2007-12-19 / Sports

Twirlers compete at state level

The Great Lakes Twirling Academy sent 28 members to the 2008 Michigan championships sanctioned by the National Baton Twirling Association on Nov. 10 in Milan, Mich.

Contestants competed in solo events including marching, twirl-solo and best appearing.

In the open solo events, first place honors went to Emma Wright, 4; Whitney Wright, 9; and Emilie Pierson, 6. Paige Courser, 14, won second place, and Ava Moran, 6, finished third in their competitions.

In the best appearing events, Whitney Wright finished first; Madison Pilot, 8, earned second; Lexi Harburn, 9, earned third; and Paige Courser finished fifth.

In the Michigan state champion competition, Cassie Karas won sixth place in the advanced solo twirling division and qualified to compete at the 2008 national championships in July.

Also placing in solo twirling were Shelby Beauregard, 18, second; Whitney Wright, third; and Emilie Pierson, first.

In best appearing for the state title, Paige Courser and Cassie Karas won third place. Karas also finished third in the show routine competition and two-baton competition.

In the basic strut state competition, Ava Moran placed first and Lexie Harburn placed fourth.

The teams shined in team competition, winning the state title for senior pom pon team.

Team members include Alesha Akins, Kara Terry, Emilie Pierson, Kelly Yaklin, Chari Church, Brianna Szikszay, Shelby Beauregard, Courtney Reiger, Cassie Karas and Victoria Charchan.

In the junior dance-twirl team competition, GLTA won fourth place, with members including Whitney Wright, Calie Nelson, Gracie Campbell, Annie Campbell, Paige Courser, Hattie Molina, Kayla Tear and Jennifer Whipple.

In the tiny tot dance-twirl competition, GLTA won second place, with members including Ava Moran, Vanessa Allen, Katelyn Akins and Elizabeth Barrette.

GLTA also won second place in tiny tot, with members Anna Carritti, Ava Moran, Kristin Jaissle, Elizabeth Barrette, Vanessa Allen, Lexie Harburn, Katelyn Akins and Marissa Gembel.

GLTA teams and soloist will continue to compete throughout the year, aiming for regional and national championships.

The group is under the instruction of Jodi Wright, with instructors including Jamie Ziembo, Krystal Corwin, Jennifer West, Amber Cary, Stacey King and Jessica Good.

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