Rusk Eagle Belles working toward debut performance under Friday night lights

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Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 2:26 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 9:35 PM CDT
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RUSK, Texas (KTRE) -Rusk ISD is debuting their newest addition to their high school this fall.

The Eagle Belles is the first school sponsored drill team, and they are practicing and preparing for their debut under the Friday night lights.

While this is the first school sponsored drill team, in the 1960′s there was a team called the Eaglettes.

This squad paid for their own uniforms and practiced in their own time to support the school.

The Eagle Belles are the first drill team in Rusk school history to be sponsored by the school itself.

Director Katy Thoroughman says the decision to add the team came in the spring.

“The school district wanted to have more kids involved in school and have more organizations. So, they decided that a dance team or a drill team would be a nice inclusion,” Thoroughman said.

The team is made up of 23 girls, 3 being officers and one manager.

Kendall Filer, one of the captains of the team says she was excited to hear about the addition.

“I was like kind of happy about it, and I was like ‘oh this sounds like something fun to do for my senior year and so I just tried out,” Filer said.

Thoroughman says the girls have been preparing for their first football game.

The team attended their camp in July.

“It was a weeklong camp; they were here from the morning through the afternoon. We learned all of our field routines that we’ll perform during halftime, and we also learned all the ins and outs for Friday night football games,” Thoroughman said.

Thoroughman says the community is very excited and has been supportive of the Eagle Belles.

They have even had sponsors wanting to support the team as they embark on their first year.

“This is a perfect time to have this added into the community. I think that the arts is really important, it helps kids get involved, it helps them express and be creative and I’m excited to share that with the community,” Thoroughman said.

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