Crusaders capture MRC high kick title

From left, sophomore Lauren Wisch, sophomore Kaitlyn Bohach, senior Kayla Wandersee, freshman Amanda Wade, and sophomore Maddie Bakken pose at the end of their jazz routine. The Crusaders won the category at their Jan. 17 conference meet.

From left, sophomore Lauren Wisch, sophomore Kaitlyn Bohach, senior Kayla Wandersee, freshman Amanda Wade, and sophomore Maddie Bakken pose at the end of their jazz routine. The Crusaders won the category at their Jan. 17 conference meet.

After tough competition at the third and final conference meet of the season, the Mayer Lutheran dance team captured its first ever high kick conference title on Jan. 17, in front of a home crowd.

Although they finished second to Belle Plaine on Jan. 17, the Crusaders held a lead from the previous meets that snagged the title from the Explosion. Norwood Young America finished third in kick, while Jordan was fourth.

Crusader head coach Maryann Porter said the team is “thrilled” to have won its first high kick title.

“The girls have worked hard this season to improve their skills and I am glad they were rewarded for their hard work,” she said.
Mayer Lutheran finished second to Belle Plaine in the conference standings for jazz, after winning the division on Jan. 17.

“It was also exciting to win first place in jazz on our home court,” Porter said. “We’ve been closing in on Belle Plaine at each meet and the changes we made last week, were enough to tip the scores in our favor.”

The Crusaders won their first ever conference title last season in the jazz category. A jazz champion was not named this year, as only three teams competed.

The team continued its success into the weekend by hosting an invitational that featured many of the Crusaders’ section competitors. Mayer Lutheran was second to PACT Charter by just one point in the high kick category.

“Just one point separated us, so it doesn’t get much closer than that,” Porter said.

As the Crusaders continue to work on the routine, Porter said they are looking forward to their rematch with PACT at the section tournament in a few weeks.

Norwood Young America finished third in the high kick, followed by Richfield. Brooklyn Center, St. Croix Lutheran, Spectrum, and Kenyon-Wanamingo also competed.

The Crusaders were disqualified in the jazz division, despite performing the same routine that placed them first just two days prior.

“The move that was in question has been in our routine since the start of the season, so we {were] surprised by the ruling,” Porter said. “I know the team is determined to put this behind them and focus on making the rest of the season the best.”

Norwood Young America won top honors in the jazz division, followed by Brooklyn Center and Richfield. PACT, St. Croix Lutheran, and Spectrum also competed.

The Mayer Lutheran junior varsity jazz team won its division by defeating NYA Central and St. Croix Lutheran.

The Crusaders are off this weekend. They will next compete at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Jan. 31. Sections are Jan. 9 at Aitkin.

 

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

 
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