The Grand County Drill Team finished the competitive season at the USHAA State Championship recently at Utah Valley University, in Orem.
Grand was one of the smaller teams in the tournament, but that did not deter the Devilettes giving it their all. “State was so much fun! When we were there in the gym, you get the biggest chill run over your body. You can feel the energy of the crowd,” sophomore Hallie Packard said.
According to coach Heather Dowd, the team beat Morgan, but was edged out by Manti and Juab. “I couldn’t be more proud of these ladies. They improved so much each and every competition. Not only did they improve their ability, but also their character,” Dowd said in a text message to The Times-Independent.
“They learned what dedication means, how to push when they were tired, rise up when they felt like giving in and believe in themselves and their teammates. This is truly a special team. It was exciting and inspiring to work with them this year.”
The tournament, featuring teams from small 1A to large 6A schools, was broadcast on live television and simulcast on the internet.
The Devilettes rocked the crowd with the Military and Dance routines; Dowd and Ballard could barely contain their excitement as they waved their arms, clapped, shouted and cheered furiously for the Devilettes. The Character routine was a crowd-pleaser, as well; the Devilettes costumed as woodland fairy elves and danced to “Game of Survival” by Ruelle.
Devilettes’ Lieutenant Hailey Twitchell said, “State was such a great experience. There’s no feeling compared to dancing with the girls who I have created a sisterhood with, being able to dance our hearts out and feel our energy match on the dance floor is amazing. We had such a great season. I love these girls and our amazing coaches.”
The Devilettes performed at halftime during the last regular season boys basketball game on Friday, Feb. 7, in Moab. The performance was a rarely seen boy/girl routine and the theme focused on the classic high school musical “Grease.”
Senior and Captain Daisy Mecham was recognized and honored before the game. Mecham performed her own spotlight dance and was bombarded with waves of applause after her performance.
The competitive season is over for the drill team, but being a Devilette is a year-round commitment. The team perform at various local functions.