Schuck on a Truck: Three local tumblers discuss winning national championships

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QUINCY — Count ‘em one, two, three.

That’s how many individual tumblers from Gem City Gymnastics and Tumbling captured national championships during the United States Tumbling Association National Championships, held last week in Louisville, Ky.

Palmyra’s Ruby Akerson won the championship in the advanced girls 14-15 division, while Payson’s Kaylin Vazquez-Epperson took the title in the advanced girls 11-12 division. Quincy’s Isla Ufkes also won the championship in the sub-advanced girls division.

Gem City Gymnastics and Tumbling has produced six national champions at the advanced level with Akerson and Vasquez-Epperson joining former titleists Hope Cernea Huff, Brooks Scholfield, Maggie Schutte and Ashlyn Akerson. Ruby Akerson is Ashlyn’s younger sister.

The three national champions took a break from their training this week to join Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman on the tailgate of his pickup to discuss their titles, the best advice they received heading to nationals and how they celebrated for this episode of “Schuck on a Truck,” brought to you by Shottenkirk Toyota.

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