Crusaders compete at state dance meet

From left, Kayla Wandersee, Lauren Wisch, Maddie Bakken, and Kaitlyn Bohach perform at the Class A state competition Feb. 15.

After an afternoon of intense Class A competition on Feb. 15, the Mayer Lutheran Crusader dance team placed 12th in jazz at the state tournament.

Head coach Maryann Porter said she was amazed at the level of dancing at the state tournament this year, which included the first Class A quintuple pirouette turn, executed by the Crusaders’ section rival Duluth Marshall.

Porter said Mayer Lutheran’s performance was both clean and energy-packed, which is just what the team wanted.

“This young team of three sophomores, a freshman, and a senior handled the pressure of state like a seasoned team,” she said. “They have a bright future ahead of them and this experience will continue to serve them in the years to come.”

The Crusaders definitely have a season to remember, as they placed first or second in every regular season meet this year, beginning back on Dec. 8 at Albany, when the Crusaders finished second in jazz.

They went on to win in jazz at BOLD the next weekend, and placed first in high kick at Jordan Dec. 20, complimented by a second place jazz finish.

January 11 marked the Crusaders’ second conference meet of the season, and the team fared well, placing second in both categories. Hosting the final MRC tournament a week later, the Crusaders won the jazz division, and finished second in high kick, capturing their first ever MRC title in high kick.

At their home invitational just two days later, the Crusaders finished second in high kick. The team wrapped up the regular season by winning in jazz at Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Jan. 31 and finishing second in high kick.

A third place finish at sections on Feb. 9 guaranteed the Crusaders a return trip to the state tournament.

“High point was qualifying for state and having the opportunity to represent our school,” Porter said. “It is what every athlete dreams of doing.”

The small Mayer Lutheran team loses two seniors this year in Kayla Wandersee and Kylie Zellmann. Both were All-Conference honorees and were selected to the All-State team, along with sophomore Maddie Bakken, who also received both honors.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Bohach was named to the All-State team and received All-Conference Honorable Mention, while junior Brittany Wilaby was also All-Conference.


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