TMP band dominates at Colorado competition
By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN
The Thomas More Prep-Marian High School band had to make room on a minibus on a recent trip home from Colorado.
Following an impressive performance at the Winter Park Ski Music Festival in Grandby, Colo., in late March, the Monarchs carted home three large trophies.
In addition to claiming trophies in its own division while competing against schools of similar size, TMP also won the overall grand championship award.
The 65-member band won a superior rating in Class IIA, a classification in Colorado comparable to 3A in Kansas, as well as best in class for all bands in the IIA level.
Amrein said she had heard about the skiing music festival years ago and decided to give it a try this year.
She thought it would be a good experience, no matter how the band fared in the standings.
"I thought we would do well against schools of our size," Amrein said. "But when I saw some of the big Texas schools there, I thought we didn't have a chance (for the top overall award)."
Judges, though, thought otherwise.
Young scholars finish impressive seasons
If the 2013-14 season is any indication, both local high schools can expect successful scholars bowl seasons for years to come.
This year's Hays Middle School's eighth-grade team finished the season winning four of its five tournaments and finishing second in the other, while the eighth-grade squad at Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior High School placed in the top three of five of its nine meets, including two first-place performances.
The HMS eighth-grade squad finished the season with a .977 win percentage, winning all but one of its 43 matches.
Both seventh-grade teams also enjoyed banner years, with TMP's placing in all but of its nine outings, including three championship efforts.
Hays Middle School's seventh-grade team also placed at all but one meet, finishing first as a team twice.