COLUMBUS – The Ansonia High School cheerleading program excelled at the OASSA State Dance championships earning State Runner-Up in the Kick Division and a sixth-place finish in Hip Hop for the small Darke County School under the direction of veteran Ansonia varsity cheer and dance coach, Ericka Kramer and Ansonia varsity assistant cheer & dance coach, Carrie Brodbeck.
“I am so extremely pleased with our placements at the OASSA State Dance championships,” said Coach Kramer. “It’s really exciting for two of our routines to make it to the state competition. We have routines that compete with all school sizes in the State of Ohio. That is really exciting since we are a small school.”
“These ladies have worked countless hours, their dedication to the sport of cheer and dance brings so much pride to our school,” added Kramer. “The last six years have been filled with many firsts for our school in the sport of dance and cheer. This is attributed to the dedication of our team. I am so proud of our team’s success. It has taken every member over the last six years to build our program to this point.”
The 2024 team is led by seven seniors including Cennedy Brodbeck, Madyson Buckingham, Abigail Kramer, Mercedes Leeper, Kelsey Muhlenkamp, Bailey Schmit, and Brenna Schmit.
“These seven girls are sure going to be missed next year,” Coach Kramer stated. “I can’t tell you how proud I’ve been to be their coach. We look forward to what next year brings and we are ready to get back to work in a few months.”
The underclassmen include Junior Aleah Shilt; Sophomores Lydia Hahn, Lillian Kaiser, Abigayle Klingshirn, Isabella Obringer, Chloe Marker; Freshmen Dani Gibbs, and Lexi Hartzell.
“The Ansonia Varsity Hip Hop and Kick team have worked hard since the beginning of June to perfect the routines they performed at state,” said Coach Brodbeck. “I’ve been really impressed with their dedication and endurance this entire season. Their drive and determination showed in their best performances at the OASSA Sate Hip Hop and Kick Competition.”
“These girls have accomplished some amazing things over the six years I have been with them,” Brodbeck added. “I hope to see this program continue in the future with all of the upcoming athletes. It’s been amazing to be a part of this program.”