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Tiger dance team wins conference title

The Tiger Dance Team is the conference champion in the kick division.

The New Richmond High School Dance Team took first place in the kick division and second place in the pom division at the 2011 Western Wisconsin Conference Competition in Eau Claire on Saturday.

Based on their solo and duet performances many of the Tiger Dance Team members made the all-conference team, and second team all-conference. Sarah Steffen, Annika Utgaard, Antje Utgaard and Rylie Berger were named first team all-conference based on their solo performances.

Seniors Clare Johnston, Brooke Jenderny, Brittany Jonsson and Maggie Evans took home second team all-conference honors based on their duets. Berger's solo took home first place, and Antje Utgaard's solo performance took second place.

Coach Ali Saliny said "It was a great day for our team. We have some work to do in the next few weeks to prepare for the regional competition, but we are ready for the tough competition ahead."

Saliny said the depth of the talent on the Tiger Dance Team showed through in Saturday's performances.

"It was really neat to see our team so strongly represented on the All Conference Teams. Our team is very talented, and it was great to see those girls get the recognition they deserve," Saliny said.

Next up for the NRHS Dance Team will be their regional competition on Jan. 29 in Eau Claire.

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