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JV Golden Girls shine at IDTA State Finals

First Row Left to Right- Captain Izzie Johnson, Captain Ava Hipskind, and Captain Katarina Papachrisanthou.  Second Row from Left to Right (Sophmores)- Head Coach Brittany Underwood, Katie Comeaux, Kaya McSherry, Grace Henderson, Kali Bolton, and Assistant Coach Lauren Sczurko.  Third Row Left to Right (Freshman)- Hannah Gibson, Sienna Salcido, Kennedy Kreidell, Sophia Hoffman, Kayla Sanders, Kai Diltz, Laura Edwards, and Eizabeth Colson. (Submitted Photo)
First Row Left to Right- Captain Izzie Johnson, Captain Ava Hipskind, and Captain Katarina Papachrisanthou.
Second Row from Left to Right (Sophmores)- Head Coach Brittany Underwood, Katie Comeaux, Kaya McSherry, Grace Henderson, Kali Bolton, and Assistant Coach Lauren Sczurko.
Third Row Left to Right (Freshman)- Hannah Gibson, Sienna Salcido, Kennedy Kreidell, Sophia Hoffman, Kayla Sanders, Kai Diltz, Laura Edwards, and Eizabeth Colson. (Submitted Photo)

The Golden Girls JV dance team wrapped up another impressive season earlier this month with a first place finish at the Illinois Drill Team Association (IDTA) State competition in Springfield, Illinois.

O’Fallon’s JV squad continued their season’s undefeated record in the Lyrical category while at the IDTA finals and they also took home a second place finish in the JV Jazz category. During competition this season the ladies have earned six first place trophies in Lyrical performances ,and have a total of four first place and two second place trophies in Jazz.

Aside from adding two impressive trophies to their collection, the team was also awarded with the Team Spirit Award. The accolade is voted on by all the teams at the competition and is given to the team that best represents sportsmanship, spirit, and positive attitude throughout the contest.

The OTHS JV Golden Girls were once again under the direction of head coach Brittany Underwood and assistant coach Lauren Sczurko. Underwood is in her second year of coaching for O’Fallon and is an alumni of the OTHS dance team.

“We had a very successful and talented group of girls this year,” said Underwood. “We’re really blessed to have a lot of experienced girls come into our organization.”

O’Fallon Golden Girls Laura Edwards, Kennedy Kreidell, Katie Comeaux, and Hannah Gibson were all selected as rising stars by the IDTA floor judges for their outstanding showmanship and performance.

A season of success comes at little to no surprise for the JV squad, who started their season off on the right foot during the summer by winning first place for their home routine in the UDA Camp competition at Illinois State University.  Prior to this year, no JV team at OTHS had put together a home routine before. The choreographed routine was put together by Coach Underwood and the team’s captains.

“It was a huge accomplishment for the girls. To be the first team to take a home routine to camp and win with it was the first stepping stone for us to have a good year,” said Underwood.

Leading the JV squad during the 2016-2016 campaign were sophomore captains Izzie Johnson, Ava Hipskind, and Katarina Papachrisanthou.

“The three of them are great motivators and always at practice making sure that when girls are really tired they keep going. They are responsible for keeping the communication going for the whole team and they do a great job of supporting their peers,” said Underwood.

The team is hosting a dance clinic on March 20th for 8th graders that want to try out for the high school team. At the clinic the team will help junior high dancers learn a try-out routine to help ease nerves and make the tryouts a more comfortable environment.