The Brentwood High School Winter Guard took fifth place among 12 schools in the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA) Championships on Saturday near Springfield, Missouri.
Make that 12 mostly BIG schools. BHS was one of the smallest schools, by far, in its Regional A division, which comprised schools from Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. So though they finished in the middle of the pack, they still beat giants such as Hazelwood Central and Parkway South.
Brentwood began this past winter guard season in the Regional B division, where it took second place in the MCCGA championships in 2009 and 2010. They were promoted to the more competitive Regional A in February.
The BHS Winter Guard has seven members: seniors Samantha Short and Stephanie Surgener and juniors Samantha Gales, Mary Hager, Amy Lee, Alice Richter and Alaina Youngstrom. All but Gales and Richter were on last year’s team.
“They’ve been successful because they work hard and are good kids,” said Kate Anthony, the group’s director for the past three years. “They just want to do what I want them to do. Every year we start where we ended the year before.”
This year they performed to the song “Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Bublé.
Though Brentwood never had a winter guard before Anthony started leading the first group three years ago, she certainly brought some experience. She has coached color guard groups at Missouri State University (her alma mater) and at the following Missouri high schools: Willard, Bolivar, St. Charles West and Francis Howell Central.
Following are team scores from the Regional A division of the 2011 MCCGA Color Guard Championships on March 26 at Willard (MO) High School:
Monett (MO), 87.2 points
Lafayette (Ballwin), 87.2
Holt (Wentzville), 84.3
Hazelwood Central, 80.2
Granite City, 78.7
Mattoon (IL), 76.6
Parkway South, 76.5
Shawnee Mission South (KS), 73.2