Due to an extra chilly Minnesota winter, the second of three Minnesota River Conference dance competitions was cancelled two weeks ago, propelling the four MRC dance teams straight into the conference championships on Jan. 30 at Belle Plaine.
While some teams may mourn the loss of a conference meet, for the Mayer Lutheran dance team, it was a blessing in disguise, as the team dealt with injuries to their six-member squad.
LHS finished second to Belle Plaine in jazz on Jan. 30, but the Crusaders early season success propelled them to a first place MRC finish, capturing the conference title.
The Crusaders also finished third of four teams in the high kick at Belle Plaine and finished tied for second in the conference, while Belle Plaine won the title.
LHS head coach Maryann Porter said having the final regular season meet so late in the season gave the teams an opportunity to shine.
“Getting judges score sheets during the final week of the season is invaluable for all the teams, especially when everyone danced their best,” she said. “It provides a true reflection of our progress for the entire season and we can now fine tune our routine for sections next week.”
At Belle Plaine, All-Conference honors went to senior Brit Wilaby, junior Kaitlyn Bohach, and junior Maddie Bakken, while junior Lauren Wisch was All-Conference Honorable Mention. Head coach Maryann Porter was voted the MRC Coach of the Year in jazz.
The Crusaders now have this week to prepare for the Section 2A competition, this Saturday at Bloomington Kennedy. LHS will compete against 12 teams in jazz and 14 in high kick, with hopes of claiming a top spot and state tournament entry.
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