casiano, Amber Townsend and Sarah Miu, of Sidney; Taylor Bechtel, Allie Hutchins, Marissa Daley, Mattie Okief, McKenna Okief, Alexa Lyons, Camden Pauff and Bayli Hennon, of Lima; Elly Bruce, Kameryn Cline and Nicole Warnement, of Celina; Ashley Langenkamp, of Coldwater; Ashley Schuh, of Wapakoneta; and Emma Freewalt and Chloey Nelson, of St. Marys.

For information about the academy, visit www.unitedtumblingacademy.com.

The Youth Hiss team from Sidney’s United Tumbling Academy competes in the D2 Summit, a national competition, in Orlando, Friday, May 12. Their routine will be streamed live, Sunday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2017/05/web1_cheerleading.jpgThe Youth Hiss team from Sidney’s United Tumbling Academy competes in the D2 Summit, a national competition, in Orlando, Friday, May 12. Their routine will be streamed live, Sunday.

By Patricia Ann Speelman

pspeelman@aimmedianetwork.com

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4824.

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