A win is a win. I know we didn't move the needle on the score, but neither did anybody else at the top. Point Pleasant was in the same boat and both Jacksons actually went down from the week before. Did their shows get worse? No. Did ours stay exactly the same? No. Every team of judges will approach things a little differently and that came through in the scoring. The most important thing is that we were at the top. SO...
Yes, we slipped a little in the state standings for seeding. But look at this, Kingsway (who we were ahead of on Saturday night) went out the next day and scored almost 3 points higher. I don't think they radically altered their show in the 12 hours between getting the judges comments and performing again. That group of judges just gave out some higher scores. My thinking, if we were at that show our score probably would have been higher too and we would have beat them there as well. When we walked off the field I thought we would pull a 76. That would have us 2nd in the state right now. We are still in this!
Also, don't discount these 4th place overall finishes. For the past 3 weeks we have come in 4th overall just behind some heavy hitters. Twice it has been Jackson Memorial (a group 6), Jackson Liberty (a group 5), Point Pleasant ( a group 4), South. See a trend here? That's some pretty nice company. We know all about Jackson, and Point has been competing at a high level for a long time. Like, since before you guys were born. We have made some big steps over the past few years. Don't forget how important that is.
Why am I so optimistic? Because I know that our show isn't done getting better, and I know that you know that too. People like this show. Judges like this show. You've heard it in their comments. We are in our wheelhouse doing something that we are good at. It's time to double down on ourselves and know that we have the potential to get better and the ability to tap into it. Don't take your foot off the gas, don't let up even a little. Floor it, and see that we are capable of being the best!