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Mitchell cheer, dance teams headed to state

The Mitchell High School competitive dance and cheer teams will be performing at the state level Saturday as the state championships take place in Watertown.

The Kernels will participate in three dance categories (pom, hip hop and jazz) as well as the cheer event.

The dance team for Mitchell High School consists of 16 girls, while the cheer team has 19. Head coach Angela Sivertsen has high expectations for the two squads that have put in the time and want to put on a good show.

"We have added some more difficult stunts to our cheer routine in hopes of gaining more points," she said. "The dance teams have also made some minor adjustments to clean up their routines.

"We feel confident entering into the state competition with the routines we have in place."

The Kernels' dance team took fifth place at the Eastern South Dakota Conference meet and the cheer team finished seventh. Sivertsen said the team has continued to improve throughout the entire season.

"The girls have improved overall from week to week in one area or another," she said. "I have several girls putting in an extensive amount of practice time each week."

The first performance from Mitchell is scheduled for 12:38 p.m. Saturday on Court 2 at the Watertown Civic Arena. That performance will be the Mitchell dance team's hip hop routine.

At 1:33 p.m., the Mitchell cheer team will perform its non-tumbling routine, at 2:05 p.m., the dance team will perform its jazz performance and at 4:13 p.m. the dance team will perform its pom performance.

"Many of the girls that will be competing on Saturday have been a part of the competitive team in the past," Sivertsen said. "I have four seniors this year and they have been great leaders and have stepped up to several challenges along the way."

The seniors on the Kernels' roster are Jordan Barnhart, Brittany Gebhart, Rylee Sanders and Jesse Volek. All four girls compete for the competitive dance and cheer teams.