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.
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.