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Somerset's Gabbie Vogel earns all-state dance honors for third time

Somerset’s 2016 all-state dance finalists were Gabbie Vogel and Joely Mart (l-r). Vogel was one of nine girls who received Division 2 all-state honors, doing so for the third time in her career. 1 / 3
The New Richmond dance team that performed at the 2016 WACPC state meet included (front, l-r) Paris Johnson, Chloe Fankhauser, Harley Leavens, Deidre Cuno and Mattie Post-Priller; (center) Sara Nagel, Ellie Glorgiven, Kaiya Fox, Coach Ali Saliny, Kaylynn Elkin, Alexis Anderson and Maddie Yehlik; (back) Maddie Kraft, Claira Luedtke, Sophia Pena, Kylie Friendt and Ivy Halverson.2 / 3
The Somerset Dance Team is comprised of 10 team members: seniors Hayley Ueland and Layne Cran; juniors Joely Mart (captain), Gabbie Vogel (captain) and Ashlynn Giossi; sophomores Bailey Mitchell and Mariah Fox; and freshmen Bethanie Mangine, Angel Murphy Garcia and Lexi Vossen. The team is coached by Tara Huppert, Hailley Leverty and Sarah Icenogle Colling.3 / 3

Somerset junior Gabbie Vogel earned her third all-state honor at the 2016 Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches State Championships on Saturday in La Crosse.

Vogel was one of nine girls who earned Division 2 all-state honors. She was one of four local girls who competed for all-state individual honors, along with teammate Joely Mart, New Richmond’s Mattie Post-Priller and St. Croix Central’s Mikenna LaVenture.

The New Richmond and Somerset dance teams also performed in two events at the state meet, but weren’t able to bring home any trophies in the outstanding competition at the meet.

New Richmond competed in Division 1 at the state meet, where the Tigers were competing with the largest schools in the state.

“Our team had two solid performances Saturday but the competition in Division 1 is unbelievable. The teams are bigger, the talent is unreal and the programs run year-round. It’s a level of competition that we strive to be. Competing against great teams makes you better,” said New Richmond coach Ali Saliny.

The Tigers will hold Senior Night at halftime of the boys basketball game on Friday, Feb. 19. The team’s final performance of the year will be at the boys basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 25.

While Somerset didn’t place in the team competition, the Spartans were excited because their eighth place finish in the kick division was the highest placing ever for a Somerset team at state. Somerset also placed 12th in the hip hop division in its first year competing at state in that division.

The strong performance at state was part of the best finish to a season for the Somerset squad. They earned their first Middle Border Conference championship by winning the hip hop division and their first regional title in the kick division.

“I’m so impressed with the resiliency and dedication of this entire team. I also am so appreciative of our captains who stepped up and took on even more responsibility, which helped contribute to the success of the season,” said Somerset coach Tara Huppert added.

Vogel’s individual success puts her among the premier dance performers in the state. She was one of nine girls who received Division 2 all-state honors. She was joined on the all-state team by four other Middle Border Conference athletes from Prescott.

LaVenture’s ascent to being a state finalist has been incredible because of her competing in two sports all winter. She is a guard on the St. Croix Central girls basketball team. She played in a road game at Pepin on Friday night, before making the trip to La Crosse to compete 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 more than 30 years.

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