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July 17, 2012

2 TC cheer teams win national titles

INDIANAPOLIS — A pair of Traverse City youth cheerleading teams won national titles at the Young Champions of America competition in Indianapolis last weekend.

The Traverse City All-Stars, a level 4 team of 18 girls, won the title, as did the level 5 team, the Traverse City Elites. The cheerleaders vary in ages from 9 to 16.

Both teams are coached by Tammy Leishman, of Kingsley. Each team won state titles in June and had to also advance through regional competition to make it to the championships.

Traverse City had national champs in both 2009 and 2010 and the 2011 team qualified but wasn't able to raise enough funds to travel all the way to Las Vegas.

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