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Cheerleaders spring to victory

By EMERY SKOLFIELD
Published April 1, 2007


The trophy they earned for their efforts is seemingly as tall as some members of the Cheer Express Senior Red All-Stars cheerleading squad. That's saying something, considering that at the 2007 Cheersport Nationals last month in Atlanta, the Tarpon Springs-based Cheer Express All-Stars stood mighty tall.

Competing against 34 teams in the Senior Small Level 3 division, Cheer Express Senior Red amassed 565.5 points to capture a national title and hoist their sizeable trophy - or at least pose next to it. Their score was the third-highest total among 241 senior-level squads competing at the event and topped their nearest divisional competitor by nearly 30 points.

The Cheer Express All-Stars have six first-place finishes and one runnerup this season.

Team members are: Brittany Boyden, Danielle Cummings, Mikayla Donisi, Kimmy Gooch, Alison Hassell, Mikaeli Hassell, Christie Jauch, Angela Kalouris, Morgan Kosloski, Chrissy Louvaris, Sami Norris, Brianca Phillippe, Taylor Rowland, Kaila Schlimm, Hayley Shockley, Amber Smith, Lexy Walker, Courtney Williams, Brittany Williams and Breanna Worth.

The Florida Top Dog All-Stars Largo finished fourth in Youth Level 1 and sixth in Junior Level 4 and Senior Level 3 at the Cheersport Nationals.

HOCKEY: The Oldsmar-based Tampa Maple Leafs are competing this weekend in the Tier II 18-and-under division of the USA Hockey National Championships in Fraser, Mich. The Maple Leafs, whose home facility is the Tampa Bay Skating Academy, earned a berth into the 12-team national field by winning the Tier II state title followed by victory in the Tier II Southeastern District tournament in Estero.

Players for the Maples Leafs are: Nathan Altman, John Cannone, Eric Cosma, Michael Fowler, Cory Fuller, Chad Goodwin, Lucas Kelsey, Nick Kraese, Bary Preusch, Scott Short, Andrew Albertson, Nick Buchholz, Chad Bryan, Michael Frank, Matthew Rand, Eric Thompson, Nick Johnson and Charlie O'Conner.

The team is coached by Mike Frank, who is assisted by Tom Buchholz.

GYMNASTICS: LaFleur's Gymnastic Club (Largo) edged the rival Tampa Bay Turners (St. Petersburg) for team titles in two levels of the USA Gymnastics Florida State Championships on March 24-25 in Coral Springs.

Behind Taylor King's meet-high all-around score of 38.425 and age group all-around victories from Kaitlin Green and Amanda Condreay, La- Fleur's Level 8 team squeezed past the Turners by 0.025 points.

In Level 9, LaFleur's Sarena Bumbarger extended her strong of all-around titles by winning the vault and beam. Dali Lemezan won the vault and floor en route to an all-around victory in her age group, while Taylor Sides (vault) also earned an all-around title.

For the Level 8 Turners, Kylie Moran and Christina Pheil each won two events and the all-around. In the process, both earned spots on the Level 8 Florida team along with teammate Destiny Ezell. The Florida team will compete at the regional meet on April 13-15 in Durham, N.C.

In Level 9, Naomi DeVries captured an all-around title for the Turners.

The Turners also fared well at their own meet - the Tampa Bay Turners Invitational - on March 9-11 at the Manatee Civic Center in Palmetto. Ezell won the beam and floor on the way to an all-around victory in her Level 8 age group. In Level 9, Shelby Hilton won two events and the all-around for the Turners.

The Oldsmar Boys Gymnastics Club competed at the USAG State Championships on March 16-18 in Lake Mary. Jeffrey Burns earned a silver medal in on the bars at Level 7, and Sean Bauer was second overall in his Level 5 age group. Team members will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., for the regional meet on April 14.

If you have youth sports news that you would like to see included in this youth column, please contact Times correspondent Emery Skolfield at (727) 481-2027 or via e-mail at sptimesyouth@yahoo.com.