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Three Kernels named to all-state teams at state cheer, dance competitions

It was a good day for the Kernels’ in the individual honors category, with three athletes recognized as all-state caliber performers.

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The Mitchell High School competitive dance team performs its routine at the Class AA state championships on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 at the Watertown Civic Arena.
South Dakota Public Broadcasting photo
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WATERTOWN, S.D. — The Mitchell High School competitive cheer and dance seasons came to a close on Saturday at the Watertown Civic Arena at the Class AA state championships.

It was a good day for the Kernels’ in the individual honors category, with three athletes recognized as all-state caliber performers.

Emily Moody and Kyra Gropper were each named all-state athletes in competitive cheer by the South Dakota Cheer Coaches Association. Both are seniors for the MHS competitive cheer squad.

Similarly, MHS senior Tessa Allen was named to the all-state team for Class AA by the South Dakota Dance Coaches Association.

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The Mitchell High School competitive cheer team performs its routine at the Class AA state championships on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 at the Watertown Civic Arena.
South Dakota Public Broadcasting photo

In the overall dance standings, Mitchell came in with a ninth-place finish, scoring 257 points. The Kernels were sixth in the hip-hop scoring with 266.5 points and scored 247.5 points in the jazz discipline, leading to the 257 average.

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Overall, Brandon Valley won the team title with 298 points scored, defeating Sioux Falls Washington by a half-point (297.5). Harrisburg took third place (288.25), followed by Yankton (285.5) and O’Gorman (284.5) to round out the top-five.

In the cheer scoring, Mitchell finished 10th in the team standings, scoring 225.5 points. Harrisburg won the Class AA state cheer title, scoring 290 points, edging O’Gorman’s 288 points. Sioux Falls Jefferson finished third (286), while Brandon Valley was fourth (272) and Brookings were fifth (268).

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