BVDT lands 7th grand champ honor; cheer team gains strides

By: 
Jill Meier, Journal editor
The Lady Lynx dance team simply can’t be beat.
 
And once again, Brandon Valley’s high steppers landed grand champion honors, and this time they did it before an enthusiastic hometown crowd at the Oct. 6 BV Invite.
 
“It was definitely fun to be on our home floor,” said Lynx head coach Ashley Hoffman.
 
Although BV has won seven straight grand champion honors, Hoffman said last week’s was just a little bit more special.
 
“The biggest difference honestly was having the crowd support,” she said. “It was larger than normal because of the student body and the girls feed off the energy of that. The fact that they were able to do that (win grand champion) is really special for them and as we get to the end, every win is not just a win anymore, as we come closer to competing for the state title.”
 
The Lynx dancers were the clear winners behind their first-place finishes in both jazz and pom. BV registered a 369.5 for their jazz routine and 364 in pom, averaging out to a 366.75 tally.
The Lynx bested runner-up Harrisburg by 22 points.
 
BV’s cheer team also had the hometown fans on their feet Tuesday night, and their enthusiastic performance generated a 221.50 score from the judges. Roosevelt edged Harrisburg by seven points to win the team title, followed by Sioux Valley and fourth-place BV.
 
The Lynx cheer came away from Saturday’s Mitchell Invitational with a third-place finish. Coach Katee Lane said her team improved their performance score and made significant gains in the partner stunt sequence.
 
“Unfortunately, between a technical difficulty with music and other safety deductions, the overall score put the team in third place,” she said. “With only major competitions left in the season, it will be crucial to clean up each section of the routine and bring a little extra creativity and difficulty to the mat.” 
 
Both squads enter the final stretch of their 2020 season this week. On Monday, the teams competed for the Metro Championships at the Sanford Pentagon and Thursday they will travel to Pierre to vie for their respective Eastern South Dakota Conference titles. The state meet is on tap for Oct. 24 at Rapid City.
 
BV Invite
Grand champion cheer: 1.) SF Roosevelt 278; 2.) Harrisburg 271; 3.) Sioux Valley 234.50; 4.) Brandon Valley 221.50; 5.) Brookings 215.50; 6.) Mitchell 194.50; 7.) Watertown 188; 8.) Dell Rapids 182; 9.) Huron 180.50; 10.) RC Stevens 171; 11.) SF Lincoln 170; 12.) Yankton 166.50; 13.) Platte-Geddes 143.50; 14.) Pierre 133.50.
 
Grand champion dance: 1.) Brandon Valley 366.75; 2.) Harrisburg 344.75; 3.) Yankton 327.75; 4.) Watertown 305.75; 5.) Huron 301.25; 6.) SF Roosevelt 295.50; 7.) RC Stevens 287.25; 8.) SF Lincoln 285.25; 9.) Mitchell 268; 10.) Pierre 267; 11.) Brookings 265.25; 12.) Platte-Geddes 265; 13.) Tea 224.75.
 
Jazz: 1.) BV 369.5; 2.) Harrisburg 341; 3.) Yankton 327; 4.) SF Lincoln 325.5; 5.) Huron 300.5; 6.) RC Stevens 292; 7.) Pierre 266.
 
Pom: 1.) BV 364; 2.) SF Roosevelt 340; 3.) Yankton 328.5; 4.) Watertown 303; 5.) RC Stevens 282.5; 6.) Brookings 269.5; 7.) Tea 259.5; 8.) Platte-Geddes 259; 9.) Mitchell 256.5.
 
Hip Hop: 1.) Harrisburg 348.5; 2.) Watertown 308.5; 3.) Huron 302; 4.) Mitchell 279.5; 5.) Platte-Geddes 271; 6.) Pierre 268; 7.) Brookings 261; 8.) SF Roosevelt 251; 9.) SF Lincoln 245; 10.) Tea 190.
 
Mitchell Invite
Grand champion cheer: 1.) Wolsey-Wessington 230.50; 2.) Mitchell 228.50; 3.) Brandon Valley 218; 4.) RC Central 204; 5.) Huron 191.50; 6.) Yankton 173.50; 7.) Gregory 170.50; 8.) Arlington/Lake Preston 169.50; 9.) Pierre 167.50; 10.) Bon Homme 162; 11.) Platte-Geddes 160; 12.) Lyman 124.50.

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