Spartan dance team makes it a state three-peatThe Superior High School dance team is headed to the state competition for the third year in a row.
The Superior High School dance team is headed to the state competition for the third year in a row.
The SHS dancers competed in the Wisconsin Association Of Cheer/Pom Coaches (WACPC) Western Regional Dance Competition at Eau Claire North High School Saturday in both the kick and jazz categories. The Spartans placed first in kick with 426 points and finished second of 10 teams in the jazz competition. The top three teams in both events qualified for the state meet.
The state dance competition is Saturday at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse. This season marks just the fourth year the Spartans have danced as a competitive squad, but Superior has advanced to state in three of those four years.
Casey Carlson is the head coach of the dance team. Team members are: Catherine Albrecht, Megan Berg, Carly Connor, Alyson Franks, Kelsey Krob, Anessa Lawrence, Danielle Lundgren, Alyssa Maki, Lacey Olson, Savanna Paulson, Chaila Runions, Jessica Sajec, Rachael Schimenek, Lindsey Sommer, Monika Sziron, Astrid Valley and Megan Malyuk. Connor, Berg and Schimenek serve as team captains this season.
The Spartan cheer team is also headed to state after a strong performance at its regional championships in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday. The SHS cheer team placed third among small Division 1 schools with its stunting routine and tied with Oconto Falls for first place in the dance only category.
Superior will compete in the state cheer meet Feb. 13 at Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena in Green Bay.
Kelli Ritchie coaches the SHS cheer team. Cheer team members are: Alexis Archambeau, Holly Bayless, Danielle Chisholm, Kaitlyn Corbett, Alesha Kotter, Elizabeth Knuuttila, Katie Latscher, Becca Sash, Hannah Vollmer, Taylor Wahlberg, Heather Walkowiak and Jennie Xiong.
Both the cheer team and dance team will perform their routines at an assembly Friday, which will also include and official state sendoff for the girls.
Two other local teams also competed in the cheer and dance regional championships. The Northwood-Solon Springs cheer team placed ninth of 13 teams in the pom category in the Division 5 regional contest, and Northwestern was seventh of nine teams in Division 4. Northwood-Solon Springs also competed in the dance team regional event and placed eighth of 12 teams in Division 2 hip-hop.
WACPC Northern Regional Cheer Results
(Top 3 advance)
1. Madison La Follette, 416.5; 2. Appleton West, 386.5; 3. Superior, 372.5; 4. Middleton, 354; 5. Green Bay East, 343.5; 6. Bay Port, 298.5.
(Top 3 advance)
1. Oconto Falls, 394.5; 1. Superior, 394.5; 2. Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln, 390; 3. Eau Claire Memorial, 309.5; 4. Sturgeon Bay, 308.5; 5. Ripon, 228.
WACPC Western Regional Dance Results
(Top 3 advance)
1. Superior, 426; 2. Hudson, 422; 3. La Crosse Logan, 310; 4. Rhinelander, 299.
(Top 5 advance)
1. DC Everest, 405; 2. Superior, 391; 3. Menomonie, 385; 4. Eau Claire Memorial, 384; 5. Hudson, 378; 6. River Falls, 373; 7. Wausau West, 364; 8. Merrill, 304; 9. Chippewa Falls, 287; 10. Marshfield, 271.