Starting their season last March and continuing until last Thursday, the Logan High Hi-lo’s have been dedicated to making their season a success. Because drill is an all year sport, some of the girls expressed their excitement for their season to reach the end. But for the nine seniors on the team, they were desperately trying to slow it down. In the words of Emma Mcallister, “Although it has been a long four years, I have loved every minute.”
After being defeated by their rival Juan Diego High School in Region, the Hi-los pushed onwards to State to see if they could change the results. There they placed 2nd in Dance, 5th in Kick, and 4th in Military putting them in a fourth place overall ranking and Juan Diego at a second.
When sharing her thoughts, Charlize Laffoon said, “Although it didn’t feel very good to lose, I know we all did our best out on that floor, even though the judges may not have given us the rankings we thought we deserved. We still have a chance to beat them at Nationals.”
“This showcase has brought a lot of emotions. I’m really sad because drill has been my life.”
Having a little less than a month to prepare themselves until Nationals, the Hi-los continued to work hard at their after school practices to ensure that they would come out on top against Juan Diego. The National Competition they went to this year was held in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. There they competed five of their routines against teams from across the nation.
“We didn’t really know what to expect because our scores are based upon the judges’ opinions. Even if one judge loves you, the other two could hate you,” said sophomore member Hallie Jo Hyde. Competing at this “Contest of Champions” may have put a little dent in the team’s vacation out of our snowy Utah weather. However, the Hi-los were very pleased with their results.
Out of their five routines they placed 4th in Officers, 3rd in Kick, and were Military National Champions. All of the Hi-los were ecstatic to have finally beat their number one rival, and said that they were happy to end their season this way.
When it was time to come home, many of the Hi-los were sad to leave the sun, but they also knew that once they got home, the end of their season was just around the corner.
"If I could, I would do it all over again."
After one last practice once they got back, the team performed at their end- of-the-year showcase one last time. It was a very emotional night for the girls, and to sum up their feelings, Whitley Woolley said, “This showcase has brought a lot of emotions. I’m really sad because drill has been my life.”
Many girls agreed with Woolley and you could tell by the tear-stained faces how much passion and dedication has been implemented into their season.
Out of the 24 girls on the team the nine seniors who have done drill for all four years of high school are Emma Mcallister, Whitley Woolley, Vanessa Woolley, Jessie Smith, Maia In, Lindsey Sauer, Kamie Champlin, Hannah Johns, and Averie Leuk.
“It has been a great four years, and if I could I would do it all over again,” said Vanessa Woolley.
To complete their season, the Hi-Lo’s will have a banquet at the Riverwood Conference Center to celebrate and help transition this old team to new beginnings.