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Color Guard Keeps Their Heads High, But Their Flags Higher

Color Guard begins its season by taking first at competition in Murphysboro, Ill.

September 21, 2019

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Color Guard Keeps Their Heads High, But Their Flags Higher

Junior Eric Welker gets ready to spin rifle during halftime at a football game.

Junior Eric Welker gets ready to spin rifle during halftime at a football game.

Lauren Spakowski

Junior Eric Welker gets ready to spin rifle during halftime at a football game.

Lauren Spakowski

Lauren Spakowski

Junior Eric Welker gets ready to spin rifle during halftime at a football game.

Have you ever been so passionate for a sport that you do everything you can to be good at it and help your team succeed? Well, for the Liberty color guard they do a lot of work to look good. They practice all the time to get football game ready and to be competition ready. 

The color guard practices everyday in the morning from 6:30 to 8:06 a.m., Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and lastly Wednesday 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It takes a lot of practice to be clean and to get people interested in what they are doing. 

Junior Eric Welker, who is the guard’s captain, says he believes the group can show improvement.  

“I think we don’t work hard enough, we are having trouble staying focused throughout practices, and it’s making us less clean when we know we can do better,” Welker said.   

Their first competition with the marching band was Saturday, Sept. 14 at Murphysboro, Illinois. The guard got first place in their division and first place out of everyone who performed. 

Although color guard is flags, rifles and sabers, there is a whole different meaning to color guard. 

“Color guard means way more than spinning, it’s the feel of it and the people you do it with. It’s taught me how to be more outgoing and comfortable with the people around me,” sophomore Sydnie Shultis said.  

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