Student-athletes showcase talents for a cause

Allison Mueller

Women’s track and field team perform a “High School Musical” lip sync routine for the “Warriors Got Talent!” event on Monday, Feb. 8. The event raised $1,310.26 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  (Photo by Taylor Nyman)
Women’s track and field team perform a “High School Musical” lip sync routine for the “Warriors Got Talent!” event on Monday, Feb. 8. The event raised $1,310.26 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Photo by Taylor Nyman)

Cheney Mason / Winonan

Warriors filled McCown Gymnasium to cheer on their favorite athletes Monday, Feb. 8, but there was no visiting team, referees or fouls called.

Instead, their competition included their fellow athletes in the second annual “Warriors Got Talent!”

The $1,310.26 raised from the event met the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s goal and  benefited the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Cross country, women’s basketball, women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, track and field, and football came to perform, with appearances from the Hypnosis Hip-Hop club and the winner of last years’ event, student-athlete Chris Adams. This year the women’s basketball team was crowned champions.

Student and attendee from the large crowd, Jenna Plier, was there to cheer on a friend.

“They did really well. It was fun to watch everybody,” Piler said.

Another friend from the crowd, Crystal Lovegreen, was just there for the excitement.

“I like going to things like this. It is always fun, and I thought the performances were hilarious,” Lovegreen said. “The football guys danced well. I thought for sure they would win first place.”

As a member of the cheering audience, Emily Lepak loved watching her friends.

“All of the sports did well. I don’t think I could have gotten on the stage in front of so many people,” Lepak said. “I’m just happy I came and was able to donate.”

Lepak said she thought it was cool to see everyone come together and the athletes to take time for a good cause.

As Hypnosis opened the evening with their performance, dancer Emily Ness expressed her anxiety.

“We were all very nervous. It was a big crowd,” Ness said. “I thought we did really well though. We powered through the nerves.”

Women’s soccer took the stage with a lip sync battle of first-years versus upperclassmen, which first–year student-athlete Abby Bohanski was happy to have been apart of it.

“It went OK. As a team we did well,” Bohanski said. “It was really good team bonding. We were brainstorming what we could do one day, and we all kind of agreed on a lip sync battle.”

Bohanski said she and her team put in about three or four hours into working on the performance.

“I liked doing it; it was fun. While we were lip-syncing it turned into sort of a dance battle too,” Bohanski laughed.

Bohanski said she thought their coach would be proud of them.

Women’s basketball came in first place with a combined score from the judges and the crowd’s donations.

Their dance to “the Quan” in footie pajamas left the students chuckling at their peers.

“They can dance well for basketball players. I thought their dance was really fun,” Lovegreen joked.

Tied for second place was track and field and football.

“My vote was on the football guys who danced to ‘Poison.’ It really looked like they put a lot of time and effort into their dance,” Ness said.

Regardless of their talents or who won, the athletics’ efforts will help grant $1,310.26-worth of wishes.