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Area dancers shine at MBC dance meet

Competing for the New Richmond High School dance team at the Middle Border Conference meet at Prescott on Saturday were (front, from left) Bailey Hubmer, Kaiya Fox, Maddie Yehlik, Madi Sattler and Claira Luedtke; (middle) Coach Ali Sirek, Lilly Deschene, Ashley Swiggum, Maddie Kraft, Ivy Halvorson and Sara Nagel; (back) Maddie Gess, Rachel Gust, Makayla Mitchell, Amy Baranowski and Bethany Beseman. Submitted photo1 / 3
Girls who competed for the Somerset High School dance team at the Middle Border Conference meet on Saturday include (front, from left): Mariah Fox, Lexi Vossen, Bailey Mitchell and Hannah Meyer; (middle) Gianna Sayers, Tabatha Soderlund and Bethanie Mangine; (back) Kaia Larson, Ally Osterhues, Lauren Young, Carissa Rose, Jazmine Sutton, Angelina Murphy-Garcia and Taylar Wittstock. 2 / 3
Girls who represented St. Croix Central High School at the Middle Border Conference dance competition on Saturday include (back, from left) Avary Dux, Abbi Hauschildt, Ariana Carrasco, Naomi Dillon, Ally Nelson, Scout Lindquist and Desire Dillon; (front) Liz Brandvold, Elisa Thoen, Tarhia Davis, Livi Smith and Josie Armagost.3 / 3

The Middle Border Conference has built a reputation as one of the strongest conferences in western Wisconsin for dance teams and that was on display again on Saturday, Jan. 13, when the 2018 MBC dance competition was held at Prescott High School.

All three area teams performed well in Saturday's meet. Here are reports on each of the local teams.

New Richmond

The Tiger dance team again won a Middle Border Conference championship in the kick competition. The Tigers were also able to place third in the pom division.

"Kick is our strength and we take a lot of pride in our routines," said New Richmond coach Ali Sirek.

New Richmond seniors Kaiya Fox and Maddie Yehlik and juniors Ivy Halvorson and Maddie Kraft earned first team all conference honors. They each performed a solo during the solo and ensemble competition in the morning. Fox was named MBC solo champion with her solo routine.


The Somerset dance team took home a first place in the MBC Hip Hop division. Somerset also earned a second place finish in the MBC kick division. In the quad ensemble, (Bailey Mitchell, Lexi Vossen, Mariah Fox and Hannah Meyer) took third place all conference honors.

"The conference competition was tough. The teams competing were all very talented, and we knew that from the start that we would have to do our very best to keep up with the level of competition," said new Somerset coach Kacie Larkowski.

Somerset also competed at Prairie Farm High School on Jan. 6 and took home first place in Kick, first place in Hip Hop, and first place quad ensemble.

St. Croix Central

The Central dance team finished in second place in the jazz division and fourth place in the pom division at the conference competition on Saturday. Competing in the individual portion of the meet were Avary Dux in the solo event; Liz Brandvold and Scout Lindquist as a duet; and Josie Armagost and Ariana Carrasco as a duet.

"The team has grown substantially over the course of the season in their choreography skills, technical skills, and performance energy. The team was proud of their performances on Saturday and are looking forward to growing further as a team and as individual athletes," said Central coach Mandie Langman.

The next competition for all three teams will be on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the WACPC regional competition at Wausau East High School.

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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