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Alexandria dance team: Cardinals kick to first at Detroit Lakes, third at Albany

Alexandria kicked up its heels, capturing top honors at the Detroit Lakes Invitational.

"The Cards had an outstanding performance in kick and took first place," said head coach Christine Reilly. "Five teams made up the Class AA kick competition and the Cardinals had a clear lead, despite still being short a couple of dancers due to illness and injury.

"After a disappointing finish last Tuesday at the CLC kick meet, the team knew they could do much better and the girls were determined to prove themselves.

"The captains - Madison Groettum, Emily Haan and Alexis Kokett - showed great leadership by not letting the team get down about a less than satisfactory performance on Tuesday," she added. "Instead, they kept the team loose but focused on getting the job done."

Alexandria was first in the order of competition, setting the bar high for the remainder of the teams.

"There are five categories on the kick score sheet, and the Cardinals led in three out of the five," said Reilly, "especially in the execution category."

Alexandria was first with four points, while Detroit Lakes was second with 5.5, Fergus Falls third at 9.5, Becker fourth with 11 and Crookston fifth with 15.

Double tiebreaker leaves Alexandria in third place

The Alexandria dance team brought home a couple third-place finishes in both jazz and kick competitions at the Albany Invite on Saturday.

The Cardinals were taking part in their first jazz competition of the season and finished tied for second with Monticello before ending in third after a double tie breaker. St. Cloud Apollo took first in the six-team field.

"Scores were tight and the girls feel good about their first jazz meet," head coach Christine Reilly said. "The team will really be focusing on the jazz routine this week as we look forward to the CLC jazz meet in Willmar this Friday."

Alexandria was just four points off a second-place finish in the kick competition. The Cardinals finished four points behind Monticello in that category as Apollo made it a clean sweep at its home meet with the win.

"The team was disappointed with the third place finish but realize that they just had too many errors," Reilly said. "The team made many changes in the past week and moved two JV team members up to the varsity kick team. [Freshman] Chelsea Drown and [sophomore] RyAnn Graff are great additions to the varsity kick team."