BRANDON VALLEY – The Hot Springs Cheer & Dance Team competed at the State Competition in Brandon Valley last Friday, Oct. 19, where they finished in a tie for eighth place in the Small Squad Cheer division, as well as seventh in the Dance-Pom division and sixth in the Dance-Hip Hop division.
Overall amongst all large and small squad teams, Hot Springs was 15th out of 18 teams in Cheer, and eighth out of nine teams in Dance.
“The Cheer Team performed well at the State Competition,” said Hot Springs Head Coach Janet Naasz. “I was very proud of the performance of the young team. They have worked hard during the season and worked hard at leveling up the stunts and routine. As a young team they have grown throughout the season both as a team and individuals. They should be proud of their accomplishments for the year.”
In the Small Squad cheer competition, Hot Springs tied with Redfield/Doland for eighth place among the 11 teams competing, each with a score of 182.5. Hot Springs did not have any deductions while Redfield/Doland had 20 points of dedections.
Deubrook Area won the Small Squad with 227 points, followed by Bon Homme (222.5), Wagner (216.5), Custer (212) and Parkston (197) rounding out the top-five.
Sioux Valley was the overall Cheer Champion with 290.5 points followed by Dakota Valley as the runner-up with 240 points and Dell Rapids in third with 240 points.
In the various Dance Competitions, Hot Springs scored 174 points for their 7th place Pom Routine, which put them ahead of both Lead-Deadwood (174) and Northwestern (171.5). Dakota Valley won the division with 287 points followed by Tea Area with 228.5.
For their Hip-Hop routine, Hot Springs accumulated 143.5 points to take the final sixth place position in the standings. Platte-Geddes won this division with 219 points, followed by Winner with 213.5.
“These were the only two divisions that the dance team competed in,” Coach Naasz pointed out. “Dance divisions are not divided into small and large groups, so large and small compete for the title so group size can be from 6-26 team members.
“The Dancers performed well in the competition,” Naasz added. “It was the lowest score we received all year in hip hop. We had been performing the routine the same all season. Overall dance placement is based on how many dances you perform. Teams can perform up to three dances for overall placings. Those who performed three dances average scores are higher for placement. We only performed two dances so overall placement is lower.”
Other dance divisions included Jazz and Kick, both of which were won by Dakota Valley, which helped to propel them into first place of the overall Dance Standings with 282.5 points. Platte Geddes was the state runner-up in Dance with 222.33 points, followed by Winner (198.17), St. Thomas More (182.5) and Lead-Deadwood (174), rounding out the top-five.
“Our team is multi-talented as they perform both dance and cheer,” Coach Naasz said. “A lot of teams that dance or cheer, that is all they do. So to be able to compete in both says a lot for the athletes from Hot Springs. They have to work harder at routines as they are learning not only cheer but also dance routines. Parents of the girls should be very proud of their athletes, as their coach is. Thanks for the great season ladies.”
Photo courtesy SDPB.org
Hot Springs' Competitive Cheer team competes during last week's State Meet in Brandon Valley.