The Brainerd Warriors dance team captured first place in the kick competition at Saturday’s Apple Valley Invitational.
The Warriors won the 16-school kick division and placed third in the 19-team jazz competition.
“A big day for the Brainerd Warrior Dance Team,” coach Cindy Clough said. “We really felt we had a powerful performance in kick. Lot’s of energy and we really hit it. Our formations were much cleaner than last Tuesday.
“Our kick height and stamina looked better and we were pleased with our showing. A big win like this is a boost for our morale and a pay off for our hard work.”
In jazz, the Warriors placed behind only St. Cloud Tech and Duluth East.
“In jazz, we were so excited to place at this event,” Clough said. “We had just finished our routine so were pleased with what we accomplished this week. This was the first time we performed our jazz routine. We feel our scores will continue to go up. We were proud of our kids. They were so excited to place at this metro event.
“Most of our section was here (qualifying section for the state tournament so it was exciting to go up against them. ) Tech is looking very good this year in kick and jazz so they are going to be tough to beat in both conference and sections.”
Next competitive event for the dance team is conference jazz Dec. 16. The team plans to perform at a few basketball games before conference.
The Warriors junior varsity kick team took second in its division. First was Apple Valley.
There were seven JV teams. Brainerd JV is coached by Amy Peeters.
1st Place: Brainerd: Kicks-121, Execution-77, Choreography-81, Difficulty-77, Routine Effectiveness-43, Total Points: 399, Rank points -4
2nd: St. Cloud Tech: Kicks-123, Execution-77, Choreography-82, Difficulty-78, Routine Effectiveness-41, Total Points -401, rank points -5
3rd: Lakeville North: Kicks-112, Execution-75, Choreography-78, Difficulty-76, Routine Effectiveness-42, Total Points -383, rank points -11
4th Apple Valley rank-points 11.5, 5th Lakeville South 16, 6th Minnetonka 20, 7th Irondale 20 (tie breaker), 8th Andover 24
9th Prior Lake 27.5, 10th Rogers 28, 11th Champlin Park 32.5, 12th Rochester Mayo 35, 13th Roseville 38.5, 14th Stillwater 42, 15th Minneapolis South 45, 16th Osseo 48
1st: St. Cloud Tech: Jazz Skills 124, Execution 80, Choreography 86, Difficulty 82, Routine Effectiveness 43, Total Points 414, Rank Points 3
2nd: Duluth East: Jazz Skills 117, Execution 72, Choreography 79, Difficulty 81, Routine Effectiveness 44, Total Points 393, Rank Points 8
3rd: Brainerd: Jazz Skills 113, Execution 73, Choreography 83, Difficulty 79, Routine Effectiveness 43, Total Points 391, Rank Points 8.5
4th Minnetonka 12, 5th Rogers 18.5, 6th Andover 20.5, 7th Anoka 22, 8th Lakeville North 24
9th Apple Valley 26.5, 10th Champlin Park 28, 11th Elk River 28.5, 12th Irondale 35, 13th Lakeville South 36.5, 14th Prior Lake 40
15th Rochester Mayo 46, 16th Osseo 49, 17th Stillwater 50.5, 18th Roseville 51.5, 19th Minneapolis South 57