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2014-2015 Poms tryouts yield 31 new members

By Tara Higgins

One of Legend’s most involved and competitive sports is Poms. After Poms tryouts, which were held on April 29 through May 3, Legend will see 31 new members take center stage in the 2014-2015 school year.

“We were very happy with the turnout that we had for tryouts and are extremely excited for this new year,” said Varsity Assistant Coach Kenzie McManus.

“We have a lovely bunch of girls and can’t wait to get started working with them.”

The Poms teams will be heading to camp in June, which McManus believes “is one of the most fun events that we do during our season.”

“It is the first time that all the girls have the opportunity to get to know one another and bond as a team and as a program,” McManus said.

Here is a list of the 2014-2015 Varsity and Junior Varsity Poms teams:


Hannah Arnoldi JR
Ashley Badovinac FR
Julia Getchell SO
Mackenzie Kirschner SR
Mikayla Lui FR
Mandy Martin JR
Melanie Miller SO
Alexis Oswald FR
Rachel Queen FR
Mikalyn Shonrock JR
Amanda Sprague JR
Kayla Steele SO
Savannah Wales JR
Macey Weed SO


Junior Varsity:

Payton Caldarella JR
Ali Colwell FR
Amy Elkin SO
Amara Faison SO
Meghan Gregston FR
Rachel Guerra SO
Alexis Houseman SO
Emma Jones FR
Rachel Key FR
Taylor LaKomy FR
Natalia Lopez SO
Daniela Martinez SO
Hannah Muldoon SO
Elizabeth Provines FR
Maria Stevenson FR
Lauren Wilkerson SO
Sadie Williams FR

Vaulting Up The Charts

By Tara Higgins and Jess Ameter

If you were to stop and ask someone in the halls what they think of Legend’s gymnastics team, the answer would probably be something like this: We have a gymnastics team?

Well, the answer is yes. In fact, four girls from Legend are currently members of the gymnastics team that is hosted at Ponderosa High School and recently placed 10th at the 5A State meet. Five Douglas County Schools currently have contributing members.

Freshmen Taylor Kubly and Kendall Moede, junior McKenna Moede, and senior Addison Babineau join students from Douglas County, Chaparral, Castle View, and Ponderosa High Schools on the team. Despite all of their hard work, the team often goes unrecognized.

“I feel like we don’t get recognized as much as some of the other sports, but I understand because it is hard when we are part of another high school,” said McKenna Moede. “Ponderosa receives more support because it is at their school.”

The team practices Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., and sometimes on Fridays. Because the girls are all close friends, there is no problem getting to practices. McKenna Moede drives her sister Kendall and their teammate Kubly to practice every day.

The girls have mixed feelings as to whether their sport affects their social life. Kubly says it doesn’t, while McKenna believes that there can be cliques that result from all of the different schools involved “when people make friends with the girls from their own school,” said McKenna.

Despite all of this, the team remains very much a “family,” according to Kubly. “Our team is perfect,” she said. “We all treat each other with respect.”

The team pulled together recently, competing in the state meet at Thorton High School on Nov. 1. Only Kubly and McKenna from Legend competed, with McKenna competing in the all-around event and Kubly on vault. During the meet, the team increased their standing by two places.

“We all support each other which helps so much and it feels great to have that support,” says Kubly. According to Kubly, she might even consider competing in higher competitions if given the chance. “Gymnastics is everything to me and it would be an honor to compete in [the Olympics or] those types of meets.”

Although the last competition of the season was the state meet at Thorton, the girls are by no means through with gymnastics for the year.

“I am working on a back tuck on the beam, front handspring, front full on floor, and giants on bars,” McKenna said. Although McKenna does not wish to pursue a future in gymnastics, she is still very dedicated to her team.

The gymnastics team at Legend may, for the most part, go unnoticed, but the girls on the team work just as hard and invest just as much time as members of any other sport. It’s an involved sport, one of the most dangerous, and one of the hardest, but all of the members hope to encourage other gymnasts to carry on.

“Be the best you can be and leave it all on the mat,” McKenna said.

Kubly agreed: “[Just] have confidence in yourself and don’t ever give up!”

Poms Perfected



By Tara Higgins

Photos by Bethany Eveleth

Competitive dance is one of the more involved sports for the 29 girls on this year’s Poms teams. Last year’s line-up won twelfth at the State competition and earned a bid to Nationals. This year’s Poms team will have to work even harder to achieve Varsity Coach Kelly McManus’ goal of making the top 10 at this year’s State event in December. “We want to do better than last year,” McManus said.

Last year, Poms introduced its first ever Junior Varsity team, and it was also the first year team captains were elected to head the team and organize the competitions and events. “Captains are chosen based on seniority, dedication to the team, organization, reliability, helpfulness . . . The girls all vote on who they would like as their Captain, and then the coaches have the final say,” said JV coach Anna Smith. “They are so helpful!”

A JV team was added because of the increase in the number of girls who tried out. Having so many girls is a huge advantage. “It is great having a big team. Hopefully we will grow even more next year too,” Smith said. “It makes it way easier, so many more options with more girls. We are loving it!”

Varsity captains are seniors Megan Clayton and Jori Reed, while JV team captains are senior Liz Anthony and sophomores Payton Caldarella and Tyler Swick. Their tasks include keeping more girls under control than ever before. But it also means the teams can have more organization, according to Anthony.

The new school year will bring several new obstacles both teams will have to face. Both are expanding and adding new team members. JV had only nine members last year and they now have 14, but Varsity expanded even more, adding four new spots. Many  girls have also moved up from last year’s JV to this year’s Varsity. The dance experience they earned from JV improved their dancing and made it easier for them to compete at Varsity level. Although they all agree it’s harder, there are more things they can do, including an increase in dances, competitions, and practice time.

As the teams expand, so do the advantages. Because there are more girls, both teams can choreograph dances where everyone can have more fun. “We get to try new formations,” said Clayton. “It’s different because we can have more fun with it.”

Returning team members must now be involved in a strict workout routine that was not required last year. “Every Monday we do an hour of crossfit,” said Varsity team member,  senior Nidia Lopez. “We run every day, [but] it pays off. It’s a tough workout.”

But there are also a lot of challenges. “[We have] a lot of girls who have never competed before,” said McManus.

There is no lack of talent, though. There are many experienced dancers on the teams. Varsity captain Clayton has been on the Poms teams since her freshman year. Even though not all of the team members have been part of Poms teams before, they have all danced before.

“I’ve been dancing since I was three,” said Varsity member sophomore Mandy Martin.

Her teammate, senior Morgan Niemann, has been a dancer for 12 years. “This year I just wanted to keep doing it because I love dancing,” Niemann said. “It’s super fun.”

Both teams are preparing for their next big events. Varsity is currently working on their competition jazz dance for State at the Denver Coliseum. The also have a League event in November and Nationals are being held in Florida in February 2014.