RECAP: Third Coast Independent Comes Out Strong, The Woodlands Near 80

RECAP: Third Coast Independent Comes Out Strong, The Woodlands Near 80

Third Coast Independent has a strong debut, The Woodlands creep toward 80 points, and more takeaways from the February 18-19 competitive weekend.

Feb 20, 2023 by Natalie Shelton
RECAP: Third Coast Independent Comes Out Strong, The Woodlands Near 80

The competition amongst winter guard programs throughout the nation is already heating up. Here's a recap of everything you need to know about the four Guard regionals that took place this past weekend, February 18-19.

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Houston Regional - Feb. 18

The big story coming out of the Lone Star State this weekend is that the newly-formed Independent World ensemble, Third Coast Independent, is going to be a group you should keep an eye on. They topped the IW class this weekend in both Prelims and Finals, beating Lake Area Independent by a margin of about six points. TCA earned a 67.800 in Finals while Lake Area Independent tallied a score of 61.700.

The Woodlands HS was the lone Scholastic World ensemble, earning an impressive 78.800 in Finals.

In Scholastic Open, College Park HS sat atop the table with a score of 72.000, followed by Cy-Fair HS (68.500), Earl Warren HS (64.800), and Dawson HS rounding out the class (52.300).

It was a battle of the college ensembles in Independent A, with Sam Houston State earning the top class placement with a score of 69.770. Tarleton State University Purple Pride came in second with a score of 63.690.

The Scholastic A class was jam-packed with stiff competition and was the class to watch this weekend. Jordan HS walked away with the gold medal with a score of 79.640, edging out Clear Brook HS which earned a score of 79.000. Rounding out the top three was Georgetown HS with a score of 78.430 while The Woodlands HS took fourth place with a score of 76.510.

Finally, in Scholastic Regional A, Waller HS topped the table with a score of 73.180, beating out Foster HS JV (71.090) and Katy HS JV (68.130). 

For a full breakdown of scores from the weekend, check out the Results page here.

Mansfield Regional - Feb. 18

In the Independent World class, ORIGINS walked away with top placement after scoring a 78.500, while Mirage took second with a score of 75.500.

ORIGINS Open was the lone Independent Open competitor this weekend and finished Saturday's competition with an impressive score of 80.400.

It was a tight race in Scholastic Open, with Flower Mound HS fighting for its first-place finish (75.100), just barely edging out second-place Coppell HS (75.000). Marcus HS rounded out the top three with a score of 74.100, followed by Little Elm HS (72.800), McKinney HS (70.300), and finally McNeil HS (69.900).

Eagle Mountain Independent was the only Independent A ensemble of the weekend, scoring a 77.070 in Finals. 

Finally, in Scholastic A, Mount Pleasant HS came out of the weekend victorious with a score of 77.480. Burleson Centennial HS came in second with a score of 77.060, while Timber Creek HS earned third with a score of 76.710. Emerson HS came in fourth with a score of 76.160.

Salem Regional - Feb. 18

Blessed Sacrament came out on top in the Independent World class, with a super impressive score of 86.100. Fusion Winter Guard came in second with a score of 80.500.

In Independent Open, 3rd Legend topped the table with a 75.600, leaving Blessed Sacrament (Open) to slide into second place with a score of 72.900.

Crowd-favorite Shenendehowa HS (75.700) took gold in the Scholastic Open class, leaving Bethel HS Varsity to take silver (72.600), and Dartmouth HS with the bronze (71.700).

Independent A had a close race for first, with St. Anns (76.290) eventually claiming top honors and edging out Les Eclipses (76.170) and Gates Chili Independent Winter Guard (70.730).

In Scholastic A, Salem HS finished the weekend at the top of the table with a score of 76.870, squeezing out the victory over Billerica Memorial Combined Schools (76.790) and Mansfield HS (76.200).

3rd Legend was the lone Independent Regional A competitor, finishing the weekend with a score of 73.400.

Finally, in Scholastic Regional A, Wakefield HS breezed into first place with a score of 78.220, while Reading Memorial HS (74.750) fought for second over Bethel MS JV (74.010), which finished in third. 

Huntsville Regional - Feb. 18

Alta Marea Winterguard held down the Independent Open class with a score of 74.800. In Scholastic Open, Belleville East HS Varsity was the lone class competitor and finished Finals with a score of 71.200.

In Independent A, Southern Roots earned first place with a score of 71.490, while The University of Memphis Winterguard (68.040) claimed second, and FIG Independent (63.430) finished in third place. 

Franklin HS earned the top placement in Scholastic A with an impressive 80.100, followed by Mt. Juliet HS (79.420) in second and Hernando HS (78.240) rounding out the top three. 

In Scholastic Regional A, Belleville East HS JV fought for its first-place finish, earning a 76.070, followed by Winfield City HS (74.700), and Oxford HS (72.030).

La Quest Winterguard was the lone Independent Regional A ensemble and earned a 76.260 with its Finals run. 

For a complete breakdown of this weekend's scores and to see the in-depth score recap, click here.