Carroll guard places second at state

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Carroll’s varsity winter guard (top) placed second at Saturday’s Class A state finals at Center Grove High School. Pictured in the back row, from the left, are Mandy Felger, Emily Miller, Allison Boyer, Gabby Horwitz, Alli Renno, Hannah Harrigan and Emerson Krider. Second row from left, Gillian Gump, Sarah McKendry, Rachel Hayden, Lorelei Colby, Samantha Tuesley and Sarah Schneider. First row from left, Libby Lopez, Madeline Herbst, Morgan Pfeiffer, Hannah Brown and Emma Neher. Carroll’s junior varsity (bottom) placed second in the Class A Regional. Back row from left, Zoe Meyer, Maison Summers, Abby Kautz, Lexi Damerell, Audrey Genauer and Alyssa Mahoney. Second row from left, Jillian McComb, Peter Swift, Mackenzie Hathaway, Sandra Bielek, Caitlin Syrek and Riley Tanksley. First row from left, Caroline Hess, Raegan Long, Jenna Miller, Adora Brown and Trinity Cuellar.

FORT WAYNE — Carroll High School’s varsity winter guard was the runner-up during state finals at Center Grove High School. Carroll scored 87.59 points in the Class A finals to champion Zionsville’s 89.74.

Carroll’s varsity program is entitled “Operator.” The music is a cover of the Jim Croce song of the same name.

“What we wanted our show to portray was the feeling of being disconnected — whether that was physically by distance, emotionally or literally (being on a phone call and not being able to get through),” Director Ryan Long said. “The lyrics of the song also hint at wanting to be connected to a person but being unsure if that is a good idea or not, the stereotypical ‘What my heart and head are saying are two different things.’”

Carroll’s staff includes assistant director Brittany Krieg, dance choreographer Lauren Lawhead and dance tech Courtney Roop. Geoff Goelz handles choreography and staging, and Chad Young also assists with staging.

Carroll’s junior varsity guard also placed second during Saturday’s Regional Class A finals, scoring 88.91 points, behind Franklin Central (91.57).

The JV program is entitled “Upon the Strings” and features “The Cello Song” by Piano Guys. The group’s tarp is white with a black cello digitally printed on it, that spans from one corner to the other.

“This year has been extremely successful,” Long said. “The JV and varsity programs have both placed at the top of their classes at every contest.”

The Carroll varsity and JV guards placed first at their home invite in February. The junior varsity also earned championship finishes at East Noble, Westfield and Zionsville. The varsity placed second at all three of those contests. Both groups won their rounds at semi-state March 9.