The Morgan High School Troyettes wrapped up another hard-working year with a trip to the United Spirit Association (USA) Nationals at the Anaheim Convention Center in So. California during MHS spring break last week. The 2017-2018 team, led by first year coach Angie Glauser, started practicing last April, took July off, and picked up again in August to get ready for the 2017 fall sports and 2018 competition season. Over the year the team performed dozens of times for MHS football, basketball, volleyball games and some assemblies. Learning numerous halftime dances and three competition dances requires hard work–the Troyettes are no strangers to hard work! Once school started in August, early morning practice began at 6:30 a.m. and continued through first hour classes until 8:30 a.m. The Troyettes kept to this rigorous practice schedule for over six months!
This level of commitment is necessary to perform at the very high level the Troyettes compete at. In the state of Utah, drill is a Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) sanctioned activity. Why does being a UHSAA sanctioned activity matter? Aren’t all competitions the same? Being a UHSAA sanctioned event, like sports at MHS, means a rigorous standard is applied in judging and the competition is against many teams with successive steps of qualification to reach the next level. The UHSAA drill events included the 3A Region drill championships and the 3A State drill championships. The 3A Region drill championships were held at South Summit High school at the end of January. At the Region championships, the Troyettes faced a panel of six judges, performed three very unique dances all within a 90 minute span, and competed against South Summit, Grantsville, and Summit Academy. Each drill team from each school performed all three dances in the categories of military, dance, and character. The Trojans came away with second place overall which is their highest region finish the past four years, way to go girls! The state competition was a week later at Utah Valley University and the Troyettes were seeded second in their pool of four teams. Their pool was one of four pools in the 3A State Championships meaning the Troyettes were up against 15 other 3A teams. The team once again had a solid showing in all three dance categories but fell short of advancing to the final championship round. Other open competitions included Davis and Wasatch High school in December, and Clearfield in January. The Troyettes garnered numerous awards at these highly competitive multi-team events including second place finishes at Wasatch in military and first place finishes in all categories at Clearfield.
A number of girls also showed very strong in individual categories including: Mckinlee Kendall, Charlee Peterson and Emma Lindley (All-State tryouts); Charlee Petersen, Kali Winn, and Emma Lindley, (All-Region Drill Team); Caprice Archibeque, Emma Lindley, and Rachael Rassmussen (Academic All-Region), Emma Lindley (Academic All-State), Emma Lindley and Elise Wirick (Clearfield open competition drill down 1st and 2nd place out of over 75 girls), and Aspen Cook (3A region drill down 1st place out of over 60 girls). The 2017-2018 team included freshmen, Abbee Stout, Carsyn Ball, Amanda Bingham, Lynnaea Barney, Kortney Cardall, Taylor Limb; sophomore Haylie White; juniors Charlee Petersen, Jana Johnson, Kate Netherton, Aspen Cook, Elise Wirick; and seniors Caprice Archibeque, McKinlee Kendall, Rachael Rassmussen, Kali Winn, and Emma Lindley. The seniors were recognized at the annual night out with the Troyettes held March 8, 2018.
The team expressed thanks to coach Angie Glauser for her dedication throughout the year, Tammy Bullock and Sue Ann Kelsey who provided guidance at critical times, and Destiny Field who supported Angie as a chaperone to some competitions. Also helping was Chloie Hale as a manager. Tryouts for the 2018-2019 season begin Monday April 9th with parents meeting at 5:30 in the library followed by clinics April 10th – 12th from 3-5 p.m. in the gym with tryouts Friday April 13th at 3:00 p.m. also in the gym. Written by Trevor Lindley. Photos by Azuree Ball (front) and Chris Wirick (below).