THS dance team to perform at state
If all works out as planned, two Tonganoxie High squads will be participating Saturday at the Salina Bicentennial Center.
The THS girls basketball team opens the state tournament Thursday. If the Chieftains can win Thursday and Friday, they would play at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Class 4A girls championship game.
Another THS squad already is slated to appear Saturday.
The Chieftain Stars dance team will perform at halftime of the boys championship game, which will start about 6 p.m.
Dance team coach Pam Lamb sent in a request to the Kansas State High School Activities Association at the beginning of the year to perform during the tournament.
Coaches must submit letters explaining why their teams should perform at the state event.
"We had attended camps and received some awards at camp and performed at every Friday home game through football and basketball, and so we do a lot of performances through the year," Lamb explained.
The squad also performed last season at state, but it was during a first-round game during the first night of the tournament.
Lamb said dance team members were delighted to hear the good news.
"They're pretty excited about it," she said. "They think that that's petty special they were selected to perform at the championship game. There will probably be a big crowd.
"They're hoping our girls will play on Saturday too, and that will make it even more special. So they're pretty excited about that."
Last year's squad was not the first dance team to perform at the state tournament, Lamb said, but it had been several years between state performances.
Although the state doesn't give any explanation for why teams perform on specific nights, Lamb was thrilled to hear that the squad would be performing Saturday.
"I think it's kind of an honor to perform in that championship game," Lamb said. "When I heard it was Saturday night I was like 'whoa, OK, that's cool.'"