1/14/2013 2:16:00 PM Drill team looks to districts in March
The Othello High School drill team celebrates a victory after the Kamiakin Invite Jan. 5. Submitted photo.
Moving to the beat, executing tricks and cleaning up routines are all on the agenda for the Othello High School drill team. Their scores at the Kamiakin Invite Jan. 5 qualified them to move on to districts in March. The invite featured nine teams. The Othello team, made up of 16 ladies and two young men, competed in two categories - a pom routine and a hip hop routine. Only the girls competed in the pom competition and the two guys and 10 of the girls competed in hip hop. The team did well, coach Anna Martinez said. Pom took first place and hip hop placed fourth, just one point shy of the third-place title. Both teams scored more than 200 points. A score of 195 is necessary to move on to the district competition. The hip hop team had their work cut out for them, she said. They had a routine worked out, but during winter break, someone who has worked as a judge saw it and suggested a change to a faster pace of music. The team complied but only had four days to practice their new speedier routine. They have a lot of work to do but are really practicing hard, Martinez said. The competitors will next go to a invitational in Moses Lake Feb. 9. This invite will play host to 16 teams, complete with fiercer competition, she said. Their goals are to increase their scores and to show the other schools Othello is a team that should be watched out for, Martinez said. Last year, the team made it to state and placed second in pom and third in hip hop. This year, some 3A schools with great dance programs have been dropped to 2A so the competition is tough. The Huskies have already qualified for districts and will compete March 2 in Pasco. They need to score at least a 210 to move on to the state competition, which will take place March 22 and 23 at the Yakima SunDome. Two years ago, the team placed first at districts. The competition team started working in November. There was a bigger team, of 30 people, which is narrowed down to those dancers who are the most ready to go on to competition, Martinez said. She has already been surprised and happy to see the amount of support Othello has given the team. At the invite Jan. 6, there were more Othello fans than those from any other school. "We will appreciate it," Martinez said.