New Richmond, Somerset dance teams to compete at state Saturday
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.