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Page 16 - December 31, 2008 , SPORTS E 00perienced dancers aim for high By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home High School Huskiettes are bringing experience to the dance floor this "'It's nice to have that many taking the usual limited male returning members," Coach role. He is joined by partners Kristin Ashcraft said. Last Stoner and Parga. year, she had eight or nine new "It's more ballet style dancers, moves, which are more difficult." all the choreography, teaching it "If we can put her vision on the floor, we'll be doing really good." Stoner's creativity and level this year. and like other thinks it's the best team she said. "This is the best ever had. In the fact that "re all friends, that's true." year. and they're ambitiously tackling a much more difficult dance routine than they have in the last few years. The team returns all 11 of last year's members and adds three new dancers, including a senior from Colombia. Brenda Bejarano. and freshmen Emily Conrad and Laura Mauer. Returning dancers include fourth-year dancer Whitney Stonera senior. Third-year dancers include juniors Kayla Froman. Jessica Parga and Sara Traeger. Second-year dancers include senior Katherine Reed; junior Tori Lillich; and sophomores Michaella Parks, Krystal Juza, Rachel Thomas. Kaitlyn Long and Kyle Lewis. "The light bulb goes on the second year," she said. "Toes are pointed: leaps are higher." And the dancers want to take their show to the next level, she said. They have pushed for the more advanced routine they will perform this year. Their theme this year is "Love," Ashcraft said. It's a contemporary piece, more lyrical. The performance is about 5 minutes 30 seconds long and set to "Dancing" by Elisa. The dance style features more lifts, heavily involving male dancer Lewis, Ashcraft said, including overhead lifts and group lifts. He is a central character in the unfolding story of the performance rather than Celebrate! 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West and South Albany high schools both did it last year. she said. and they did well with the style. Her team was insistent they it too. she said, and "they can do it." Stoner has done a great leading the choreography, said. She has a vision of in her head. and "she's a great job of mapping out choreography have improved tremendously over the years, Ashcraft said. Assisting in the choreography are junior Parga, sophomore Parks and Ashcraft. The song and dance start out to a slow piano part, building dramatically, louder and faster, to a graceful ending, Ashcraft said. It includes a number of features that judges have looked for in recent years. Last year, judges asked 'Where is the "wow factor."' Ashcraft said. That's included this year, with multiple lifts. The style is more modern, off-center, more abstract and less symmetrical. The dancers break into groups of twos and threes frequently. "I think this year, what we're doing are things the judges will like," she said. 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The 11 local youngsters going onto compete at the Oregon Classic Jan. 10-11 and their qualifying places (in their respective weight divisions) are: Bantam Travis Thorpe third: Novice - Brandon Keenon. first: Chris Melcher, second: Tyler Schilling, second: Schoolboy - Austin Bruijn, second: Zak Gill, first: Brian Malloy, third: Nate Melcher. first: Colton Schilling, first: Cadet - Colby DeCleve. third: Trever Olson. first. Other wrestlers who competed were Tyler Finch. Jacob Pricer. JC Elder. Cole Ashcraft. Anthony Hardee. Mikey Pricer. Barrett Stephens, Dylan Elder. Mat Pitts. and Ian Search. : Movin9? ." Please call our circula60n : : department : '"9' ; : 36.-.136 : wou so8 oi