A quartet of schools will represent west central Minnesota in both the Jazz and High Kick divisions at the State Dance Team Championships this weekend.
Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd were the big winners in Saturday's Section 3A championship in Montevideo, taking top honors in both divisions. The Shadows had a total of 529 points in High Kick, with Yellow Medicine East (500) and Montevideo (475) also advancing to state after finishing second and third, respectively. Then in Jazz, LQPV/DB won with a score of 485 while YME (445), BOLD (440) and Montevideo (410) rounded out the top four while qualifying for state.
In the Section 2A championship Saturday in Bloomington, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City's High Kick cemented a state trip by finishing third with 420 points, trailing section champion Cannon Falls (477) and runner-up PACT Charter (459).
The State Dance Team Championships are Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
The area Jazz teams will perform at the following times on Friday: BOLD, 11:37 a.m.; YME, 11:58 a.m.; LQPV/DB, 12:26 p.m.; Montevideo, 12:40 p.m.
The area High Kick teams will perform at the following times on Saturday: Montevideo, 11:30 a.m.; ACGC, 11:51 a.m.; LQPV/DB, 12:05 p.m.; YME, 12:12 p.m.
On both days, the top six teams in the prelims will be announced at 1:15 p.m. and the finals will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Adelman, Henry up
for McDonald Award
New London-Spicer's Brandon Adelman and BOLD's Carter Henry are among 30 semifinalists for the 2019 McDonald Award.
The McDonald Award is named for legendary former Chisholm coach Bob McDonald and honors the outstanding senior player for the 2018-19 season.
This is the second year of the award and finalists will be announced in March. The winner will be named in late March or early April.
Minneota player apologizes
Minneota basketball player Thomas Hennen issued an apology for violating Minnesota State High School League rules during a Jan. 31 game at MACCRAY by twice shooting free throws that should have been taken by teammates.
Hennen's written apology was included in a story published Sunday night on The Minneota Mascot website.
Minneota defeated MACCRAY 87-83 on Jan. 31. In the apology published on the Mascot website, Hennen stated that on two separate occasions he shot free throws when it was his teammates who drew fouls and should have gone to the free throw line.
Minneota administrators suspended Hennen for two games and teammates Logan Sussner and Jacob Hennen received one-game suspensions, according to the Mascot story.
The three players were listed in a box score as not having played in a Feb. 9 game at Yellow Medicine East, which the Sting won 57-55. It was Minneota's first loss this season and the entered Monday's game at Adrian with an 18-1 record.
Hennen apologized to MACCRAY, his teammates, coaches, fans, the school, community and the MSHSL, according to the Mascot story.
MACCRAY Athletic/Activities Director Jim Trulock said the school would let Minneota deal with the issue.
"It's an unfortunate thing that happened," Trulock said. "Minneota is handling it and we're going to move forward with the season. We'll let Minneota handle it."