OREM -- The Bountiful High School Mandonelles proved that they deserve a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t, sweeping all three state 4-A drill team events to take home the overall championship for the third year in a row.
The Bonneville Lakettes were the bridesmaids, placing third in military, second in dance, and second in kick.
In the 5-A competition, held at the same time at Utah Valley University's UCCU Center, Northridge was the only top of Utah team to break into the top five, placing fourth in kick with a high energy routine in designer sunglasses and silver jackets and boots. Bingham won the overall title.
In red dresses with long curly wigs Bountiful smiled, oohed, and ahhed through their dance routine to an Aretha Franklin medley of Freedom and Respect, awing the audience and the judges.
"We're very excited," said coach Jan Whittaker, surrounded by her team celebrating the sweep. "We've never had that (a sweep) happen before."
Whittaker said that they had a lot of young dancers on the team that were nervous at first, but they worked out the kinks and were able to perform.
"Dance was our best routine," she said. "We nailed it today. The others had a few mistakes, but that one we nailed."
"It was just absolutely exhilarating," said Bountiful team captain Angie Bohn. "I've never felt so much joy in the world!"
Bountiful performed their kick routine in ballet point shoes, looking like professional ballerinas, even though some of the girls had only danced in them since the start of the season.
"Our choreography helped raise the bar," said Bohn. "We always think, 'How can we beat our routines from last year?' This year we also decided to do left and right aerials. Most teams just do one side."
Bonneville put together sparkling routines with wowing costumes, but found themselves in second for the second year in a row to the Mandonelles.
"We had a rough start with our placement, but they did everything I asked them and I'm very pleased with how they performed," said Bonneville coach Lindsey Judkins.
Despite a fall during an aerial in the dance routine, Bonneville was able to put together solid routines with difficult maneuvers.
"Our very best was kick," said Bailey Adams, Bonneville drill president. The Lakettes performed a playful kick routine in jailstripes to "Jailhouse Rock."
"We just kept getting our energy up and up. That was the funnest dance," said Adams.
Other honors awarded at the competition included a voted-on sportsmanship award which went to the Box Elder High School team, and Mountain Crest's Julie Howard was coach of the year.
The 1-A/2-A/3-A championships begin at 9 a.m. today at UVU.
Military--1. Brighton; 2. Bingham; 3. Copper Hills; 4. Hunter; 5. Cottonwood.
Dance--1. Bingham; 2. Copper Hills; 3. Lone Peak; 4. Cottonwood; 5. Hillcrest.
Kick--1. Binghaml; 2. Cottonwood; 3. Brighton; 4. Northridge; 5. Lone Peak.
Overall--1. Bingham; 2. Cottonwood; 3. Copper Hills; 4. Brighton; 5. Lone Peak.
Military--1. Bountiful; 2. Maple Mountain; 3. Bonneville; 4. Mountain Crest; 5. Dixie.
Dance--1. Bountiful; 2. Bonneville; 3. Maple Mountain; 4. Dixie; 5. Mountain Crest.
Kick--1. Bountiful; 2. Bonneville; 3. Maple Mountain; 4. Mountain Crest; 5. Dixie.
Overall--1. Bountiful; 2. Bonneville; 3. Maple Mountain; 4. Mountain Crest; 5. Dixie.