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The AmeriCheer & AmeriDance 2013 Buckeye Open National Championship Announces Winners
Thursday, November 14, 2013

November 14, 2013 – Westerville, OH – With over 40 cheer and dance organizations represented, the AmeriCheer & AmeriDance 2013 Buckeye Open National Championship, held November 9-10th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, kicked off competition season in central Ohio.  Founded in 1986 and originally named the Ohio Cheerleading Championship, this U.S. Finals qualifying event is the longest running cheerleading and dance competition in Ohio.

Eight teams were awarded United States All Star Federation (USASF) Worlds Bids and will compete this spring at Walt Disney World® Resort.  These winners included: Midwest Cheer Elite (West Chester Township, OH), The Matrix All Stars (Columbus, OH), Energizers Dance Team (Harford, WI), Heart of Ohio (Xenia, OH), Coyotes Dance Empire (Coraopolis, PA), and Dancer’s Edge Studio (Macomb, MI).  

Four new coaches were inducted into the 2013 Buckeye Coaches Hall of Fame.  Established at the 2012 Buckeye Open, the Buckeye Coaches Hall of Fame honors coaches who are inspirations to their teams and for their roles in the cheer & dance industry.  Kelly Bettin and Alisa Ruppenthal from Dancer’s Edge Studio, and Amiee Peppers and Lisa Poppovich-Smith from The Matrix All Stars were honored during Sunday’s awards ceremony.

For their sportsmanship, crowd response, and overall spirit, Mt.Notre DameHigh School (Cincinnati, OH) and Pennsylvania Storm (Washington, PA) were crowned the Show Your Spirit award winners.  Sponsored in part by Inside Cheerleading Magazine and GTM Sportswear, the Show Your Spirit award is given at each AmeriCheer, AmeriDance, and Eastern event. Each winner is propelled into the finals and the overall winner will be named Sprited Program of the Year at the AmeriCheer & AmeriDance 2014 InterNational Championship held at Walt Disney World® Resort.  

AmeriCheer, Inc. is also excited to announce a new format to their Buckeye Open National Championship.  Commencing in 2014, the Buckeye Open National Championship will host the dance portion of the two-day event the morning of Saturday, November 8th with a short intermission before commencing the cheer portion.  This new format will enhance the overall experience of the event for not only the athletes, but the coaches and families as well.  

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