Union, Duchesne ranked high in RPI drill team standings

Union checks in at No. 4 for the initial Class 3A Rating Percentage Index drill team standings re – leased by the Utah High School Activities Associa tion Jan. 12.

Canyon View (No. 1), Juab (No. 2), Juan Diego (No. 3), Ogden (No. 5) and South Summit (No. 6) round out the top teams.

“I think our RPI is spot on,” Union coach Kandi Iverson said. “We have worked hard to be where we are at. We are proud of what we have done to get to this point, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any room for improvement.” Iverson said she is surprised at how well Ogden has performed in the early-season schedule.

“Juab always challenges our girls to be better, sharper and on their game,” Iverson said. “South Summit has given us a run for our money this year. There are some new competitions like Ogden that have really come out fighting this year. We’re not underestimating anyone right now.”

The Cougarettes fin- ished first in show, third in dance and military during the Bountiful Invitational Jan. 7

“Show was powerful, strong and the facials were great,” Iverson said. “Mil – itary had some personal mistakes, but formations were off. We did not fully execute the routine. We could also do a better job of finishing every single movement and executing transitions better.” Union’s Makaylee Rid – ing finished first in lyrical in the Class 3A division at Bountiful. Her team- mates, Peja Eschler (sec – ond), and Sariah Ross (third) finished right be – hind Riding. Ross was also second in jazz.

Union’s Kaylnn Trin naman won the contem- porary 3A division and Hannah Taggart placed second.

Molly Monsen (first), Courtney Clayburn (second) and Hannah Taggart (fourth) made sure Union had a strong showing in the drill down competition.

“I feel like we have a lot of leaders of various sorts,” Iverson said. “Some are more vocal. Some want to be leaders and are learning from our third and four-year members. Everyone has an important role to play on our team.”

The Lady Cougarettes will compete in the Region 14 competition in Delta Jan. 20.

“Our girls can’t wait to go up against Juab again,” Iverson said. “They always push us to bring our A-game.”

Duchesne The Lady Talons are No. 5 in the Class 2A RPI drill team standings.

South Sevier (No. 1), Kanab (No. 2), North Summit (No. 3) and Gunnison (No. 4) are ahead of Duchesne.

“I think that this team has performed very well this season,” Duchesne coach Kellee Grant said. “They are pretty consistent with their performances and always work on a team and individual goals.”

Grant knows there is still time for her squad to peak for the postseason.

“I feel really good about our RPI,” she said. “We are right in the middle. We still have time to peak before the state competition.”

The veteran Duchesne coach said South Sevier is the team to beat for the state crown.

“South Sevier has an excellent drill team tradition of winning state titles in 2A and 3A,” Grant said. “The competition in 2A is insane. Most of teams are really good.” The Lady Talons fin – ished fifth out of 11 teams at the Desert Hills Invitational Jan. 7.

They were third in show, fifth in dance and sixth in military.

In the solo competition, Duchesne’s Taylor Crum (first), Kristan Hatch (second) and Kylee Grant (third) made it a clean sweep.

“Our technique and difficulty is our strength,” Coach Grant said. “Our biggest weakness is inexperience and small numbers.”

Duchesne’s Avery Bleazard is the lone senior on the roster. This is her first season on the team.

Bleazard played basketball the last three years.

“It’s nice to have the maturity of a senior on the team,” Coach Grant said. “Even though she doesn’t have drill team experience she has the competitive sports.”