SVHS Ranger Band Twirlers

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Sophie Gilbert (L) Twirler, Camryn Shows (R) Feature Twirler, auditioned in front of a panel of judges and were selected this past May.

As the award winning Smithson Valley High School Ranger Band is gearing up for the 2014-2015 season, so are their twirlers. The two SVHS twirlers auditioned in front of a panel of judges and were selected this past May.

Camryn Shows was selected to be the Feature Twirler for the 2014-2015 school year. Shows is a sophomore and this will be her second year twirling at SVHS. This year she is joined by Sophie Gilbert.

Gilbert is a freshman and was selected as the Twirler. “My first year as an SVHS twirler was an amazing experience. This year will be even more special because Sophie and I have been friends for a couple of years and I’m looking forward to performing with her on the field” said Shows.

“Baton twirling has been an activity that I have truly enjoyed participating in for the past couple years. I am proud to be a Smithson Valley twirler this year and I am looking forward to an exciting time doing something I love”, added Gilbert.

Shows has been twirling for three years. She is a member of the Alamo City Strutters. The group has various twirling engagements throughout San Antonio each year, including half time performances for the San Antonio SPURS and STARS.

“I work really hard and practice as much as I can. It’s all worth it because performing on the field in front of the crowd is such an honor. I have so much fun with the band and color guard and I’m looking forward to another great year”, added Shows.

Gilbert has been twirling for three years as well. She is a member of the Texas Gems twirling team and has participated in various events, competitions, and camps in the past couple of years.

“Three years ago I was at a football game and watched the twirlers perform at halftime. As I sat there and watched I began to think that twirling looked like a lot of fun and something I wanted to do. It is a great feeling to know that I have accomplished the goal I set for myself three years ago at that football game. I’m proud to be a Smithson Valley twirler this year!” stated Gilbert.

Like any sport, twirling takes long hours of practice and hard work. Both young ladies attended summer twirling camps and continued working with their private coaches to keep up their twirling skills. Shows twirls under the direction Pat Montgomery of the Alamo City Strutters. Gilbert twirls under the direction of Heather Hayden of the Texas Gems. While their half-time performances showcase their twirling skills, they also perform with their respective band groups.

Gilbert is a trumpet player and Shows is a member of the Ranger Color Guard and Winter Guard. In addition to performing with the Ranger Band, the twirlers will be performing at the annual Bulverde Jubilee Parade on September 20th and the Comal County Fair Parade in September 26th. Both young ladies have competed in local and statewide twirling competitions where they have won titles in their respective twirling categories and age group.

Congratulations to Camryn and Sophie as they look forward to twirling for SVHS. Go Rangers!

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Former SVHS Coach Begins New Job

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Incoming 9th-grade students Brayden Boultinghouse (left) and Zac Pfannstiel meet new Canyon High head football coach and athletic coordinator Joe Moczygemba, formerly of SVHS, for the first time at Cougar Camp on August 4.

New Canyon High head football coach and athletic coordinator Joe Moczygemba, formerly of Smithson Valley High School, got his first look at the athletes who will be aiming to play in the future under the bright Friday night lights.

Moczygemba was officially hired to replace Matt Elliott, who resigned in mid-July at the Comal ISD Board of Trustees meeting on July 31. Moczygemba spent the past 21 seasons as the defensive coordinator at Smithson Valley High School before he was hired to lead CHS.

A meet-the-coach reception was held August 4 at 6 p.m., in the Canyon High School Cougar Den for parents, students and community members to meet Coach Moczygemba. That same day,more than 200 incoming seventh, eighth and ninth grade students hit the famous Canyon High red turf for Cougar Camp, which ran from August 4 – 7.Athletes learned the CHS football system and practiced all the important gridiron fundamentals.

“It’s very exciting to see the numbers we have this morning and it’s great watching our coaches working with the kids,” Moczygemba said. “I see a lot of interest in Canyon High football and that’s a great thing. We have about three times as many incoming freshmen as we expected because a lot of athletes signed up today.”

Canyon High’s Fall Camp, where varsity and sub-varsity football players will officially start practicing to prepare for the upcoming season, began August 11.

“Everything’s happened so quickly,” Moczygemba said. “The coaches can talk and game plan all we want, but it’s not until you start practicing that it really feels like football season again.”

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SVHS NJROTC Annual Teams Camp

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Over 50 cadets participated in the camp’s drills and physical training.

The Smithson Valley NJROTC Unit held its annual Teams Camp July 28-31 at Smithson Valley High School.

Over 50 cadets attended the camp that is aimed at showing incoming cadets what teams are available for them to compete on in the upcoming year. Physical training was conducted, along with demonstrations and applications of the Armed Drill, Unarmed Drill, Academic, Marksmanship, Orienteering and Color Guard teams. The camp was open to all cadets, or any Comal students interested in the program.

This year the Smithson Valley NJROTC program is expected to have almost 200 cadets enrolled with just two instructors – CDR Retired Vince Quidachay and Chief Petty Officer Retired Daniel Hansen.

“Last year our teams took us to the Navy Nationals competition, and it all starts at our Teams Camp in the summer,” Commander Quidachay said.