Photo courtesy South Dakota Public Broadcasting
CHAMPIONS—Members of the State Champion Dance Team including (front, L-R) seniors Mackenzie Wange, Jaycee Walker Rinehart, Camryn Burgers, Madeline Jacobsen and Sarah Snelling; (row 2) juniors Skyla Sanders, Megan Richardson, Ivy Kraft, Selena Gonzales, Kiahna Bonrud, Grace Loeschke and Tyler Koester; (row 3) assistant coach Jordan Boyd; freshman Campbell McKay; sophomores Rachel Stuckenbroker, Iyana Augustus and Lidiya Goitom; freshmen Ella Wilson and Giselle Zepeda; sophomore Alexis Goeman and head coach Angela Nieman celebrate with their State AA trophy Saturday in Brandon.
Competition dance team wins State AA Title again
WHS takes fourth consecutive state championship
By Asia Amos and Emma Scott
Warrior competition dance team members won their fourth consecutive state title Oct. 20 at the AA State Tournament at Brandon Valley High School.
It is the 10th state title for the competition dance team since entering the sanctioned competition in 2008. They have won the event every year entered except 2014, when they took second place.
The Warrior dancers won every division they competed in, including Jazz with a score of 290 and Pom with a score of 296.5, both 1.5 points ahead of second place Brandon Valley. They won Hip Hop with a 295, which is 5 points ahead of second place Roosevelt.
Overall, WHS averaged a 293.83 out of a perfect 300, 6.16 points ahead of second place Brandon Valley.
Senior Mackenzie Wange said she is happy with the outcome.
“I am incredibly proud of this year’s team and how far we have come,” Wange said. “We put so much time and effort into all of our routines, and I am very happy to say that it all paid off.”
Competition cheer team members took third place with a 278 out of 300, 2 points behind second place Roosevelt and 10.5 points behind first place O’Gorman.
Senior Sarah Snelling said it was a good season.
“We hit the best routine of our season for cheer, and I could not be happier with our performance,” Snelling said. “I am so proud of my teammates and very happy with the way things turned out.”
The state champion Warriors were welcomed back to WHS following the competition Oct. 20.