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DANCE TEAM: Warriors win kick, jazz division titles

LAKEVILLE — The Brainerd Warriors enjoyed a great day at Saturday’s Lakeville South Invite, winning the kick and jazz divisions of the meet.

Brainerd won the jazz competition with four rank points and the kick division with three rank points.

“It was the first time in my coaching career that we left a meet before finding out the results,” Warriors coach Cindy Clough said. “The layout of the meet was such that we would have had to wait three hours after competing for the results. We made the decision to leave and have other coaches call us with the results.

“At this time of year, when the season is so intense, we worry about them getting overtired so made that call. We have two big meets (this) week so need to try to stay healthy.

“So we missed the glory of the win on the floor, but our bus was pretty loud when we found out we won both categories. We were actually rolling into Brainerd when we found out the results.”

The junior varsity Warriors finished eighth in the kick competition.

On Friday, the Warriors performed their jazz routine at the University of Minnesota’s Best Of The Best show.

“It was and honor to be invited and we performed our jazz,” Clough said. ”It was truly a treat to be able to watch the U of M perform their jazz and their pom routine up close. They are simply the best in the nation and it was very inspiring and educational for our team to witness it.”

Jazz rank points


2-Lakeville South 6.5

3-Duluth East 11

4-Prior Lake 11 (via tie breaker)

5-Irondale 14

6-Lakeville North 20.5

7-Rochester Mayo 23.5

8-Rochester John Marshall 27

9-Bloomington 28

10-Bemidji 28 (via tiebreaker)

11-Roseville 28.5

12-Stillwater 37

13-Minneapolis Southwest 39

14-Park Cottage Grove 40

Brainerd jazz results

Jazz skills: Technique of turns 39, technique of leaps and jumps 40, difficulty of skills 41 (120/150)

Execution: Placement and control 39 degree of accuracy 37 (76/100)

Choreography: Visual effectiveness & creativity 43, practicality of content 42 (85/100)

Difficulty: Choreography 42, combinations 43, (85/100)

Routine effectiveness: 39/50

Total points: 405/500

Rank points: 4

Kick rank points

1-Brainerd 3

2-Lakeville South 6

3-Prior Lake 12

4-Irondale 14

5-Lakeville North 15

6-Bloomington 16

7-Bemidji 22.5

8-Roseville 24

9-Rochester Mayo 24.5

10-Minneapolis Southwest 29.5

11-Park Cottage Grove 29.5

Brainerd kick results

Kicks: Technique 43, height/placement/timing 41, difficulty 43 (127/150)

Execution: Placement/control 40, degree of accuracy 38 (78/100)

Choreography: Visual effectiveness/creativity 45, practicality of content 43 (88/100)

Difficulty: Choreography & combinations 42, formations/transitions 41 (83/100)

Routine effectiveness: 43/50

Total points: 419/500

Junior varsity results


2-Apple Valley

3-Lakeville South

4-Prior Lake


6-Lakeville North



9-Rochester Mayo


11-Minneapolis Southwest

Next: Brainerd in Central Lakes Conference championships at St. Cloud Apollo 7 p.m. Friday; Brainerd at Wayzata Invite 8 a.m. Saturday.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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