It's a Sunday afternoon and Tumbling Express is bustling with cheerleaders and members of Xtreme Edge Athletics, practicing a routine for their next competition. Every once in a while, one of the little girls takes a second to adjust the glittery bow atop her head before moving onto the next part of the routine.
"This is our 'Mini Frost' team," said Spring Hall, owner and coach of Xtreme Edge as she watches the girls practice. "When they finish, the older girls, our 'Black Ice' team will have practice."
Xtreme Edge relocated from Knox County last fall bringing a number of its participants to the facility known in the area for its gymnastics and tumbling programs. "We are in the process of building our team here," said Hall. "But the response to our program here has been great. The move was more than worth it and we are excited to be here."
Currently, the Xtreme Edge roster boasts over 20 athletes including two boys and in an effort to get more boys involved in the sport, Xtreme Edge offers free tuition to any boy who would like to participate. Athletes make the commute from all over Daviess, Pike, Dubois, and Knox counties as well as from Illinois.
For Hall and her cousin/assistant coach Jonna Helms, cheer leading is in their blood. Hall's mother was a highly successful cheer coach and gave Hall and Helms a chance to start coaching at a young age. In fact, Hall was at one time Helms' coach.
"This was something I've always wanted to do," said Hall. "I wanted to so something for this area for the kids and this provides them with an opportunity that wasn't already available without driving out of town."
Typically competitive cheerleading is nearly a year around sport but since Xtreme Edge didn't relocate until the fall, members haven't had as long to prepare for competitions as many other teams but their results illustrate what motivated coaches and excited athletes can do.