2011-08-24 / Sports

Skating to a title

With some assistance from Scooby-Doo, “It’s a Mystery” wins big in San Diego
By Fred Jeter
CONTRIBUTING WRITER


“It’s a Mystery” team members include (from left) Stefanie Page, Lauren Page, Corrighan Eagles, Kasey Atkinson, Kaelyn Atkinson and Caston Eagles. 
Photo courtesy of Tony Eagles “It’s a Mystery” team members include (from left) Stefanie Page, Lauren Page, Corrighan Eagles, Kasey Atkinson, Kaelyn Atkinson and Caston Eagles. Photo courtesy of Tony Eagles Just when you think you’ve seen it all, here comes a Great Dane on ice skates.

Corrighan Eagles, a pig-tailed 5-year-old, transforms into the lovable canine, Scooby-Doo, for a skilled and fun-loving Chesterfield squad that excels in figure-skating competition.

The Ice Zone-based ensemble – known as “It’s a Mystery” – won the gold medal in the Team Ensemble category earlier this month at the State Games of America in San Diego.

“Mystery” qualified for the California trek by winning the Commonwealth Coventry State Games of Virginia last summer in Charlottesville.

The six-person group includes three sets of siblings: sisters Lauren and Stefanie Page; sisters Kaelyn and Kasey Atkinson; and Corrighan and Caston Eagles (lone male).

The Atkinsons and Eagles are first cousins.

The group ranges in age from 21 (coach-skater Lauren Page) to Corrighan, a Jacobs Road Elementary kindergartener.

“That’s why we win, because we’re so different,” said Lauren Page, a Monacan High graduate and VCU political science major. “What we have going for us, more than anything, is the cute factor.”

Page was coaching her younger group at Ice Zone when the subject of Scooby-Doo popped up.

“The younger kids really liked Scooby. … Corrighan already had a Scooby costume,” said Lauren. “We just took the idea and ran with it. Why not?”

In addition to capturing state and State Games of America titles, “It’s a Mystery” has won numerous contests in Virginia.

Elaborate costumes were sewn by Traci Eagles, the seamstress mother of Corrighan and Caston. Colorful props include a bus called the “Mystery Machine.”

Scooby-Doo was introduced by Hanna- Barbera Productions in 1969 as a Saturday morning cartoon. Versions of the script remain popular today.

The common thread in the series always is a group of youngsters unraveling mysteries – with the help of Scooby, of course. This theatrical ice-skating group sticks to that “whodunit” theme.

“They investigate … and in the end they catch the ‘bad guy,’ ” said parent Tony Eagles.

In addition to the group performance, various members of the “Mystery” team also competed individually in San Diego.

But make no mistake, “Scooby” comes first.

“The big thing,” said Page, “is the team. We’ve won everything we’ve entered on a state level. … Now, we’ve won on the national level, too.”

There is no more “mystery.” Turns out West Coast judges appreciated the Chesterfield group as much as those on the East Coast.

The plot thickens

Here is the cast for a Chesterfield ice-skating ensemble called “It’s a Mystery:”
Lauren Page: age 21, VCU student, plays Scooby-Doo part of “Fred”
Stefanie Page: 13, Midlothian Middle, “the villain”
Kaelyn Atkinson: 13, Elizabeth Davis Middle, “Daphne”
Kasey Atkinson: 9, Enon Elementary, “Thelma”
Caston Eagles: 14, Manchester Middle, “Shaggy”
Corrighan Eagles: 5, Jacobs Elementary, “Scooby”

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