Desert Hills High School’s “Tempest Line” drill team nails it at Region 9 competition

Desert Hills High School’s “Tempest Line” drill team nails it at Region 9 competition

ST. GEORGE — After a spectacular performance, Desert Hills High School’s “Tempest Line” drill team claimed the Region 9 title Thursday evening inside the Burns Arena at Dixie State University in St. George.

 Photo by Cody Blowers,

This year the “Tempest Line” drill team from Desert Hills High School won the 3A drill team championship, after placing first in three of the four categories in Thursday’s drill team competition.

Between 80 to 90 girls participated in the regional event that included nine judges and one tabulator, competition director Trisha Tempest said.

The competition began at 6 p.m., in a stadium filled with hundreds of spectators, parents and supporters.

The Region 9 competition decides which drill team will go on to compete in the Utah High School Activities Association, or UHSAA 3A state drill team championship scheduled in February at Utah Valley University in Orem.

“This competition places and qualifies them for the state competition at UVU,” Tempest said.

Various dance groups entertained the crowd in between each drill team performance to allow time for the judges to score each competitor, she said. These dancers are from several dance studios located in St. George and Cedar City. These performances also fulfill another function, which Tempest explains:

“It’s also for the girls to be involved, and to get excited about drill team and to become involved in drill team as a sport when they get older.”

This particular sport is a year-round sport, the competition director said, so the girls practice more than 10 months out of the year, with approximately six weeks off. Participation requires that they are up and moving by 6 a.m. to allow the girls to perfect their routines at early morning practices in order to achieve such a high level of competition, Tempest said.

“These are four of the top teams in the state, as far as 3A is concerned,” Tempest said, “and these girls are so talented, and work so hard for this event.”

Desert Hill High School’s “Tempest Line” placed first in the overall category, while Cedar High School’s “Mohey Tawa” drill team placed 2nd, Dixie High School’s “Jetettes” placed 3rd, and Snow Canyon’s “Eshelles” drill team came in 4th.

Photo Credit by Cody Blowers,

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