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New Richmond, Somerset dance teams to compete at state Saturday

The incredible precision and flair of the New Richmond dance team has made it a team that annually ranks among the top finishers in the region.1 / 7
The flashy, fiery performances of the Somerset dance team earned the squad places in the state lineup in the kick and hip hop divisions. 2 / 7
The St. Croix Central dance team is shown during its pom routine during the WACPC Western Regional Championships at New Richmond High School on Saturday.3 / 7
The New Richmond dance team had an artistry in its precise performances on Saturday. 4 / 7
The New Richmond dance team will compete in two categories at the state meet on Saturday evening.5 / 7
The New Richmond dance team which earned WACPC Western Division Pom championship includes (front, l-r): Sara Nagel, Deidre Cuno, Harley Leavens, Mattie Post-Priller, Chloe Fankhauser and Paris Johnson; (middle) Mattie Yehlik, Kaiya Fox, Madi Sattler, Alexis Anderson, Ellie Glorvigen and Kaylynn Elkin; (back) Claira Luedtke, Sophia Pena, Kylie Friendt, Maddie Kraft, Ivy Halverson, and coach Ali Saliny. 6 / 7
This is the St. Croix Central team that competed at the regional meet on Saturday.7 / 7

The level of competition was incredibly high at the WACPC Western Regional Dance Championships held at New Richmond High School on Saturday.

And the local teams all showed they were among the best in the region. New Richmond and Somerset both won regional championships and they joined St. Croix Central in having individuals qualify for the all-state competition. There were more than 50 teams competing in Saturday’s meet, with a total of 104 routines performed.

The Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches will hold its state championships this Saturday at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse.

New Richmond advances to state in both the pom and kick divisions. The Tiger dance team earned the regional championship in pom while placing second behind Eau Claire North in the kick competition. New Richmond’s Mattie Post-Priller will be competing for Division 1 all-state honors on Saturday.

Somerset won its first-ever regional championship on Saturday by winning the Division 2 kick title. Somerset also took third place in the regional hip hop competition. Somerset has two girls who will compete for Division 2 all-state honors, Joely Mart and Gabbie Vogel.

St. Croix Central wasn’t able to qualify as a team, but Central junior Mikenna LaVenture will compete for Division 2 individual all-state honors.

New Richmond has been a mainstay at the top of the regional dance performances and that continued on Saturday. The Tigers showed great precision in both of their routines, which has become the trademark of the team.

“We worked so hard to earn that title, we’ve been so focused and determined to place well,” said New Richmond coach Ali Saliny about the team’s regional pom championship.

At state, the Tigers are scheduled to perform both their routines in Session II. The pom routine is scheduled for 5:28 p.m. on Saturday with the kick routine scheduled for 6:32 p.m. Post-Priller will do her individual routine at 4:20 p.m.

Somerset has quickly risen up the ranks to be one of the top teams in the region. That was punctuated by the team’s championship in the kick division, along with the third place performance in the hip hop division.

Somerset will compete in Session I at the state meet in La Crosse on Saturday. Somerset’s hip hop routine is scheduled for 10:56 a.m., with the kick performance scheduled for 12:56 p.m. Somerset’s two individual performers, Mart and Vogel, are scheduled to perform in the 1:40 p.m. block.

Central will be represented at state by LaVenture, who will perform in the 1:20 p.m. block. She is a rarity because she is a two-sport athlete. In addition to being a state-caliber dance performer, LaVenture is also a member of the St. Croix Central varsity girls basketball team.

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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