Hour of truth for Jills team
The Quincy Jills Dance and Drill team will compete at districts this week in Selah, with a berth at state on the line.
The squad’s final performance of the season prior to the state championship competition will start at noon on March 2, with the Jills competing in the Pom category.
Schools like Selah, Othello, Ephrata, West Valley, Moses Lake, Wenatchee and Yakima’s Eisenhower will also compete in Pom.
The Quincy Jills may also do an exhibition performance in the Show category, near the end of the competition.
The Jills traveled to Shadle Park High School last weekend seeking to qualify for state in the Show category. In its last invite of the regular season, Quincy scored 181 points, 14 shy of the 195 needed for a district berth.
The Jills had already qualified for district in Pom in their first event of the season at Chiawana High School on Jan. 26, scoring a 197.
Jills coach Alyssa Santos said she was satisfied with her team’s showing in Show.
“Show was actually a really hard category,” she said. “A lot goes (into) it, with the backdrop and the characters.”
The team responded well to having to learn a routine for Pom and a routine for Show, although it’s a lot of work, Santos said. Next year, they will likely try a category other than Show.
At districts this weekend, the team needs a score of at least 210 in Pom to qualify for state.
“Being clean can gain us a lot of points,” Santos said, referring to a mistake-free performance. “If everybody is on the right count. If you’re not on the right count, the judges can’t really see what picture you’re trying to do. Facial (expressions) are a huge thing. They are doing better, but we still want to push it, every chance we get.”
If the season ends in Selah, Santos would be satisfied with how it went, she said.
“This year the scoring has changed a lot in the way the judges score it, making it a lot harder,” she said. “So for us to even get a district(-worthy) score is really good, too.”
If the team qualifies for state, it will perform at the Yakima SunDome March 22-23.
The state tournament is divided in two parts, with one day reserved for the larger schools and another reserved for smaller schools like Quincy and the rest of the CWAC. The smaller schools will perform on Friday this year.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org