2023 WGI Guard Indianapolis Regional - Avon HS

WEEKEND RECAP: Pride of Cincinnati, Carmel Crowned Class Champs in Indy

WEEKEND RECAP: Pride of Cincinnati, Carmel Crowned Class Champs in Indy

Pride of Cincinnati and Carmel HS come out of Indy's two-day guard regional with big wins, and more takeaways from the February 11-12 competitive weekend.

Feb 13, 2023 by Natalie Shelton
WEEKEND RECAP: Pride of Cincinnati, Carmel Crowned Class Champs in Indy

It was an early-season competitive showdown between some of the nation's best Winter Guard ensembles, and fans were treated to not only an excellent display of pageantry but some interesting competitive storylines. Here's a recap of everything you need to know about the four Guard regionals that took place this past weekend. 

Avon Regional - Feb. 11-12

2022 WGI Independent World gold medalists Pride of Cincinnati topped the class with a score of 83.500 with the debut of this year's program titled, 'All Your Love.' Onyx came in second place with a score of 81.200, while Lexis took home third (74.100), and Elevate rounded out the class in fourth place (68.400).

Scholastic World class kept things interesting over the two-day period, with Carmel HS coming out on top of the class with an 80.000, besting last year's gold medalist Avon HS by over a full point (78.900). Miamisburg HS finished third place (75.400), followed by Center Grove HS (72.900), Northview HS (71.200), Fishers HS (69.100), and finally Warren Central HS (68.400).

In Independent Open, Allegiance edged out Revivial Winter Guard to claim the top spot in the class with a score of 72.400. Bellbrook took home the crown in Scholastic Open with an impressive 77.600, topping second-place Milford HS by a margin of just over a point and a half (76.000).

In Independent Open, The Magnolia tallied a 78.530 which put them in first place in the class, while Reeths-Puffer HS took home the gold in Scholastic A (76.480). Piqua HS found themselves in first at the end of the weekend in Scholastic Regional A, with a score of 74.360.]

For a full breakdown of Saturday's Prelims scores and Sunday's finals scores, check out the results page here.

Corning Regional - Feb. 11

The battle was on in the Scholastic A class at the Corning, NY regional, with seven ensembles vying for top placements. At the end of Finals competition, Liverpool HS sat atop the table with a score of 72.050, and Mohonasen HS (69.560) just edged out New Hartford HS (69.020) by about half a point. Phoenix HS finished in fourth place (67.850, followed by Victor HS (65.670), Baldwinsville HS (64.190), and finally Lancaster HS (60.410).

Main Line Independent finished the weekend with a final score of 70.500 in the Independent Open class, and Central Square HS finished with a 65.000 in Scholastic Open. Introspection Independent was the lone Independent A participant and tallied a 60.460 in Finals. In Independent Regional A, Liverpool HS JV finished with a 65.270. 

Finally, in Scholastic Regional A, Phoenix HS Jr. topped the class with a 68.720, outscoring Central Square HS JV (67.930), Corning-Painted Post HS (58.640), Jordan Elbridge HS (58.450), and Baldwinsville HS JV (58.150).

Knoxville Regional - Feb. 11

Scholastic A was, once again, the class to watch at the Knoxville Regional. Walton HS took home a first-place finish with a score of 76.040, besting second-place Central Crossing HS by nearly 4 full points (72.050).Hardin Valley Academy rounded out the top three with a score of 70.900, besting fourth-place McEachern HS (70.560) by a slim margin.

In Independent A, Noir Independent nabbed a gold medal finish, with a score of 72.300, while Eklipse A took second (71.030), followed by Visual Theater (67.150) and Emory and Henry Independent (49.220).

In Scholastic Open, Seymour HS earned a 62.900 with their Finals run, Toccata finished Saturday with a score of 59.800 in Independent Open, and Eklipse tallied a 65.100 as the lone Independent World ensemble.

In Scholastic Regional A, Warren County HS took home first place with a score of 71.580, while McCracken County HS found itself in second (70.150), and Hardin Valley Academy took home third with a score of 67.070.

JCS-Meridian was the only group competing in Independent Regional A, and earned a 61.120 with their Finals run.

Kansas City Regional - Feb. 11

It was a battle in Scholastic A at the Kansas City Regional, with Grain Valley HS swiping the first-place finish from Blue Springs South HS Varsity by a margin of only 0.01. The two ensembles scored a 79.720 and a 79.710, respectively. Liberty HS rounded out the top-three with a score of 77.080.

In Independent A, National Avenue from Missouri State University topped the class with a score of 75.400, while Ionic Winter Guard (69.890) took second place, and Andesine of Central Missouri rounded out the top three with a score of 65.090.

Blue Springs HS Open was the lone Scholastic Open competitor and finished the weekend with a score of 75.200.

In Independent Open, The Pride of Missouri State (78.500) fought for first over La Voute Performance Ensemble (78.300), with the two groups scoring within 0.2 points of each other.

Finally, in Scholastic Regional A, Bentonville HS nabbed a first-place finish with a score of 74.300, while Hickman HS took home second (72.370), and Warrensburg HS earned third (71.770).