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DANCE TEAM: Warriors fourth, fifth at Maple Grove

Posted: December 16, 2012 - 8:53pm
Abigail Colson (left), Clair Walton and Samantha Olson compete for the Brainerd Warriors dance team at Saturday's Maple Grove Invitational.
Abigail Colson (left), Clair Walton and Samantha Olson compete for the Brainerd Warriors dance team at Saturday's Maple Grove Invitational.

MAPLE GROVE — After finishing second in Central Lakes Conference jazz competition Friday night, the Brainerd Warriors traveled to the Maple Grove Invitational Saturday where they placed fourth in jazz and fifth in kick.

Warriors coach Cindy Clough said one of the team’s lead dancers was injured Friday night and Brainerd had to re-do numbers in both routines within a limited amount of time.

“Cierra Meyer Berg tweaked her accessory navicular bone,” Clough said. “It was a letdown for Cierra but also for the team as it is not easy to sub in. I think the kick team let it affect them mentally and we just did not perform well.

“Compared to our performance a few weeks back at the CLC meet, we just didn’t bring it. You can’t have days like this and win. We felt our kicks looked lower than usual and a bit offish. We had execution issues.”

In jazz competition, Clough said, “We felt we performed very well and thought we would place higher. We placed fourth in a group of tough teams but had hoped for second or third. We knew Maple Grove was going to take top honors, as they were exceptional.

“We felt we performed better at CLC competition Friday night in some aspects of the jazz routine and other aspects better at Maple Grove.

“The team will go back to the drawing board, working on all aspects of both routines. At this point in the season we will continue to hone in on technique, strength, endurance and execution. We will make changes to the routine and continue to enhance our program.”

The Warriors’ next competition is Jan. 6 at the Blaine Invitational.

“Holiday break is a time to re-work the routines and conditioning,” Clough said. “Three of our coaches are going to the Outback Bowl so the coaching will fall on Christina Sanow and Amy Peeters.”

In Saturday’s junior varsity meet, Brainerd took first in the Class 3A high kick division.

■ KICK

1-Maple Grove

Kicks: (Technique, height/placement/timing, difficulty) 123

Execution: (Placement/control, degree of accuracy) 77

Choreography: (Visual effectiveness/creativity, practicality of content) 80

Difficulty: (Choreography & combinations, formations/transitions) 79

Routine effectiveness: 40

Total Points: 399

Rank Points: 3

2-St. Cloud Tech

Kicks: 119

Execution: 74

Choreography: 81

Difficulty: 83

Routine Effectiveness: 40

Total Points: 397

Rank Points: 6

3-Eden Prairie

Kicks: 110

Execution: 68

Choreography: 77

Difficulty: 78

Routine Effectiveness: 37

Total Points: 370

Rank Points: 10.5

4-Chanhassen

(Ties with Brainerd, Chanhassen wins tie breaker for fourth place)

Kicks: 110

Execution: 73

Choreography: 78

Difficulty: 73

Routine Effectiveness: 38

Total Points: 372

Rank Points: 12

5-Brainerd

Kicks: 116

Execution: 67

Choreography: 71

Difficulty: 75

Routine Effectiveness: 37

Total Points: 366

Rank Points: 12

■ JAZZ

1-Maple Grove

Jazz skills: (Technique of turns, technique of leaps and jumps, difficulty of skills) 135

Execution: (Placement and control, degree of accuracy) 86

Choreography: (Visual effectiveness & creativity, practicality of content) 93

Difficulty: (Choreography, combinations) 91

Routine effectiveness: 46

Total Points: 451

Rank Points: 3

2-Andover

Jazz skills: 117

Execution: 77

Choreography: 83

Difficulty: 78

Routine effectiveness: 40

Total Points: 395

Rank Points: 6

3-Chanhassen

Jazz skills: 114

Execution: 73

Choreography: 80

Difficulty: 77

Routine effectiveness: 40

Total Points: 384

Rank Points: 9

4-Brainerd

Jazz skills: 109

Execution: 73

Choreography: 78

Difficulty: 75

Routine effectiveness: 40

Total Points: 375

Rank Points: 13