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Top Row: Kaileigh Dumont, MaKayla McShane, Skylar Meyers, Autumn Cavender, Gianna Sedlacek, Kendra Derbidge; Middle Row: Layla Ruesch, Emma Parmley, Brenley Skadburg, Chelsie Newman, Presley Skadburg, Brooklin Allen; Bottom Row: Brooklynn Sena, Layla Armstrong, Gracie Hall, Ava Ahlvers, Laila Trujillo, Brooklynn Reed

Special to The Ely Times

Last weekend, the Elyte All Start Cheer Team competed in their first competition at the Rocky Mountain UCA Championship in Sandy, Utah.

The girls competed against five other teams in the Junior Level 2 division bringing home a 3rd place trophy.  This talented group of 18 girls have been working towards their goal of competing since June 2017.

Tumble Bugs Gym is where these girls have been practicing with coaches Lexie Brown and Jenny Ahlvers.

The gym offers a tumbling and cheer program. The tumbling classes have been running for six years now. Ahlvers said they started a recreation team two years ago in hopes of turning into a competition team.

They currently have two teams that are still recreational.  One team is 8 years and under, and the other team is 9 years and older.

Ahlvers talked about how much time the girls had spent perfecting their techniques on tumbling, stunting, jumping and dancing. And in addition to practice, the girls held various fundraisers to purchase uniforms and pay for competition fees.

Tryouts for the 2018-2019 competition team in spring will be coming up soon.  They welcome girls and boys of all ages to participate in their tumbling and cheer program.

Ahlvers said, “When we made the decision to start competing several of the parents questioned whether the kids were performing at a level that was good enough for competition, but Lexie and I always believed this group of hard working and talented athletes deserved the chance to show everyone just how amazing they were.

“We are thrilled with how much progress they’ve made and we can’t wait to see what they do in future competitions.”