Tuesday , 26 September 2017

Royal Pride Winter Guard Readies For NTCA Championships This Coming Saturday

Royal Pride Winter Guard Readies For NTCA Championships This Coming Saturday

Royal Pride Winter Guard Readies For NTCA Championships This Coming Saturday

 It’s championship time again in the NTCA (North Texas Colorguard Association). Winterguard is where all of those colorguard athletes that dance, spin, throw and catch flags, rifles and sabres go to compete when the football games are done and marching band season is over.

As March winds down most Guards are putting the finishing touches on their routines. It’s been an eventful season in the winterguard circuit this year. Bad weather on February 3rd cancelled the second of three scheduled contests for the MHS Royal Pride Winterguard. The cancelled event, slated for McKinney Boyd, would have served as an early checkpoint on adjustments after a 6th place showing on January 29 at Richland High School. Without the Boyd contest the Royal Pride’s next opportunity would come almost one month later on February 25th at Lakeview Centennial. MHS scored 72.00 points, up significantly from January’s 56 point performance and good enough to place them in 2nd behind Everman High School. Yet as good as the 72.00 felt, it left them 1 point short of promotion to the Scholastic AAA Division.

This coming Saturday, March 26th, the Royal Pride will face several familiar opponents at NTCA Championships Among the competitors are Redwater , Naaman Forest and last year’s Champion, A+ Excalibur, who edged them out by less than 1 point for the Gold Medal in 2010.  All four guards were promoted from Regional AA to the Regional A bracket this year.

MHS Junior Kaitlyn Egan is looking forward to Championships, especially with a chance to go back against A + Excalibur.  More importantly though Egan, “Just wants (the guard) to put on the best performance we can.”

Junior Captain, Summer Moya, “Expects the Royal Pride to put on our best show of the year.”  Moya also knows from experience that, “The end of the season is always hard but I believe if everyone puts everything they have into our final week of rehearsal then we will have a good chance to medal.”

Director/Consultant Amanda Jacobs-Holmes is, “Proud of the promotions the Guard has earned over the past two years.” She notes that, “The promotions have given them a solid foundation to work from. I am hopeful that they will medal and be promoted to the Scholastic Division where they will be ready to compete.”

As this article goes to print the stretch drive is on. While the Royal Pride is in final prep for NTCA Championships at Mansfield this coming Saturday the 26th, both the McKinney Boyd(Varsity & JV) Guards and the McKinney North Guard were at WGI Southwestern Championships this past weekend and will compete in the NTCA Scholastic Division Championships two weekends form now on April 2nd.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spin, throw and catch weapons while leaping through the air?  Yes?  Then come check out Winterguard, the “Sport of the Arts”.

See You On The Floor,

Cal & Kim Van Wagner

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