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Huskiettes name team award winners


March 31, 2015

DANCE AWARD WINNERS, from left, are Minami Takeshita, Adriana Perez, Kailey Harrington and Tori Ingram.

The Sweet Home High School Huskiettes dance team named Kailey Harrington the Most Valuable Dancer Monday evening during its annual awards dinner.

Also receiving awards from their teammates were Tori Ingram, Most Improved; Adriana Perez, Most Inspirational; and Minami Takeshita, Rookie of the Year.

“It was a good year,” said Coach Eohe Howerton. “It was a sucessful year.”

The Huskiettes placed fifth at state.

“Our exhibition was probably one of the biggest exhibitions we’ve had in years,” Howerton said. The community support was strong.

“It was fun,” she said. “The community loved those little kids.”

The exhibition, held on March 16, featured young children who attended a dance clinic with the Huskiettes on March 13.

It’s been a whirlwind since Howerton began coaching the team in June, after coaching junior high for 10 years, she said. “The best is at the end when they got to go to state.“

After many hours of practice, she was happy to hear positive feedback, she said. In one case, a Portland area coach noticed how much improvement the team made between January and state.

All but three members of the team earned their first letter in dancing this year. They included freshmen Tori Ingram, Marissa Green and Zoe Denbo; sophomore Ilima Walker; and seniors Minami Takeshita, Akie Endo, Adriana Perez and Alisa Navolochnaia.

Earning second-year letters were junior Mikaela Batchelor and sophomores Kailey Harrington and Dana Hiett.


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