Winter Guard Earns WGI Finals Spot

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego High School Winter Guard traveled to Rochester on February 8 and participated in the Winter Guard International Regional held at Victor High School.

Coming off their 2013 State Championship, the 17-member guard had a terrific performance and was one of only six finalists selected for the finals competition in the Scholastic A Class.

This was the first time in the history of the program that Oswego made a finals competition at a WGI event.

Oswego performed strongly during the finals competition and placed fifth with a score of 67.13.

Liverpool High School finished in sixth place with a score of 63.16.

Victor High School captured  the crown with a score of 72.75 and was followed by Arlington High School, Phoenix and Lancaster.

“The guard was phenomenal all day,” said Mike Tierney, OHS Winter Guard director. “We left for Victor at eight in the morning and did not return back to OHS until after midnight. They had eight hours of down time in between performances and made the most everything. The most exciting part of my day was being able to tell them that they made finals. It certainly is a moment I will never forget!”

The 2014 Oswego High School Winter Guard is led on the floor by seniors Myranda Arnesen, Danielle Gilbert, Cassie Hondro, Cassidy Jones, Cayla Knopp, Betsy O’Gorman, Brittany Reed and Annie Reynolds.

Other members of the guard include Emily Bradshaw, Katie Bradshaw, Jillian Dowdle, Cheyenne Malone, Chloe Patterson, Kylie Pelkey, Katherine Pecora, Sarah Reynolds and Ashley Richmond.

Oswego returns to competition this Saturday at Liverpool.

A week earlier, the Oswego High School Winter Guard opened up the competitive season at Mexico High School.

The guard, coming off their 2013 state championship in the A-2 class, scored a 57.31 in the Scholastic A-1 class and took home the first place trophy.

Other winter guards competing at the show included Mexico, Sherburne-Earlville, Cortland, New Hartford and East Syracuse Minoa.

The Oswego Winter Guard began practices in the beginning of December and has been rehearsing three days a week to learn their show.

“After winning the state championship last year it was in the best interest of the program to move up another class to the scholastic A-1 division. The show we have given to the students is more physically demanding and much more complex than anything they have ever done before yet they are achieving at a very high level for this time of the year,” Tierney said. “Their dedication to the show and to their teammates has been remarkable and I could not be more proud of their achievements.”