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New Richmond, Somerset dance teams qualify for state competition

The New Richmond High School dance team put together another outstanding day at the 2015 WACPC dance regionals, winning the Division 2 kick championship and placing third in the Division 3 pom competition. 1 / 3
The Somerset High School dance team is advancing to state after placing fourth in the Division 2 kick event at the WACPC regional meet in New Richmond on Saturday. 2 / 3
The St. Croix Central High School dance team competed in the pom and jazz events at Saturday’s regional event in New Richmond. Here Megan Edelman (center) and Angel Vermeersch (left) are shown during Central’s pom performance.3 / 3

The New Richmond and Somerset dance teams have earned their place in the WACPC state championships.

Both teams qualified for state during the WACPC Western Regional Competition, which was held Saturday at New Richmond High School.

New Richmond advanced both its pom and kick routines to state while Somerset will perform its kick routine at state. The state meet will be held Saturday at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse. New Richmond is scheduled to perform first, with its pom routine slated for 5:37 p.m. Somerset is scheduled to perform its kick routine at 8:25 p.m., with New Richmond’s squad scheduled to perform its kick routine at 8:49 p.m.

New Richmond

The Tigers put on quite a show, both with their routines and with how smoothly Saturday’s competition was run. With more than 700 competitors in attendance, plus several thousand fans filling the NRHS gym, the meet was a major undertaking for the school. A number of volunteers and strong support from the community helped meet officials to run a flawless meet.

The New Richmond dance team continued its legacy of success. That continued with the Tigers’ championship in the kick event and the third place finish in the pom event.

The kick event has long been an area where New Richmond’s team has shined brightly. They beat out 10 other schools for the Division 2 kick championship on Saturday.

“Our style is very sharp, clean, and visually appealing,” said New Richmond coach Ali Saliny. “We like to focus on the technique and have difficult choreography.”

New Richmond place third in the pom division, finishing just behind Onalaska and Rice Lake in a close battle for the top position.

Somerset

The Somerset squad earned its trip to state with its fourth place finish in the Division 2 kick event. Somerset narrowly missed advancing to state in the Division 4 pom event, placing fifth.

“We are extremely proud of the seven ladies on our kick team as they have worked hard to earn the Somerset dance team’s first state team qualification in four years,” said Somerset coach Hailley Leverty.

Leverty said the Somerset girls used the feedback they received at the recent conference meet to sharpen their routines for the regional meet.

St. Croix Central

Central’s girls competed in the Division 4 pom and Division 2 jazz events. While the Panthers weren’t quite able to rank among the state qualifiers, Coach Kayla Dimler said her team performed their routines with accuracy.

“The girls danced very well. We were up against some incredible teams,” Dimler said.

Dimler said her team has a strong sense of family and they use that bond to built strong, sharp routines.

“In jazz, we focused a lot on small group work to highlight each individual’s strengths as well as whole group work to show off team strengths,” Dimler said. “In pom, we were really trying to emphasize strength and sharpness throughout the routine.”

Individuals at state

Three local girls will also be competing as individuals for state honors in La Crosse on Saturday. New Richmond senior Kailah Hartung, Somerset junior Hayley Ueland and Somerset sophomore Gabbie Vogel will be competing for all-state individual honors on Saturday.

Dave Newman

Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.

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