Sports

Q&A with Rockwell Drill coaches: Past and present

It’s that time of year again!

Drill is having their annual Drill Review for the 7th time in 9 years. Drill has had a lot of success over the years, including their second place in the State Drill Competition in 2013. Candice Spivey was the coach of that team and current Coach Maddie Beck was a dancer on that team. I sat down with both of them and asked them a couple of questions.

I started with Candice Spivey (assistant director/drill coach for 7 years).

Candice:

Q: How did it feel when you placed second at state?

 

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The Rockettes at State (2013)

A: Well, drill is a very political sport, and that led us to getting the second place. But it was exciting to see us compete with the best. I felt bad when they didn’t get the first place that I felt like they deserved.

 

Candice coached for 7 years, and in that time span she led them to state a handful of times. The most memorable was the year 2012 when they received a 5th place. Equally memorable, of course, was in 2013 when they tied for first and then “coin flipped” for second.

Q: How long have you taught dance?

A: In high school (2002), I taught dance at community rec classes. Then I went to college and didn’t teach for awhile, but in 2005, I started teaching again at Ultimate Dance ETC. I’ve been teaching there ever since.

Q: What are your thoughts on this year’s team?

A: It’s a great group of girls with a lot of talent. If they retain a lot of their members they can have a chance at the state title with their coach.

Q: What’s the hardest dance move to teach?

A: I would say teaching fouetté’s because the dancers struggle with the correct technique.

I then went to talk to this year’s coach, Maddie Beck. Maddie danced for her 9th, 11th, and 12th grade years. She also danced at Ultimate Dance ETC. with Candice as a coach.

Maddie:

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Rockwell’s current Drill Team, The Rockettes (2017)

Q: How’d you feel about state this year (2017)?

 

A: It was rad to see them perform and to see their transformation from the summer to that day at state. I was proud of the hard work they all put in.

Q: How did it feel when you went to state as a dancer and tied for first but received second?

A: First of all, Dylan, let me stop you right there. We didn’t tie for first place, we TOOK first place. The drill team world is full of politics which makes it a very competitive sport. (And yes I said sport, sexists.)

Q: Alright, how do you feel about next year?

A: I’m stoked to see all of the upcoming talent that Rockwell has to offer, and to keep the program going.

Q: How many years have you coached dance?

A: I taught two years with Candice as an assistant, but this year was my first solo go.

Q: How long have you been dancing?

A: Since I was 8, so 13 years.

Q: Who’s your favorite coach? (This one better be an obvious answer…)

A: Candice. She was very influential because she not only trained me in dance and fitness but helped me in my everyday life.

Be sure to go to the FREE Drill Review on March 9th at 7:00 pm here at Rockwell. Watch showcase dances by the Rockettes and others including the famous, sought-after male drill members.

Tryouts at Rockwell

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The Track and Field team at the state meet in 2016.

by Melanie Mortensen

Here at Rockwell we have tryouts for track and field, baseball, and softball all this week.

The first practice for track is right after school Wednesday, March 1st and will go until 5 pm. Meet at the back of the school by the busses dressed and ready to run. Tryouts are Monday March 6th and Tuesday March 7th.

“I’m excited to see how the team progresses this year,” said track coach RaNell. “I feel like we have the potential to make it to state, so I’m just excited to see how we do.”

Baseball and softball tryouts are both after school everyday Wednesday, March 1st to Friday March 3. Make sure to be on time and ready to play your hardest.

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The Rockettes at a recent competition, where they took first place.

There will also be drill team tryouts from Monday, March 20 to Thursday March 23. Workshops will be at 3:15 after school Monday the 20th to Wednesday, March 22. The official day of tryouts is Thursday, March 23. Make sure to be on time to every workshop ready to learn dances and show your determination.

Come tryout for one of Rockwell’s athletics teams!

Runner pulled over for reward

by Camden Lower

Cross Country is something Casey Clinger does every morning while taking familiar routes around his American Fork home, but Wednesday started a little different when he was pulled over by a local police officer and filmed by an ESPN camera crew.

The officer told Clinger to step out of the vehicle while they search the trunk. Undoubtedly panicked, Clinger stepped out of the car, wondering what he did wrong. The officer removed a trophy from a bag, awarding Clinger with the Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year Award.

“It’s definitely been a special year,” said Clinger after recently committing to run for BYU in the fall while keeping a 4.0 GPA.

Clinger is honored to receive such a prestigious award.

