FL dancers earn SEC title in varsity jazz

The Rangers earned conference championship titles in varsity jazz and junior varsity combined jazz and kick, as well as a runner-up finish in varsity kick.  (Photo by TLC Digital Images)

The Rangers earned conference championship titles in varsity jazz and junior varsity combined jazz and kick, as well as a runner-up finish in varsity kick. (Photo by TLC Digital Images)

Rangers runners-up to Mustangs in kick

 

All-conference selections Rachel Rue, Hayley Waldoch, Mia Leeson and Aly Proulx pose following the Suburban East Conference competition at Cretin-Derham Hall last Wednesday. (Photo by TLC Digital Images)

All-conference selections Rachel Rue, Hayley Waldoch, Mia Leeson and Aly Proulx pose following the Suburban East Conference competition at Cretin-Derham Hall last Wednesday. (Photo by TLC Digital Images)

Kat Ladwig
Sports Editor

The Ranger dance team celebrated a conference championship in varsity jazz and junior varsity combined jazz and kick out of seven teams last Wednesday at Cretin-Derham Hall.

The dancers also closed their Suburban East Conference regular-season matchups with a runner-up finish in varsity kick, losing only in conference competition this season to Mounds View.  It was the third loss of the season in kick to the Mustangs.

Head coach Cheryl Smoczyk said she was proud of the way her girls danced and focused despite six dancers suffering from injury, causing constant change in the formations.

“We have not had the same lineup once yet this season so we’re trying to clean up our routine,” Smoczyk said. “It’s not easy to keep rearranging, especially with 27 different formations in a single dance— that means we have to move girls around based on height along with replacing a dancer.”

The rearranging seemed to work as the squad earned three scores of nine (meaning a rating of excellent) in the areas of combinations of leaps and turns, technique and choreography.

Four Forest Lake girls also earned all-conference honors at the SEC event in St. Paul: junior Rachel Rue, senior Hayley Waldoch, junior Mia Leeson and sophomore Aly Proulx. Sydney Moore and Rhiannon Lasch were selected as all-conference honorable mention.

On Saturday, the Rangers went up against 10 former state-qualifying teams out of 19 that attended the Wayzata Invitational, and placed 12th.

Though the Rangers did not see their friendly rivals from Mounds View in Wayzata, they will run into them again on Saturday at the Mustangs’ home invitional. The competition begins at 9 a.m.

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