Bonney Lake Pantherettes claim state championship

The Bonney Lake Pantherettes once again brought their magic to the state drill competition, coming away with a state championship title in the show category. The Panthettes faced down Lakes, Woodland and Sumner high schools, scoring an exceptional 260.90 points during the March 26 competition. The team was sent to state after placing first in the show category at districts. They also placed second in the military category.

Top row: Taylor Dunn as the White Rabbit

The Bonney Lake Pantherettes once again brought their magic to the state drill competition, coming away with a state championship title in the show category.

The Panthettes faced down Lakes, Woodland and Sumner high schools, scoring an exceptional 260.90 points during the March 26 competition. The team was sent to state after placing first in the show category at districts. They also placed second in the military category.

“The team this year is a lot of new girls,” said second-season coach Lisa O’Brien. “They were willing to work hard and they did a great job coming together and getting the job done.”

The Pantherettes had five seniors, Regan Austin, Emily Burmeister, Katelynn Lackey, Lindsey O’Brien, and Kirsten Sterling, plus junior Brenna Bailey, who were able to show the ropes to the newcomers on the team, O’Brien said.

This isn’t the first time the Bonney Lake drill team has gone to state. Last year, the Pantherettes competed in the dance, military and pom categories at state, although they did not place.

In 2014, when Bonney Lake competed with other 4A schools, the Pantherettes came close to securing a state title in the military category, and the team did secure fourth place in the pom category in 2013. The Pantherettes went to nationals that year, where they earned two second place trophies.

For this year’s show category, the team put together an Alice in Wonderland-themed routine.

“The show routine itself is hard – it’s twice as long as other routines,” O’Brien explained. “It involved props and characters and a lot of extra time involved with learning it.”

O’Brien thanked the team’s choreographer, who O’Brien credits with the vision of the routine, and parent volunteers who put together all the costumes and props for the routine.

“There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears in making costumes and things like that,” she said. “The girls are amazing and the parents are amazing.”

 

More in News

Abigail Hill, 19, is crowned Miss Washington by the 2017 title winner, Alex Carlson-Helo. Photo courtesy Jerry and Lois Photography
Local Miss Washington prepares for national stage

That’s right — Enumclaw is competing in Miss U.S.A. Abigail Hill, the city’s newest star, was recently crowned Miss Washington , clearing the way for her to compete nationally in the spring.

Suspect faces possible ‘third strike’ after alleged car chase, kidnapping

A suspect with a long criminal history finds himself in “third strike” jeopardy, the result of an alleged robbery in Enumclaw and ensuing car chase out of town.

Why now is a good time for a flu shot | Public Health Insider

With the holidays drawing near, many of us look forward to travel or seeing family and friends. And just as our schedules get busier, it’s also the time of year when the flu starts to circulate. We turned to Libby Page, manager of our immunizations program, to get the scoop on flu vaccine.

Election 2017: Change in Enumclaw; Buckley mayor race close

The 2017 general election is over, and although the results are still two weeks from being certified, many candidates are in the clear to take up their elected positions come winter.

Proposed recycling center sparks environmental fears

A proposed material processing facility outside of Enumclaw has some local conservationists worried about how it may affect the Green River and other natural environments. “The location of this, next to this natural area, just is not right. It doesn’t make sense to us at all, for a variety of reasons,” said Bernie McKinney, president of the Green River Coalition, a non-profit preservationist group.

Get your fill of winter activities on Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier’s landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation in winter.

Holiday shows bring out the classics, family favorites

Sumner’s two performance arts groups have a slew of holiday shows for you to enjoy.

Sumner students spent summer learning to define, defy boundaries

Four Sumner High School students explored the world of boundaries last summer when they attended the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization’s World Student Conference in New York.

Antibiotic resistant gonorrhea found in King County | Public Health Insider

Public Health – Seattle & King County’s STD Clinic Director, Dr. Lindley Barbee, MD, MPH has found antibiotic resistance in a drug that is used to treat gonorrhea. We talked to her to find out more.

Bonney Lake, Sumner gear up for holiday festivities

Plateau holiday festivities are right around the corner.

Enumclaw, Buckley busy during the holidays

What’s going on during the holiday season on the Plateau? Here’s a list of activities you and your family may enjoy!