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New Richmond dance wins MBC kick title; Somerset wins hip hop division

The New Richmond dance team that took top honors in the kick division of the conference meet includes (front, l-r) Mattie Post-Priller, Paris Johnson, captain Harley Leavens, captain Deidre Cuno and Chloe Fankhauser; (middle) Sara Nagel, Madi Sattler, Kaylynn Elkin, Kaiya Fox, Ellie Glorvigen and Alexis Anderson; (back) Maddie Kraft, Maddie Yehlik, Kylie Friendt, coach Ali Saliny, Claira Luedtke and Ivy Halvorson. 1 / 3
New Richmond’s Deidre Cuno, Harley Leavens and Ellie Glorgiven (l-r) were the three dancers who earned first team all-conference honors at the conference meet. 2 / 3
The Somerset dance team is shown performing at halftime of a Spartan basketball game last week. 3 / 3

The New Richmond High School dance team added to its legacy of success in the Middle Border Conference at this year’s conference meet last Saturday at Eau Claire Memorial High School.

The Tigers won the conference championship in the kick division and they finished in second place in the pom division of the meet.

“Kick is our strength, we are confident with the choreography,” said New Richmond dance coach Ali Saliny.

Prescott earned the top spot in the pom division of the meet.

In the solo competition of the conference meet, three New Richmond dancers were the top finishers, earning first team all-conference honors. New Richmond’s Deidre Cuno was the individual champion, with Harley Leavens and Ellie Glorgiven also earning first team honors.

The New Richmond girls have put in long hours to get themselves ready for this competition.

“This team stands out because they know what they need to accomplish in order to be successful. My seniors are competitive and focused and that motivates the rest of the team,” Saliny said.

The St. Croix Central and Somerset teams also competed at the conference meet. Central coach Mandie Lombardo said her team performed well despite not placing in the meet. The Panthers competed in the pom and jazz divisions.This was the Panthers’ first time competing as a member of the Middle Border Conference.

“They have a wonderful attitude not only toward the sport of dance but also toward the new level of competition that changing conferences presents,” Lombardo said.

The Somerset dance team achieved a first at Saturday’s meet, winning its first conference championship. Somerset earned first place in the hip hop division of the meet. Somerset also placed second in the kick division.

Somerset also had three individuals receive honors. Gabbie Vogel, Hayley Ueland and Joely Mart were all second team all-conference selections in the kick division of the meet.

All three teams will be competing in two weeks with hopes of qualifying for the 2016 WACPC state competition. The WACPC Western Regional Dance Competition will be held at New Richmond HIgh School on Saturday, Jan. 30. Doors will open at 8 a.m. with competition starting at 9 a.m. This is a large event, attracting nearly 50 teams from all over the western side of the state and bringing thousands of spectators to New Richmond.

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 more than 30 years.

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