The Madison Junior High School winter guard team took first place at the TriState Circuit Championship in the Junior Flag Line class Saturday. The team includes, from left, sixth-grader Alexis Baker, eigth-grader Rachael Homen, eight-grader Lindsey Skirvin, seventh-grader Courtney Abbott, sixth-grader Jackie Fry, seventh-grader Hallie Shope, seventh-grader Kelsey Preocanin, sixth-grader Harper Smith, sixth-grader Grace Brautigan, sixth-grader Bella Eriksson, seventh-grader Carlie Darnold 7th and seventh-grader Bailey Black. (Submitted photo)
The Madison Junior High School winter guard team took first place at the TriState Circuit Championship in the Junior Flag Line class Saturday. The team includes, from left, sixth-grader Alexis Baker, eigth-grader Rachael Homen, eight-grader Lindsey Skirvin, seventh-grader Courtney Abbott, sixth-grader Jackie Fry, seventh-grader Hallie Shope, seventh-grader Kelsey Preocanin, sixth-grader Harper Smith, sixth-grader Grace Brautigan, sixth-grader Bella Eriksson, seventh-grader Carlie Darnold 7th and seventh-grader Bailey Black. (Submitted photo)
Madison Junior High School winter guard won the TriState Circuit Championship on Saturday in the Junior Flag Line class.

Madison was seeded third at the start of competition. The team, only in its second year, took the floor first.

"They actually set a really high bar," said band director Scott Maack. "No other team outscored Madison in any of the other classes."

The 12 girls on the team are sixth graders Alexis Baker, Grace Brautigan, Bella Eriksson, Jackie Fry and Harper Smith; seventh-graders Courtney Abbott, Bailey Black, Carlie Darnold, Kelsey Preocanin and Hallie Shoppe; and eighth-graders Rachael Homen and Lindsey Skirvin.

Assistant coach Ryan Day said that the newly formed team was created to help junior high school students prepare for high school level competitions.

Next year, the winter guard plans on moving up from Junior Flag Line class into the Junior Class.

"It means way more competition," Day said.

The team was led by first-year color guard director Ben Quisenberry.

Maack said Quisenberry "started out with a bang."

"Ben designed the show, he worked with the girls. They practiced every Tuesday and Thursday after school. They also had an extra practice the Friday before spring break as well," Maack said.

Maack said the team took a big step forward this year and he's hopeful they can do it again next year.

"We want to make our shows more complex. We need to work and to prepare the girls for high school winter guard."