Hard work, determination and hours and hours of practice paid off for the Warren County High School Pioneerette Dance team as the girls are the TSSAA Small Varsity Pom State Champions for the second year in a row.
Coach Penny Shockley couldn’t be more proud of her group of girls and their second straight state title. “I am proud of them and the way they impeccably represented Warren County and Warren County High School. They did what I asked of them which was to go out and perform to the best of their ability and leave it all on the floor. This win is the icing on the cake for all of our hard work.”
The team competed Saturday at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro. The team scored 83.38 out of a possible 100 points for their pom routine. Hendersonville High School placed second and Farragut High School placed third.
In the Small Varsity Hip Hop competition, the Pioneerettes placed third in the state with a score 4.63 points behind the winning team of Hendersonville High School. Last year’s winner, Greenbrier High School, placed second.
The Pioneerettes placed 15th in the nation in Small Varsity Hip Hop in Orlando, Fla., in February. The team will be returning once again to Orlando at the end of January to compete for national titles in pom and hip hop.
The team is a young one as 12 of the 16 dancers are freshmen and sophomores. The team consists of lone senior, Leala Marlin, who will be performing in London, England’s New Year’s Day Parade. Juniors on the team are Rachel Mathis, Leslie Moulton and Sierra Pedigo. Sophomores are Jarah Anderson, Sabrina Caldwell, Taylor Elgouhary, Catherine Haley, Katie Tubb and Lydia Wilson.
Freshmen Eden Fryar, Abby Hutchins, Ally Locke, Shelbie McCormick, Raylee Pack and Courtlyn Sauer round out the Pioneerettes.
Shockley said, “I consider this a pre-test for nationals. State gives us four unbiased people’s opinions so we can tweak it to have the best possible routine for nationals. I am very proud and lucky to be their coach. The girls have a memory they will never forget and I am glad to be a part of it.”
The dances the Pioneerettes performed Saturday were choreographed by McMinnville native Kim Cox McCarter. McCarter is a former Pioneerette who owns Studio 413 Dance in Collierville. Tehnique instructors for the team are Bethany Faller and Ashley Carmack.