Carolina Crown capped off a strong week by being the first corps not named “The Cadets” or “Blue Devils” to win DCI Southeastern in Atlanta since 2006. As the Inferno raged this past week, Crown has surged from third to second and less than one-tenth of a point out of first.
The Cavaliers’ precipitous fall is no indication of the corps’ trajectory this season. The Green Machine sat out in Atlanta and in Winston-Salem due to a wide-spread viral illness among the members. Corps leadership says they are back on track and will performing tonight in Annapolis. If we make the somewhat educated assumption that The Cavaliers would have kept pace during the past week, spots four through twelve would have remained unchanged from last week.
Two weeks ago, Madison Scouts sat precariously on the edge of the top 12 but have used the last two weeks to surge into eighth. Solid weeks from Blue Stars, Crossmen, and Boston Crusaders have further increased the gap between them and the other corps vying for a top 12 spot. Colts and Troopers on the outside looking in.
Thirteen different World Class corps have been ranked in the top 12 this season, and all thirteen of those have actually graced the top 10 for at least one week.
With this weeks’ addition of Heat Wave (Iverness, FL), all 26 Open Class corps have made their season debuts; eight of those 26 have also concluded their seasons (denoted below by *). The Open Class’ top four remain unchanged from a week ago.
Jumps of nine and twelve spots respectively for Colt Cadets and Raiders should be noted and commended; both corps were particularly active this past week and looked strong.
Open Class championships in Michigan City are in one week. Next week will feature at least eight Open Class only events, which will solidify the standings heading into Championship Week.