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New Richmond dance team advances to state

New Richmond’s dance team performs its Pom routine during Saturday’s WACPC Regional Dance Championships, held at the New Richmond High School gym. Team members shown (l-r) are Deidre Cuno, Alexis Anderson, Jensen Hagen, Harley Leavens and Paris Johnson. 1 / 3
Somerset dance team members shown performing in Saturday’s regional meet include (front, l-r) Ashley Beasley, center is Gabrielle Vogel, right is Stacy Bracht, with Gerquita Lauderdale in the background. 2 / 3
St. Croix Central dance team members shown performing in the team’s Pom routine on Saturday are Bree Danielson, Jazmin Swanson, Olivia Sirek, and Megan Edelman. 3 / 3

The New Richmond High School dance team has qualified for the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches State Championships this Saturday.

The Tiger dance team qualified for state with both of its routines during the WACPC Regional Dance Championships that were held at the New Richmond High School gym on Saturday. Nearly 3,500 people attended the event, according to New Richmond dance coach Ali Saliny.

New Richmond qualified for state by taking second place in the Division 2 Pom category and third place in the Division 1 Kick category in Saturday’s competition. The state championships will be held Saturday at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse. For times of performances, check

In the Pom category on Saturday, New Richmond finished second to Menomonie. New Richmond took third place behind Menomonie and Superior in the Division 1 Kick category, finishing 10 points behind Superior in the judging.

“We had a great performance and we competed against some really great teams so we are thrilled with our Pom results,” Saliny said. “I thought our Kick performance was spot on, very energetic and our choreography was unique, so I'm excited to compete against some bigger teams at the state competition.”

New Richmond will also have three girls competing for all-state individual honors. Megan Chelberg, Jensen Hagen and Kailah Hartung will  compete in solo performances for all-state honors. Their performances are judged on choreography/construction, technique/kinetic skills, difficulty/execution and showmanship. Chelberg was an all-state performer last year.

Hundreds of dance team members submit individual videos to the WACPC in hopes of getting the chance to compete for an all-state position. A small percentage of those are chosen to perform at state.

Also hoping to earn solo all-state honors is Somerset freshman Gabrielle Vogel. Somerset coach Hailley Leverty said it is a rare honor for a freshman to be selected to compete at the state level.

Somerset’s Kick routine just missed qualifying for state. It took fifth place in Division 2, missing qualifying for state by four points. Somerset took seventh in the Division 4 Pom competition.

“The Somerset dance team danced the best that they ever have in the history of the program,” Leverty said of Saturday’s performance.

The Somerset dance team will give its final performance of the season next Tuesday at halftime of the Spartan boys basketball game against Prescott.

The St. Croix Central dance team took sixth place in the Division 4 Pom competition and eighth place in the Division 2 Jazz category.

“The girls performed very well and I am very proud of them. They have worked hard this season,” said Central coach Kayla Dimler.

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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