The conference dance season came to a close at Mayer Lutheran last Thursday, Jan. 17, and the Raiders took third place out of four conference teams in both the jazz and high kick categories for the season.
Belle Plaine won the conference in the high kick event, with Mayer Lutheran taking second place and Jordan taking fourth. No conference champion was named in the jazz category because only three teams competed in that event. Belle Plaine took first place overall in jazz, though Mayer Lutheran won the jazz event at the last meet, and the Crusaders took second place in the final standings ahead of Central.
The Raiderettes were back in action at Mayer Lutheran on Saturday, Jan. 19 at an invitational meet, and had one of their best performances of the season. In that non-conference event, the Raiders took first place in the jazz event ahead of Brooklyn Center and Richfield. Mayer Lutheran was disqualified in the jazz event. Central also finished third in the high kick behind PACT Charter and Mayer Lutheran but ahead of Richfield.
All five teams at the invitational meet will compete in the same section on Feb. 9, and Raiderettes head coach Pam Johnson said Central’s performance was encouraging from that standpoint.
“The girls were really excited. Our scores were the strongest they have ever been in jazz and kick both,” she said. “Saturday was a really strong performance was encouraging from that standpoint.
“The girls were really excited. Our scores were the strongest they have ever been in jazz and kick both,” she said. “Saturday was a really strong performance in both jazz and kick for the girls. We actually had to start the varsity jazz dance twice due to an injury on the floor the first time we performed it. We were able to quickly rework our formations and go back out on the floor without our injured dancer and give our best performance of the season.”
Johnson hopes the team can continue to peak as it heads toward the section meet.
“We are really proud of the girls. They have worked hard all season and have had steady and strong improvement each week,” she said.