Dancers sweep at East Ridge

In their first conference meet of the season, the Forest Lake dance team made a strong statement by sweeping the competition in all categories.

Both the junior varsity and varsity squads took first in jazz and kick despite some mix-ups with music for numerous teams during the meet. Head coach Cheryl

Smoczyk said her teams stayed composed despite the varsity kick squad having to dance twice due to the mishap.

“The music started early and I messed up, too, by not having them restart the music earlier,” Smoczyk said. “They basically danced twice and that second time was as good as they could have possibly delivered.”

The head coach said she wasn’t as worried about the jazz performance as the girls lost just one senior from last year’s state-bound team. The only opponent who posed a threat was Mounds View.

“We had seen Mounds View this summer and, boy, they looked good,” Smoczyk said. “I wasn’t able to watch them dance here, but in a shocker they must have had a fall, since they took fifth — I’m sad for them because when you only have four conference meets a season, doing poorly at one really limits you for the rest of the season.”

With this first SEC meet under their belt, they move on to host their first invitational starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Forest Lake High School. The invitational will showcase 11 teams.