With 20 women’s choirs from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois, the High School Women’s Choir Festival held at Saint Mary’s College promotes female chorus groups, Nancy Menk, director of choral activities, said. “It’s for constructive criticism and help,” she said. “It’s not a competition. It’s just a festival.” Menk said the opportunity allowed feedback from a panel of three commentators. The festival, which began Thursday, also allowed each choir to listen to comparable women’s choirs to gain insight. The commentators this year were Paul Caldwell of Chicago, Sean Ivory of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Barbara Tagg of Syracuse, N.Y. According to Menk, each choir performed for the other choirs and the commentators. Following each performance, one of the three commentators worked directly with the choir to provide feedback on their performance. The choir will receive written comments from the other members of the panel. “They come here and each choir performs a short program for each other and for a panel of commentators that we bring in,” Menk said. “These are experts in the field. Following their performance one of the three commentators goes up on stage with a [microphone] and works with the choir, like in a workshop format, to improve some aspect of their performance.” The festival is a two-day event and will end today around 4:30 p.m. Menk said the Saint Mary’s College Women’s Choir performed each day to provide an example for the high school students. The annual festival is celebrating its 26th year. Menk said the festival is mutually beneficial for the high school students and the College. “It’s important for Saint Mary’s because it brings 800 prospective students to our campus, and its promoting good choral singing among high school women,” Menk said. “It’s promoting good quality repertoire for high school choirs, and it’s giving them a chance … to go to a festival and something that’s geared just toward them.” According to Menk, the festival hopes to improve singing and pride within each organization. “It should help them to feel good about what they’re doing. It should give them an aspiration, something to aspire to with their choir, to be able to work at a higher level,” she said.
Rose Hill9101417â€”50 Sub-state championship By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The Wellington Crusader girls basketball team saw its season come to a startling halt with a 50-44 loss to Rose Hill in the sub-state championship game in Winfield Saturday.Rose Hill, which came into the game on a three-game winning streak despite a 6-15 record, would out point Wellington every quarter except the first when it led 9-6. The loss ends Wellingtonâ€™s season at 15-7. There is comfort that this will not be Wellingtonâ€™s last stand as every starter should be returning next season. But letâ€™s not sugar coat this game.It stings. This was a team, Wellington could have beaten handily on any other night.Â Wellington hit just two field goals in the first half, and would have just four going into the final minute of the third quarter. Then Wellingtonâ€™s Lauryn Snipes, who finished with 25 points, would hit her first field goal of the night on a wild three-point bank shot. She would follow that with two more and had whittled the lead from 31-23 to 31-28.But Rose Hill would never relinquish the lead and rebuilt a 40-31 advantage. Wellington came back with fight, getting buckets from Taylor Zimmerman and Shayland French to pull within three, 40-37 with 2:18 to play.Then the Rockets Herman nailed a three-pointer from the side to put the lead back to six.Wellington stormed back on a Snipes trey, making it 45-43.And then when Rose Hill could have put this game away in the final minute it would miss six consecutive free throws. But they would make the seventh with 16.7 seconds to play. Wellington was driving down court for the final shot down 46-43. Snipes drove to the hoop but a Rose Hill defender would knock the ball lose and the ball landed in the hands of S. French, who went up for a shot and missed. On the rebound she fouled Rocket Collins, who would go to the line and secure victory with two made free throws.Wellingtonâ€™s furious fourth-quarter comeback spurts were proof of the spirit that made this team 12-2 in the last 14 games going in. But, unfortunately, there was little of that in the first 23 minutes of this game.The Crusaders would miss their first 10 shots and were down 9-0 in the early going. They didnâ€™t hit their first points until Tayland French made a steal and a layup to make it 9-2 with a little more than two minutes in the first quarter.Wellington would score four consecutive points to pull with three 9-6 at quarterâ€™s end. Rose Hill would eventually rebuild the lead to eight and held a 19-15 advantage at the half. Wellington had one trey, one deuce and 10 free throws to account for in the first half.The Crusaders seemed to be more aggressive early in the third when Tayland French made two consecutive baskets on two possessions. But her inside presence was negated with foul trouble. She and Zimmerman would eventually foul out.Hard to pinpoint exactly at what time Wellington lost this game, but midway through the third quarter may have been that point. The Lady Dukes were down 22-20 and appeared to have momentum finally swinging their way, when they gave up six consecutive points on three possessions and were back behind 28-20. Wellington could never recover thereafter.For the game, Wellington was 8 of 32 in two pointers and 5 of 8 from the 3-point arc. The Crusaders were pretty good at the foul line going 13 of 16. But Rose Hill was 23 of 33 free throws. That was your ball game as the Rockets had 10 more points and more than twice as many looks at the charity stripe. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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