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The Deets on Cheer Tryouts!

Cheer tryouts will be Saturday, May 10, from 8:30 to 11:30.

There will also be one mandatory pre-tryout practice on Saturday, May 3, from 8:30 to 11:30. This practice is great in that it allows the girls to get comfortable with each other. It also introduces them to the type of tumbling, stunting, jumping, and dance the squad will be working toward.

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Tumblers Compete at USTA State

USTADecatur, IL – Gem City’s Tumbling Team has two State Champions and nine athletes who qualified for Nationals on Sunday, April 27, at the USTA Southern Illinois State Championship. Athletes had to have a top ten finish to advance to nationals.

Individual results below.

  • Gage Woolen – Sub Novice 1st
  • Maurice Silas – Novice 1st
  • Dakota Bradshaw – Sub Novice 2nd
  • Maggie Schutte – Advanced 3rd
  • Blayde Terrill – Sub Novice 3rd
  • Emily Lennox – Novice 5th
  • Kobi Cookson – Intermediate 5th
  • Faith Manion – Sub Novice 8th
  • Abbey Redd – Intermediate 10th
  • Hailey Simons – Intermediate 12th
  • Jaden Essig – Sub Novice 14th
  • Kennady Fleer – Sub Advanced 15th
  • Ava Soltwedel – Sub Novice 17th
  • Claire Bartley – Sub Novice 18th
  • Kadence Haskins – Intermediate 19th
  • Ashley Leonard – Intermediate 21st
  • Reagan Smyser – Intermediate 24th
  • Sophie Soltwedel – Intermediate 26th

Start planning now for tan lines, popsicles, and summer classes!

diamondBefore we know it the sweet heat of summer will take hold. This means some summer season favorites of Gem City staff will soon be here. These favorites include deep tans (guess that staff member!?), baseball, popsicles, never wearing shoes, and summer classes.

Of course, summer classes are Gem City’s favorite summer thing and as luck would have it—drum roll please— registration for summer classes begins today, Monday, April 14! Check out our classes below or here too.

The office opens at 9:30 am on Mondays and Friday and at 12:30 pm Tuesday through Thursday. We can’t wait to see you this summer!

Summer 2014 Schedule: May 30 to August 8

A Strong Showing at Chatham Tumbling Meet


The tumbling team traveled to Chatham, Illinois, for a large meet with over 700 competitors on Sunday, May 6. All competitors placed in the top ten of their flight!



Dawson Nash – 1st place, 37.80

Logan Covert – 1st place, 35.90

Dakota Bradshaw – 3rd place, 36.60

Blayde Terrill – 3rd place, 36.70

Reagan Smyser – 3rd place, 37.80

Jaden Essig – 4th place, 35.90

Rylee Mellon – 4th place, 38.20

Faith Manion – 5th place, 36.70

Alexis Mellon – 6th place, 37.40

Abbey Redd – 7th place, 34.90

Emily Lennox – 7th place, 36.30

Kadence Haskins – 8th place, 35.90

Kennady Fleet – 9th place, 35.60

All Tumblers Finish Top 3 at Monmouth Meet!

Monmouth, Illinois – Gem City’s tumbling team rocked it at their meet on Sunday, March 8. All athletes finished in the top 3! Good work, tumblers. Individual results are listed below.


Maggie Schutte – 1st Place, 39.50

Dawson Nash – 1st Place, 30.50

Faith Manion – 1st Place, 37.50

Blayde Terrill – 1st Place, 35.00

Logan Covert – 1st Place, 36.70

Emily Lennox – 1st Place, 38.30

Rylee Mellon – 1st Place, 36.70

Kadence Haskins – 1st Place, 35.10

Hailey Simmons – 2nd Place, 33.20

Ava Soltwedel – 3rd Place, 33.50

Dakota Bradshaw – 3rd Place, 35.10

Abbey Redd – 3rd Place, 35.80

Alexis Mellon – 3rd Place, 34.00

Sophia Soltwedel – 3rd Place, 35.00

Gem City Earns Gold at Level 3 State

haley and hopeSt. Charles, Illinois – Gem City’s Level 3 Gymnastics Team attended their USAG state meet on March 7-9, 2014. They ranked high in team standings and had many great individual performances.

With over 800 competitors, this state meet was a tremendously competitive. The Gem City team won 2nd place in the youth division and 6th place in the senior division. Most impressive was the 3rd place team finish all-around, which includes all competitors and teams competing.

In individual results, Molly Broughton finished an impressive 3rd all-around. While Ava Winking and Haley Woodyard were both All-Around State Champions in their age group. Woodyard had the bonus of scoring a 39.025. This was the highest all-around score of all competitors at the meet.

 Haley Woodyard and coach Hope Cernea celebrate after a great beam routine. Woodyard had the highest all-around score of over 800 competitors.

Team Results:

3rd Place All-Around of Meet

2nd Place Youth Division

6th Place Senior Division

Individual Results:

Haley Woodyard – 1st Place, State Champion

*Highest State Score of over 800 athletes 

Ava Winking – 1st Place, State Champion

Molly Broughton – 3rd Place

Kielyn Ott – 4th Place

Annabelle Hilgenbrink – 4th Place

Eleanor Spooner – 6th Place

Brooklynn Howell – 8th Place

Taylor Routh – 8th Place

Shannon O’Neil – 9th Place

Brianna Barnes – 9th Place

Qualified & Advanced to State:

Abigail Barnes

Lily Barthel

Olivia Brown

Katelyn Dixon

Isabella Douglas

McKenzie O’Brien

Hannah Worstell

Abby Pilkington

Linnea Brown

Avery Lake

Katy Cole

Destiny Hauser

Scheduled Break Reminder: No classes or practices will be held from May 12-28.
Classes resume Wed, May 29.
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