Seven teams of Hannibal High School athletes lined up across the football field at Porter Stadium Friday evening for “Meet the Pirates” night.
Although the fall team rosters have not been finalized, the tentative members of each team individually introduced themselves to the public, giving their name and school year.
After being introduced, several teams did a scrimmage, either on the football field or in Korf Fieldhouse.
Proud parents and grandparents were in abundance as the athletes took to the field for their brief introductions.
Among the crowd were two grandmothers who share a granddaughter. Melinda Wright and Phyllis Watson Edwards both are grandmothers of Brooklyn Watson, a HHS junior on the volleyball team. Edwards also had another granddaughter on the team, Carli Watson, a HHS senior.
The cross country team was the first introduced, followed by the swimming, tennis, soccer, volleyball, softball and football teams.
The athletes were spotlighted on this special night, but the football cheerleaders and HHS dance team also were introduced and performed, sharing the way they have been preparing to appear together at ball games.
Football cheerleaders Maiya Sorrels, Samantha Mellon and Destyni Combs explained they learned the new routine combining their squad with the dance team to present the song, “Come On, Feel the Noise,” by Quiet Riot.
“We learned it in only four days,” said Sorrels.
Mellon said they had attended a cheer clinic, and “cheerleading is pretty much my life.”
Combs explained the group had to change its routine on Friday when one member was absent, and “we changed the routine in 45 minutes.”
Five members of the dance team explained that combining their performance with the cheerleaders was the idea of their dance coach, Jennifer Benson. Benson acknowledged this was true, adding, “we wanted to show that we are a group, working together.”
The girls were two freshmen - Jordan Zimmer and Richy Rodgers - and three sophomores - Jackie Dowil, Korissa Glynn and Hannah Bogue. Bogue said combining their flag and dance routine with the cheerleaders’ performance “made it bigger and better.”
Bogue was proud to report that in July at a Universal Dance Association camp “we qualified for the nationals,” so the dance team will compete in February in Orlando, Fla.
The girls also reported that four members of their dance team will go to London as members of the All-American team. Dowil and Bogue are in this group, along with HHS senior Candace Howe and sophomore Trennity Roland. They will dance in the New Year’s Eve parade in London.