by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
St. Cloud Cathedral was the winner of the Mississippi 8 Conference high-kick meet on Monday evening in Monticello.
Rogers placed second and Zimmerman third among five teams. That’s the same order of finish as the jazz meet in December.
The final conference meet will be held Jan. 21 at Rogers, with both jazz and high-kick.
Cathedral, which has been one of the top Class AA teams in the state for several years, and Zimmerman are not Mississippi 8 members in other sports but were accepted this year for dance team because some of the conference schools don’t have this activity.
Zimmerman was a Mississippi 8 member until this year and usually placed second behind Rogers. Zimmermman is now when a member of the Granite Ridge Conference in other sports but the GRC does not have dance team.
Zimmerman also had a meet at Alexandria on Saturday where they placed fifth among 15 teams in jazz and 11th among 16 in high kick.
Rogers coach Megan David said the team has been performing well but competition is much keener this year.
Rogers has won the Mississippi 8 for several years but is now behind newcomer Cathedral, which has won two state high-kick titles. In sectionals, Rogers was a state qualifier in Class 2A the last two years but is now in Class AAA, and their section includes Maple Grove and Wayzata, who’ve both won multiple state championships.
Zimmerman coach Jenessa Kraus said that it’s been an exciting year especially with the JV program expanding to include high-kick for the first time.