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Dance Team: Warriors advance to state

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Section champions in one and tied for second in the other is how the Brainerd Warriors left the Elk River gym Saturday.

The Warriors captured the Section 4-3A kick title and tied with St. Cloud Tech in jazz to advance both routines to the state tournament.

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“It is always the toughest day of the season because if you don’t end up in the top three — it’s over,” said Warriors head coach Cindy Clough. “We are thrilled to be going in both. In kick, I felt pretty confident we were going to be in the to and really felt we should win. You never know how the chips are going to fall so it is a nerve-filled day.

“In jazz, we thought we would be up there, too, as we had come out ahead of everyone in our section numerous times. The jazz top three were not the same as I had or most or the crowd had. I feel bad for Andover and Duluth East as they got beat out and I truly felt it was their year to go to state.”

Brainerd secured 578 total points and five rank points in the kick competition to top St. Cloud Tech’s 579 points and six rank points and Blaine’s 552 points and 11 rank points. Brainerd’s Choreography and routine effectiveness scores were keys to the win.

“I felt the team really pulled together and danced as one,” said senior Abbie Browne.

Blaine won the jazz competition with 565 total points and a rank point of seven. Tech and Brainerd tied with nine rank points. Brainerd scored 559 total points compared to Tech’s 558.

“It was a great last section meet,” said Brainerd senior Grace Gilbertson. “It felt less stressful as I felt we were more prepared than usual this year.”

Brainerd will put on a show to help “keep the fever going.” It’s two weeks before the state tournament and Clough said the team will continue to work on timing and tweak anything that needs cleaning or enhancing.

Kick

1-Brainerd

Kicks: 168

Execution: 114

Choreography: 119

Difficulty: 115

Routine Effectiveness: 62

Total Points: 578

Rank Points: 5

2-St. Cloud Tech

Kicks: 175

Execution: 113

Choreography: 116

Difficulty: 114

Routine Effectiveness: 61

Total Points: 579

Rank Points: 6

3-Blaine

Kicks: 166

Execution: 109

Choreography: 111

Difficulty: 108

Routine Effectiveness: 58

Total Points: 552

Rank Points: 11

Jazz

1-Blaine

Jazz Skills: 171

Execution: 112

Choreography: 110

Difficulty: 116

Routine Effectiveness: 56

Total Points: 565

Rank Points: 7

2t-St. Cloud Tech

Jazz Skills: 171

Execution: 109

Choreography: 112

Difficulty: 111

Routine Effectiveness: 55

Total Points: 558

Rank Points: 9

2T-Brainerd

Jazz Skills: 170

Execution: 110

Choreography: 112

Difficulty: 111

Routine Effectiveness: 56

Total Points: 559

Rank Points: 9

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