Busy dance season shows lots of progress

Sports Editor

Several of the top dance programs competed at the Wayzata Invite Jan. 16. The Trojans swept AAA jazz and kick divisions with 456 points out of 500 possible points in jazz and 425 points in kick.

Blaine was eighth in each division with 392 points in jazz, 23 points behind Chanhassen for seventh place and two points behind St. Cloud Tech for seventh place in kick. Spring Lake Park was 11th in each division, six points behind Mounds View in jazz and eight points behind Hopkins in kick.

Andover was 14th in each division, four points behind St. Cloud Tech in jazz and 20 points behind Chanhassen in kick out of 19 teams.

Anoka Twisters compete in Jazz Funk at the Section 4AAA meet in Forest Lake. Twisters pictured front row from left are: Melody Windhurst, Danielle Johnson and Codi Trombley; second row: Natalie Streich, Mckenzie Schewe, Julia Hanks  and Lizzy Hanks; third row: Rachel Rautio, Lexi Schurrer, Brianna Lentner, Lauren Springer and Emily Kokett; Back row: Morgan Windhurst and Amber Watkins.   Submitted photo
Anoka Twisters compete in Jazz Funk at the Section 4AAA meet in Forest Lake. Twisters pictured front row from left are: Melody Windhurst, Danielle Johnson and Codi Trombley; second row: Natalie Streich, Mckenzie Schewe, Julia Hanks and Lizzy Hanks; third row: Rachel Rautio, Lexi Schurrer, Brianna Lentner, Lauren Springer and Emily Kokett; Back row: Morgan Windhurst and Amber Watkins. Submitted photo

The Northwest Suburban Conference season came to an end at the championship meet at Totino-Grace on Jan. 9 with Maple Grove taking home the jazz title and Totino-Grace earning the kick title.

Anoka was third place in each division with 410 points in jazz and 402 points in kick. Blaine was two points behind the Twisters in jazz with 410 points and fifth place in kick, 17 points behind Spring Lake Park.

The Pantherettes were fifth in jazz trailed by Andover which also placed sixth in kick. Coon Rapids was 12th in each division, compiling 300 points in kick and 297 points in jazz.

Andover and Anoka placed second on their respective sides of the conference jazz meet on Dec. 10, which was won by Totino-Grace and Maple grove. Spring Lake Park and Blaine were third and Coon Rapids was seventh.

Anoka ended December on a high note by winning the Class AAA kick title at the nine-team Edina Invite Dec. 19. The Twisters scored 408 points to edge runner-up Edina by 14 points and third-place Spring Lake Park by 30 points. Coon Rapids was sixth in each division. In jazz, Edina beat out Anoka for the title by 37 points with the Pantherettes only three points back with 361 points.

The Twisters won their side of the bracket at the Dec. 17 Northwest Suburban Conference kick meet with 304 points. Maple Grove won the other bracket with 414 points with the two runner-up finishers, Totino-Grace (399) and Spring Lake Park (394) very close. Blaine and Andover tallied third places and Coon Rapids was sixth.

The Dec. 3 conference meet was a kick competition with Spring Lake Park and Anoka runner-ups to Totino-Grace nad Maple Grove on their sides of the bracket. Andover was third, Blaine fourth and Coon Rapids fifth.

Anoka also took home jazz and kick titles at the Fridley Invite on Dec. 12. The Twisters edged Apple Valley by 29 points in kick and 81 points in jazz.

On the same day, Spring Lake Park, Andover and Blaine competed in the 20-team Eastview Invite.

Eastview won both divisions with Spring Lake Park placing ninth in kick and 12th in jazz. Blaine was 10th in jazz and 11th in kick and Andover was 13th in jazz and 15th in kick.

Blaine began the month at a very competitive Chaska Invite. The Bengalettes placed fourth in jazz and fifth in kick out of seven teams at the Dec. 5 contest.

Anoka tested out the state meet floor at Target Center for the WOW Factor T’wolves Invite on Dec. 5. The Twisters were runner-up to Maple Grove in each discipline, 23 points behind Maple Grove in kick and 29 points behind them in jazz.

On the same day, Spring Lake Park won the Class AAA divisions at the Apple Valley Invite, edging Apple Valley by six points for the kick title and Duluth East by 36 points for the jazz title.

Anoka won the jazz division and was runner-up to Faribault in kick at the Eagan Invite on Nov. 21.

Andover brought home third place in each discipline in Class AAA at the Maple Grove Invite on Nov. 21.

Spring Lake Park won the season-opening Northwest Suburban Conference meet with 366 points on Nov. 20. The Pantherettes edged runner-up Blaine by one point and third-place Andover by 38 points.

Anoka was third in the other bracket with 363 points, trailing Maple Grove and Totino-Grace.

PACT Charter
PACT Charter School finished fourth out of eight teams in each division at the Cannon Falls Invite on Jan. 16. The Panthers scored 308 points in kick, 10 points behind Randolph. They also trailed Randolph by six points in jazz.

One week earlier, PACT placed second in kick and fourth in jazz among the seven-team field at the Bell Plaine Invite. They placed fourth out of nine teams in each division at the Rocori Invite on Jan. 2.

At the Fridley Invite, PACT placed second to BOLD by 51 points in Class A Jazz and third in kick trailing Cannon Falls and BOLD. The Pantherettes were third in each division in Class A at the Apple Valley Invite on Dec. 5.

St. Francis
St. Francis finished second at the Mississippi 8 Conference kick meet trailing Rogers by 18 points on the 500-point scale. The Saints Dance Team placed runner-up in Class AAA jazz at the Lakeville North Invite on Dec. 12. In kick, St. Francis garnered sixth place out of eight teams. They won the Dec. 8 Mississippi 8 Conference jazz meet, 22 points ahead of Rogers.

St. Francis placed third in jazz and fifth in kick at the seven-team field at the Forest Lake Invite on Dec. 5 and was third in kick at the Nov. 23 conference meet.

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