- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Claudette Riley Sisk, an award-winning baton twirler who was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1980, has died. She was 74.

Family spokesman John Van Mol said Sisk passed away peacefully Monday in Nashville.

According to an obituary, the Knoxville native pioneered baton twirling moves that have become standard in marching bands across the nation.

She was the first scholarship majorette at the University of Tennessee and won several state and regional twirling championships. In 1957, she was named All-American Twirling Queen and was named Miss Majorette of America in 1959.

After college, she taught baton twirling for more than 25 years.

She is survived by her husband, two children and three grandchildren.

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