HEAT Tumblers Compete In Pana

(Left to right) 1st. Coach Caitlyn Voyles, Jackson Cunningham, Isabelle Zbinden, Jensyn Masset, Chloe Atkins, Hailey Laurent, Kyla Greenwood, Myka LaChance, Mya Neely, Piper Walk, Kate Cunningham 2nd. Marisa Shipman, Libby Watson, Jenna Durbin, Hannah Laurent, Carly Bland, Liah Hoyle, Gracie Chambers, Gracelynn Crayne, Auni Wollin, Avery Maddaleno, Autumn Wildhaber, Coach Amanda Cunningham 3rd. Coach Heather Greenwood, Lainey Lessman, Kinsley Trader, Summer Spencer, Livi Wehrle, Bella Lueken, Alyssa Aubuschon, Cameron Engleman, Briley Kirby, Kamdyn Putnam, Amya Greenwood, Leighton Warchol, Kailey Weiss, Mackenzie Harnetiaux 4th. Coach/Athlete Cate Leible, Raegan Skinner, Haylee Hediger, Marcie Carroll, Marah Huber, Maddie Lofland, Albany Kindernay, Coach Lisa Shipman, Coach Abby Jo Chambers

On April 21st and 22nd, 65 athletes from Hilltop Elite Academy of Tumbling and Trampoline, Inc. (HEAT) traveled to Pana, IL, for the Southern Illinois State Competition to compete against other USTA (United States Tumbling and Trampoline Association) athletes in the entire southern region of Illinois.

Many students were competing against groups of forty to fifty other competitors. Athletes placing in the top ten of their group received trophies. Athletes placing 11th and on received medals. The team brought home 63 trophies.

Cate Leible, Kamdyn Putnam, Piper Walk and Kate Cunningham, all of Hillsboro, reached the highest honor of becoming State Champion, which means they received the top score in their group out of all the competitors in their division.

Cate Leible, Kamdyn Putnam, Piper Walk, Kate Cunningham

Avery Maddaleno and Kamdyn Putnam, both of Hillsboro, were also able to achieve perfect scores. Competitors placing fifteenth and above in their flights have the opportunity to go on to Nationals.

Avery Maddaleno, Kamdyn Putnam

Of the students who qualified for this event, Hilltop Elite has 38 students who will be traveling to Nationals the week of June 11th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Also, during the Southern IL State Meet, a parade of champions was held and many athletes and even coaches were honored.

Two students from HEAT were recognized because of their Advanced status, Jordan Jacobs of Hillsboro and Reagan Skinner of Raymond.

Raegan Skinner, Jordan Jacobs