The MHS dance team placed fifth in D1 hip hop and seventh in D1 pom at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches State Championships on Saturday, Feb. 1 in La Crosse.
It is the second year in a row the MHS dance team has been awarded a state trophy and the fourth time in seven years. The seventh-place finish in D1 pom was the second-highest result the team has ever had in that competition.
"I am so proud and impressed with what were able to do withi such a young team,'' coach Jackie Rehberg said, noting there are 14 new members, including 13 freshmen. "We worked so hard over the past eight months. The future is bright.''
MHS seniors Payton Giles and Cece Lindbloom were two of 25 dancers to make the D1 all-state team. More than 83 dancers from across the state auditioned for the all-state team. Giles and Lindbloom qualified for the state meet by placing in the top half of all performers at the Southern Regional in Watertown on Jan. 25.
"They worked so hard on their solos all year and I am so proud of them. This was very well deserved,'' said Rehberg, who noted the team didn't have any soloists make the finals a year ago.
Below are four videos from their state performances: