2010-02-03 / Front Page

OVHS Played Host To 32-School Color Guard Invitational This Past Weekend

by Amanda York Staff Writer

Under the direction of Joe Martinez and performing on their home turf, the Owen Valley varsity color guard took the floor Saturday with a memorable performance. OV color guard members shown above, in no particular order, are: Dona Tankersley, Cassandra Irvin, John Hall, Taylor Heir, Cameron Barnett, Miranda Vargo, Amber Delph, and Savannah Walls (Staff Photo by Amanda York) Under the direction of Joe Martinez and performing on their home turf, the Owen Valley varsity color guard took the floor Saturday with a memorable performance. OV color guard members shown above, in no particular order, are: Dona Tankersley, Cassandra Irvin, John Hall, Taylor Heir, Cameron Barnett, Miranda Vargo, Amber Delph, and Savannah Walls (Staff Photo by Amanda York) The halls of Owen Valley High School were alive with color, costumes and music this past Saturday as 36 units from 32 different schools came to and performed at the Owen Valley Color Guard Invitational.

Schools from all over the state dressed in every color of the rainbow with flags, sabers, and rifles in tow came to the OVHS main gymnasium in hopes of walking away a winner.

In the cadet class, Martinsville East and North Putnam performed, with both schools picking up silver divisional ratings.

In class B, Columbus North and Owen Valley took to the floor with Columbus North earning a silver rating and OV a bronze.

Performing a routine entitled “Winter” to the song “Winter” by Tori Amos, the Cloverdale High School Winter Guard gave a “chilling” performance during Saturday’s IHSCGA Color Guard Invitational at OVHS. (Staff Photo by Amanda York) Performing a routine entitled “Winter” to the song “Winter” by Tori Amos, the Cloverdale High School Winter Guard gave a “chilling” performance during Saturday’s IHSCGA Color Guard Invitational at OVHS. (Staff Photo by Amanda York) Class AAA competition was hot and heavy with Cloverdale being one of seven schools in the hunt. All seven took home silver ratings. Along with Cloverdale, the schools included Terre Haute North, Yorktown, Brown County, Borden, Indian Creek, and Franklin Community.

“I’m just really proud of the girls,” Cloverdale band director Bill Cole said.

CHS color guard director Sarah Hancock added, “I think we had our best performance so far. This is just the second show of the season for us and I think it went really well.”

Owen Valley color guard members Savannah Walls and Miranda Vargo are shown above during a rifle toss at Saturday’s invitational performance. (Staff Photo by Amanda York) Owen Valley color guard members Savannah Walls and Miranda Vargo are shown above during a rifle toss at Saturday’s invitational performance. (Staff Photo by Amanda York) Class AA was just as exciting as Bloomington North, Fishers, Terre Haute South, Martinsville, Monrovia, Columbus North, Danville, West Vigo and Paoli performed. Columbus North was the only school to earn a gold rating, while Bloomington North and Monrovia picked up silver ratings. All others earned a bronze.

The largest class of the day, class A, found 14 groups vying for the top spots and trophies. First place honors went to Lafayette Jefferson, with Brownsburg picking up second and Franklin Central third. Other schools competing included, East Central, Mooresville, Plainfield, Edgewood, Perry Meridian, Lawrence North, Owen Valley, Terre Haute South, Castle, Westfield, and North Putnam.

The Owen Valley junior varsity color guard routine was performed to the song “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” at Saturday’s Owen Valley Color Guard Invitational. (Staff Photo by Amanda York) The Owen Valley junior varsity color guard routine was performed to the song “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” at Saturday’s Owen Valley Color Guard Invitational. (Staff Photo by Amanda York) Rounding out the day’s events was the open class. Greenfield- Central earned first place in the open division, while Terre Haute North came in second.

“We felt the invitational ran very smoothly,” OV Assistant Band Director Scott Carr said. “We were very, very proud of all the kids and all the parents, and of how they chipped-in and made it run so smoothly. When you have parents and kids you can rely on like we did this past Saturday it is so refreshing to know that things are going to get done.”

He added that a quick thankyou to the administration and all those who made the invitational possible was in order, including the band boosters, the IHSCGA, and sponsors including World Arts, Inc., Spencer Evening World, Cook Medical, Seahorse Veterinary Services, Babbs SuperValu, Lewis & Kappes P.C., Smithville Telephone, Rogers Group, Inc., William D. Kenfield, D.D.S., Canyon Inn, Owen County Tobacco Prevention/Cessation, Duke Energy, and the Spencer Walmart.

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