All’s well that ends well, huh? Its time to get those final scores on the books before the pre-sections speculation begins. If you’re anything like me, the endless what if’s and “who will do what” is making me so excited to just get there already. Its time for sections and some do-or-die, all the marbles type performances. The energy in the gym is picking up as we get close, and I can’t wait to see what you will do! One shout out to the Fridley team who did a V/JV/B team dance last night and had a blast. I wish I saw that much fun every time a team takes the floor. It reminds me that this may be a contest, but we all love dance. Winning or losing doesn’t change that. Go big, leave yesterday in the past, and remember – have fun!
Camden Conference Championships: The Lac Qui Parle team will be defending their title at home against the smallest teams of section 3A. Canby looks hot, and so does Renville County West. Look for Canby to try to make a pre-sections statement about their kick dance.
Dover Eyota Invitational: The DE team will play host to sections in 2 weeks, so everyone will be here testing out the floor. Wabasha Kellogg and Lake City have cases to make, and things have been flip flopping around all year for who’s the best of 1A. Zumbrota looks poised to stay comfortably on top in the jazz department.
Rochester JM Invitational: A small morning meet – but a rare glimpse at the Faribault teams’ new kick dance.
Simley Invitational: The AA division here will be worth a look as contenders from all sections come together. Rocori, Simley, South St. Paul, Chisago Lakes, Austin, and Mound Westonka all look good right now. AAA will feature a few names from section 3AAA trying to make a move.
Pelican Rapids Invitational: The Valkyries host a new rivalry with Frazee and Crosby Ironton who are struggling to find a place in the stacked section 4A. Bagley will also make a rare appearance and keep things interesting.
Mounds View Winterfest: The Viewettes host a major JV event, with a splash of varsity in there for fun. Anoka, Henry Sibley, Forest Lake, and Centennial will be varsity names to make a move, and no one is quite sure what the host Viewettes will do under their new coaching staff heading into sections. We’ll have to see if they hang with Forest Lake from section 3. In A/AA, Duluth Denfeld, Duluth Marshall, Marshall ,Concordia Academy, Richfield, and Pine City will be an eclectic mix.
GFW Invitational: Western A teams will meet with section 2 A in a final invitational round before sections at Fairfax. YME and Montevideo have swapped a couple of kick wins and nothing is settled yet. BOLD made a push for a jazz title over YME at conference on Thursday night – so they’re hoping to carry that forward into the weekend. New Ulm Cathedral, Rockford, and PACT will be trying to get their jazz dances compared prior to sections here too.
Eastview Showcase: The nightcap on Saturday will be a true “showcase” as a cross section of interesting AAA teams will be on hand for a no-results announced event. This tradition goes back to 2012 where the teams do not discuss scores or publish them. Even the judges don’t know what happened. An interesting concept, usually generating much gossip. Agree with the approach or not, this is a rare chance to catch a new Eastview dance, Burnsville, Spring Lake Park, Edina, Wayzata, Chaska, Lakeville South, Brainerd, Eden Prairie and more. There’s a lot on the line for section 2AAA which will be up first on 1/31 – and things are getting real – fast. My advice: go and enjoy this one. Watch and appreciate. No results isn’t an invitation for everyone to make their own ranks on Twitter. Its a chance to see what’s good and what’s not quite ready for that sections performance. After all, it doesn’t matter how you place – until those medals are really being handed out. An interesting thought — a challenge to be embraced!
Good luck teams – don’t forget to be a good sport and stay relaxed. There can only be one winner. See you for sections week #1!