Winter Guard places second at NTCA contest

The Wills Point Winter Guard opened its latest event season Jan. 27, making the trip west to Lamar High School in Arlington to compete in their first North Texas Colorguard Association event of the school year.

Competing as the smallest school in their classification, Wills Point placed second in round two of the Scholastic A competition and second overall in the Scholastic A classification. The top two finish by the program is just the latest success in a growing list of accomplishments for the Winter Guard under the direction of Nathan Ascano.

“I was very pleased with their performance. They really brought the energy and sass our show requires,” said Ascano. “We are working on finishing the show for our next competition, in addition to detailing what we already have. The girls have been working really hard to up the level of difficulty of the show.”

Round two results of the event included McKinney Boyd in first, Wills Point in second, Wakeland Blue in third, Marcus in fourth, Birdville in fifth, the Fossil Ridge JV in sixth, Berkner in seventh, Frisco Heritage in eighth and Groesbeck in ninth.

Ascano noted, “The WPHS Winter Guard has always been competitive. In recent years the level of competition has been steadily increasing. We compete with mostly 5A but predominantly 6A schools. There are five judges overall: one equipment, one movement, one design analysis, and two general effect. Groups are judged on what they are doing and how well they do it.”

Preparation for the current Winter Guard season has been in the works for weeks for Winter Guar membrs, beginning as soon as marching season ends for the Tiger Band.

“Winter guard prep starts as soon as marching band is over,” explained Ascano. “We transition indoors and start focusing on training.”

Winter Guard members include Lyric Halstead, Dezier Martinez, Isabel Vasquez, Jaylen Dixon, Emily Woolverton, Madison Modlin, Samantha O’Neill, Brooke Williams, Paola Herrera, Karla Rojas, Sharain Rogers, Chelsea Manion, Haylee Gonzales, Gissel Rodriguez, Hannah Meyers, Kassie Nicklas, Samantha Keener, Rhealee Perez, Joanne Mendez and Jasmin Herrera.

The Winter Guard is scheduled to be busy throughout the rest of the school year, competing against Feb. 24 at Byron Nelson High School, March 24 at The Colony High School and April 7 at Flower Mound High School.