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Dance Team: Warriors sixth in kick, 15th in jazz

WAYZATA--The Brainerd Warriors placed sixth in kick at Saturday's Wayzata Invite. "It was a good meet for us," Warriors head coach Cindy Clough said. "We were glad to hear our name called. We of course would have loved to be higher, but I guess w...

WAYZATA-The Brainerd Warriors placed sixth in kick at Saturday's Wayzata Invite.

"It was a good meet for us," Warriors head coach Cindy Clough said. "We were glad to hear our name called. We of course would have loved to be higher, but I guess we will take it.

"We had a lot of issues with timing, which seems to be our cross to bear this year. Just a little leading off and not being exact on moves. We are going to fine tune several areas and go from there. We are definitely going in the right direction with kick."

In jazz, the Warriors finished 15th.

"We were off on turn timing," Clough said. "We basically did not have one turn set where everyone timed together. We danced much better last weekend so we will just go back at it.

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"When you are up against the big metro teams, you cannot have a bad turn day. To get 12 athletes exactly together you at times are going to have people fall out of their turns, but it is frustrating when we know we are better than we performed."

The Warriors compete at Blaine next Saturday and Clough said the Warriors are on a mission to raise their scores.

"We did not dance as well as we had done the week before in Anoka," she said. "The hard thing is every team is good. There are no teams you can basically write off as everyone is pretty decent. You have to be on.

"I feel our emotion scored well and our choreography so we know we need to focus on degree of accuracy. I know that before looking at the judges' sheets."

KICK
1-Wayzata 3 rank points, 2-Lakeville North 8, 3-Maple Grove 8.5, 4-Eden Prairie 12.5 (tiebreaker), 5-Anoka 12.5 (tiebreaker), 6-Brainerd 19, 7-Chanhassen 24 (tiebreaker), 8-St. Cloud Tech 24 (tiebreaker), 9-Hopkins 28, 10-Spring Lake Park 31.5, 11-Forest Lake 36, 12-Armstrong 37, 13-Mounds View 43, 14-Minnetonka 46, 15-Rogers 47, 16-Champlin Park 50, 17-East Ridge 5

JAZZ:

1-Eastview 3 rank points, 2-Wayzata 6, 3-Maple Grove 10, 4-Lakeville North 12, 5-Eden Prairie 13.5, 6-Anoka 22, 7-Chanhassen 24.5, 8-St Cloud Tech 26.5, 9-Hopkins 27, 10-Armstrong 31, 11-Blaine 31.5, 12-Spring Lake Park 35, 13-Champlin 36, 14-Minnetonka 39.5, 15-Brainerd 43.5, 16-Forest Lake 45, 17-Mounds View 51, 18-East Ridge 54

Conference honor

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The Warriors received the Central Lakes Conference sportsmanship award this season as voted on by their opponents at the final CLC meet.

"We were very honored to receive this," Warriors coach Cindy Clough said. "We try hard to teach our athletes to appreciate the excellence of other teams and hope they realize we are all striving to outdo what we did yesterday. We are glad they demonstrate how important it is to be respectful to those we compete against. For our coaching staff, this is as important as winning."

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