“Just knowing all the people who’ve gotten it before me, they’re all studs,” Clinger said on the video honoring him. “And it’s just an honor.”

Clinger won the Nike Cross Nationals Race at just 15 minutes and 28.4 seconds. American Fork has built an outstanding cross country organization and Casey is a great example to prove it.

Rockwell Marshals basketball season wrap-up

by Dylan Beck

Both the girls and boys basketball teams had their senior nights on February 6 and 7.

In their final games of the season, the boys team went against the number one team in the region –  Layton Christian Academy (LCA). It was a game that turned out to be LCA’s from the beginning. Rockwell played American Preparatory Academy (APA) on Wednesday and were upset; now they are going to state and playing as the 4th seed against Emery – a number one seed.

The girls had a different senior night game, with a 20 point win against APA. They played LCA on Friday and JV lost by a meager 2 points, while Varsity had a more-than-20-point deficit to this team looking to seek first place with a coin flip.

The Rockwell girls varsity team was made up of 5 seniors – 4 of whom were starters, while the Rockwell boys varsity team was made up of 7 seniors – 3 of whom were starters.

“I’m going to miss playing with my girls,” said Lynsie, a senior point guard and girls varsity team captain, “It’s going to be weird not playing next year.”

Between wins and losses it has been a great season and these seniors will be missed.

“My favorite quote says ‘I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying,’” said Tanner, a senior point guard and captain of the boys Varsity team. “I loved playing with my brothers.”

Marshals tied for 2nd in region basketball standings

by Dylan Beck

The Marshals are sitting happily on the region standings, tied for 2nd with Waterford.

This past week the boys won 5 straight games from Frosh to Varsity. On the 17th, they played a non-region team, Pinnacle, and all 3 teams won! The next day they versed APA, a region game, and won JV and Varsity. Frosh didn’t play.

This past Monday, they played the region projected #1 team, LCA. All 3 teams suffered losses. They hope to bounce back today against Waterford.

Friday is a Home Game against Rowland Hall so make sure you come and cheer on your Marshals!

Next week Tuesday is a girls Home Game against Wasatch Academy. Make sure you wish them luck this Thursday and Friday for their away games.

Rockettes “piqued” their way to first

by Dylan Beck

The Lady Marshals “piqued” their way to first at their competition Jan. 14th at Corner Canyon High School.

They received first places for all of their dances as they competed against other 2A schools from the region. They also received awards for technique, excellence, and for their military dance. All the girls did a great job a danced like a team.

“I’m very proud of my team and the hard work they put into getting first in every routine,” said drill coach Maddie Beck. “I’m looking forward to see their success at Region and State.”

The girls are super pumped about tomorrow for the Regional competition (they might be a little nervous too). Hopefully they can use their last performances to push them all the way to the top!

“We were all very focused and determined walking into the competition,” said Mistress Tiny Madsen. “It was the best feeling to have all of our hard work pay off and get first place.”

This competition will be the true test of the year. Let’s Go Lady Marshals! Go Win State!

“I’m very proud of my team and the hard work they put into getting first in every routine. I’m looking forward to see their success at Region and State.”-Maddie Beckimg_5888

WINTER SPORTS

by Dylan Beck

This week for Marshals sports news, we had Boy’s Basketball Wednesday, Girl’s Basketball Yesterday, and another Boy’s Basketball game in SLC. Also the Drill Team is performing on Saturday at their competition.

Girl’s Basketball has continued to do well as they are 6-6 in their last 12 games. The last game before Thursday night was against Skyridge High School. A very big but new school that was the favorite to win. Rockwell ended up losing 64-17. They started region play this Thursday against the Rowland Hall- St.Marks, Winged Lions. They lost 61-34. They hope to bounce back next Tuesday against Waterford.

Boy’s Basketball went to their tournament last week in Enterprise, Utah. It was an 8-team tournament, 4 boy teams, 4 girl teams. Rockwell versed schools El Capitan, and Water Canyon. Both games were L’s but not by much. Wednesday the Marshal’s played against our neighboring school, Westlake. JV held their own in a one of the best games they have played but lost it in the second half and lost their 1 point lead and fell to the Thunder 35-74, Varsity didn’t have the same type of game as they lost 85-25

The Drill Team had their first competition Dec 10th at Juan Diego High School. They placed 2nd in Military, 3rd in Dance, 3rd in Kick. They hope to get better results at their next competition which is this Saturday at Salem Hills. Come support your Lady Marshals!