The Brainerd High School dance team kicked off its competitive season on a high note with two meets this past weekend.
The Warriors took first place honors in the Central Lakes Conference kick meet Friday held in Willmar and then took second place Saturday in one of the largest meets of the season at Apple Valley High School.
Head Coach Cindy Clough said she was happy with how the team performed in the two dance meets. She said early in the season it is hard to tell how the team will score, but the outcome was good. Clough said the conference kick meet puts Brainerd in a good standing for the season as the points the team accumulated will count for a quarter of the championship scoring later in the season.
"We haven't performed a lot so we looked a bit nervous," Clough said of the first meet. "But we had no mistakes. We need to keep working on our confidence, endurance and timing. Each time we will get stronger."
The results of the conference meet was Brainerd took first place with 4.5 ranking points; Sartell, second, 6; St. Cloud Tech, third, 8.5; Sauk Rapids, fourth, 11.5; Rocori, fifth, 16.5; Willmar, sixth, 19; Fergus Falls, seventh, 22; Alexandria, eighth, 23; and St. Cloud Apollo, ninth, 25.
Clough said the team was thrilled to place second in kick in the Apple Valley invitational because it included many of the top dance teams in the state.
"There were a lot of great teams at this meet," said Clough. "We had some great scores for this early in the year so it is very encouraging as we move forward. All our tough competition was there other than Maple Grove and Eastview ... This meet gave us a good feel for what we will be up against. Faribault was great. We tied them at state last year and lost in the tie breaker, so it was fun to go up against them early in the year."
The kick results from the Apple Valley meet was Faribault took first place with 5 rank; Brainerd, second, 7.5; Eden Prairie, third, 9; Chaska, fourth, 14.5; Blaine, fifth, 18.5; Burnsville, sixth, 18.5; St. Cloud Tech, seventh, 21; Lakeville North, eighth, 25; Apple Valley, ninth, 25.5; Wayzata, 10th, 28.5; Hopkins, 11th, 31; Champlin Park, 12th, 35; Rochester Century, 13th, 39.5; Chanhassen, 14th, 41.5; Lakeville South, 15th, 45; Andover, 16th, 46.4; Eagan, 17th, 49; Henry Sibley, 18th, 51.5; Prior Lake, 19th, 55.5; Shakopee, 20th, 59.5; Edina, 21st, 60; and Cretin Derham Hall, 22nd, 66.
The Warriors placed 14th in the jazz meet. Clough said it was the first time the team performed its jazz routine. Clough said the team knew that it wouldn't be a contender, but she had hoped the team would have been a bit cleaner.
"We clearly have been focusing on kick and now will shift into working on jazz," said Clough. "Our conference jazz meet is in a few weeks (Jan. 17) so we need to pull it together. We are thrilled to have competed it, just to get it out on the floor."
Jazz results were Wayzata took first place with 3 rank points; Maple Grove, second, 6; Blaine, third, 10; Chaska, fourth, 14.5, Eden Prairie, fifth, 16; Burnsville, sixth, 24; Mounds View, seventh, 24.5; Duluth East, eighth, 26; Anoka, ninth, 32.5; Lakeville North, 10th, 33.5; Elk River, 11th, 34.5; Champlin Park, 12th, 36; Andover, 13th, 37; Brainerd, 14th, 38.5; Henry Sibley, 15th, 40.5; Chanhassen, 16th, 43; Apple Valley, 17, 45.5; Edina, 18th, 47; Prior Lake, 19th, 56; Cretin Durham Hall, 20th, 59.5; Shakopee, 21st, 64; Lakeville South, 22nd, 65.5; Rochester Century. 23rd, 67.5; and Minneapolis South, 24th, 72.
The Brainerd junior varsity kick team also competed in Apple Valley and took third place. The results in the junior varsity division was Faribault took first place with 5 rank points; Chaska, second, 6.5; Brainerd, third, 10; Burnsville, fourth, 14; Lakeville North, fifth, 15.5; Apple Valley, sixth, 16; Blaine, seventh, 21.5; Bloomington Kennedy, eighth, 24; Henry Sibley, ninth, 27th; Lakeville South, 10th, 29.5; Eagen, 11th, 31.5; Prior Lake, 12th, 37; Champlin Park, 13th, 39; and Shakopee, 14th, 41.
JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5851.