We are on the home stretch folks! For many, sections are just 10 days away. A few little touch ups on those routines and they’re in the books for the rest of the year. Tons of developments happened over the long weekend though, lets break it down.
Wayzata Invitational: The weekend’s biggest meet was a AAA showdown at Wayzata. The hosting Trojets pulled out a big win in the jazz division over rivals from Chaska. Hopkins continues to climb and took a coveted 3rd spot in jazz, while scoring more total points than Chaska. Scores here were very tight, with great teams placing in the middle of the pack. Edina who has been strong this year brought in 400 points and still only finished 8th. Says a lot about the strength of that group. Kick was the Eden Prairie show, with St. Cloud Tech right in there. Wayzata continued to climb in kick, taking 3rd over a tough Brainerd team. Lakeville South continues to makes its case for qualifying for state with a strong 5th place finish. AAA will certainly have a lot of work to do to differentiate themselves prior to sections. This is already shaping up to be a great final show!
Mayer Lutheran Invitational: The section 2A head-to-head ended with Randolph and Rockford taking 1st in their respective categories they compete, while PACT and New Ulm Cathedral rounded out 2 and 3 in both categories. Scores were far from definitive, however, and 15 practices can change a lot. A new section champ will emerge in both kick and jazz for 2A, so everyone is stepping up to the challenge here.
3 Rivers Conference Championship: Elsewhere in class A, Wabasha Kellogg had a good day, taking 2nd in both, while St. Charles got some things going in their jazz and jumped up to 1st. Dover Eyota will have some work to do to overtake their area rivals at their home invite this weekend.
Big 9 Conference Championship: Faribault held on for another win in the Big 9 again this year, but this time they beat Austin in both kick and jazz as they prepare for tough AAA competition.
Totino Grace Invitational: The TG experiment of “large” and “small” AA schools (based on squad size) went down on Saturday, with TG taking the kick title from a disappointed Sartell squad. Cannon Falls who has been looking good settled for 3rd in this tough one. Those 3 are way out ahead of the pack and will be arguing over the color of medal by state. The past few years this meet hasn’t really been a good indicator of state placements, but I’m starting to wonder if Totino is ready to climb back to the top this year. It’s going to be intense, that’s for sure. Jazz was all Benilde surging back ahead of Totino who took 2nd.
Pelican Rapids Invitational: The northern class A meet this week was at Pelican, with Aitkin staying comfortably on top in kick and jazz. Frazee continues to stay close with Pelican, this time the Fly Girls got the 2nd in jazz, while Pelican took 2nd in kick. I’ll be interested to see Duluth Marshall jump in this mix come sections time.
Wright County Conference Championships: Holy Family continues its push in jazz, adding some distance over rivals from Mound Westonka. Orono quietly took 3rd, making a case for their presence at state. Mound continued it’s kick streak, taking 1st with Holy Family pulling an upset over Hutchinson who is normally kick-focused.
Monticello Invitational: This one gave Becker a chance to be on top in the jazz field, and Albany took top honors in kick.
Yellow Medicine East Invitational: Section 3A got together at YME where the host school got the double win. Renville County West continues to look good in jazz, with 3rd going to Tracy. Kick was YME, then a strong Montevideo team, followed by LacQui Parle. Those 3 continue to keep it tight, but with the noticeable absence of the BOLD team, we won’t know how things really stand until West Central Conference championships.
High Scores of the Week:
Class A Jazz: Yellow Medicine East (72)
Class A Kick: Yellow Medicine East (79.2)
Class AA Jazz: Benilde St. Margarets (87.6)
Class AA Kick: Totino Grace (87.2)
Class AAA Jazz: Wayzata (91.4)
Class AAA Kick: Eden Prairie (88.4)