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ml!ullUlmlllllm illllmlllBimllmllm Page 16 " ~POI~T,% lte S ra. January 11,2012 Huskiettes loaded with experience for dance-drill season By Scan C; Morgan three years of dance team expe- Of The New Era rience. Senior Yoshiko Tomono, The Sweet Home High School an exchange student from Japan, Huskiettes will field 10 expefi- brings ballet experience. enced dancers this year, including Conrad is team captain, and two newcomers. Crites is co-captain. Returnees from last year in- "I'm looking forward to our clude seniors Emily Conrad and first competition," said Coach Laura Mauer; juniors Shalese Kristin Ashcraft. "There's no Mancuso, Karese Mancuso andreason they shouldn't take first Crystal Crites; and sophomores place." Cathy Cheshire, Leticia Virgen The team's routine is solid, and Andrea Wilcox. including three-fourths of its state They are joined by senior routine, Ashcraft said. Jennifer Warmington, who trans- The theme is "Perfect to Me," ferred to SHHS from Utah with Ashcraft said. That's based on Photos by Sean C. Morgan The Huskiettes include, in front, Captain Emily Conrad and from left in back, Andrea Wilcox, Cathy Cheshire, Leticia Virgen, Shalese Mancuso, Karese Mancuso, Co-Captain Crystal Crites, Yoshiko Tomono, Jennifer Warmington and Laura Mauer. The Sweet Home High School Huskiettes dance during halftime at the boys basketball game against Tillamook held on Jan. 3. Pink's "Perfect," the edited ver- good." ing onto the floor to offer recom- sion. The theme is an inspirational "It's kind of nice to have a mendations and adjustments. A message to youths, especially small team because they're really regular competition follows. young women, not to give in to close," Ashcraft said, and she's Last year was the first time peer pressure- because, no matter hoping state will be split among the team performed at the event, what, they're "perfect to me." small and large groups this year. Ashcraft said. Other teams have With the graduation of KyleThe Huskiettes compete Sat- coaching staffs while she doesn't, Lewis, the routine is "really girly" urday at Thurston. so "it's nice to have other people this year, Ashcraft said. The girls On Feb. 4, they compete at give me advice." are wearing dresses and excited West Linn, which includes a judg- The scheduled continues on about their costumes, es' evaluation, Ashcraft said. The Feb. 12 at Molalla and March 3 at The team's talent levels vary team will perform only in front of Sprague High School in Salem. from beginner to advanced, Ash- the judges and the coaches, and State is scheduled for March craft said. "The sophomores are they will talk to the coach during 16-17 at the Memorial Coliseum blossoming. My seniors are really the performance as well as head- in Portland. s fall h; S" b Cascade 90, Sweet Home 31 sparkled. Defensively we created The Huskies lost 90-31 at some problems for them." Cascade in girls basketball Friday The Huskies ran a triangle and night, two defense, he said, but the Huskies "We'restrugglingdefensively," were too soft on rebounding. said Coach Robby Robinson. They're struggling a little bit "We're giving up way too many with "this whole losing syndrome," rebounds, too many points and too he said, but they're working on many easy baskets." that and it doesn't mean they won't The team is struggling withovercome it. confidence when it gets behind, Sweet Home 7 5 6 13 - 31 Cascade 22 26 21 21 - 90 he said. "At times, I thought we Sweet Home scoring: Sabrina Davis 7, Jordan Miller 7, Annie Whitfield 6, Kendell Anderson 3, Megan Rubidoux 3, Nicole Bell 2, Haley Kent 2, Jasmin Yoder 1, Harley Brendle, Peyton Plebuch, Jade Corliss. Cascade scoring: Diddington 24, E. Lund 18, Sanders 11, Gaetz 9, Lowder 7, Marquez 7, C. Lund 4, Trump 6, Bartlett 2. Tillamook 82, Sweet Home 24 The Huskies lost to Tillamook 82-24 on Jan. 3 on the road. "It was the same sort of issue," Robinson said. "We came out of the gate and played great." Photos courtesy of Kim Bell Annie Whitfield goes up for a bucket against Cascade. Rubidoux was on fire, scoring Sweet Home 13 6 0 5 - 24 11 points in the first quarter. Tied Tillamook 30 28 18 6- 82 Sweet Home scoring: Rubidoux 11, Sarah 11-11, Tillamook called a timeout, Wyatt 8, Brendle 2, Miller 2, Davis, Yoder, and took off. Kent, Anderson, Whitfield, Bell, Plebuch, With three big girls, rebounding Corliss. was a struggle for the Huskies, at 5 Tillamook scoring: Strang 16, Hoopes 16, Hahn 15, Kranl 13, Carney 12, Valencia 4, feet 6 inches at the bottom of the Zerngast 4, Klahn 4, Sherer 1. 2-3, Robinsons aid.