Highlands Ranch Poms team plays hard but works harder

Highlands Ranch Poms team plays hard but works harder


Highlands Ranch Poms team plays hard but works harder

2014-15 Highlands Ranch Varsity Poms

KUSA – Fun and goofy while bonding, motivated and focused while training. The Highlands Ranch Poms team is a tight knit group of girls that are creating friendships and goals in the 2014-15 season.

Coach Amanda Humphrey spoke highly of the girls drive, “This year’s team is an extremely motivated and hardworking team. We have a plan and a goal when we have practice. It’s a very clear and defined practice.”

The team has made a few goals this year to help them become a better team. “One of our goals this year is to always be better than the last time.” Amanda said. “We want to continue building and always working to improve ourselves.”

Technique is one of the areas that Coach Amanda Humphrey wants to work on. “Technically we are pretty strong. We have very nice turning and nice legs. We have a very leggy-team,” Amanda said, both characteristics that dance teams take a lot of pride in. “We are striving to be the most technical team, not saying that we are the most technical, but we want to be considered the team that is trained more technically.” Each girl being trained in a studio outside of the school is one of the ways the girls are perfecting their skills.

In Douglas County, there is no lack of dance talent and the Falcon’s poms team knows that, so they train hard; however, the girls also play hard.

Amanda said, “They are a very silly group of girls. They make me laugh at the things they do.” Coach Amanda spoke about a time the girls had competed and a lift didn’t go up as they had been practicing. It didn’t showcase the girls hard work at practice. Amanda asked, “What happen?” and one of the girls said, “I forgot to straighten my arms.” The team had burst out laughing because this was something they had been rehearsing for weeks flawlessly according to their coach.

Jokes aside, the girls are motivated to go all the way to state this year. In the midst of their hard work a couple other goals the girls would like to achieve is a family. The bonds created from sports can be some of the strongest bonds athletes will make because not only are you with one another day after day, but you fail, endure, and succeed together. “They are a very united group,” Amanda said, “We want to create a team unity, a family mentality by building relationships.”

The girls support one another while also supporting other sports teams at Highlands Ranch High School. The team is trying to go to at least two games of every sport at the high school while also going to every home football, basketball game and their own competitions.

A truly dedicated team, the girls enjoy they’re moment performing in front of the school at assemblies and games because that is when they also feel that the school/audience is supporting them.

Go support this family of hardworking, silly group of student athletes when they compete on Saturday, Nov. 8 in the National Dance Alliance (NDA) located at Chaparral High School.


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