The Sartell Sabre dance team has once again kicked its way into state competition Feb. 13-14 at Target Center in Minneapolis.
At Sauk Rapids-Rice High School Jan. 31, the Sabres took top prize in the high-kick competition in the Section 4AA meet, beating out Cathedral High School, which in turn defeated Sartell in the jazz competition, putting Sartell at second place in that category.
Cold Spring Rocori took third in jazz, and Sauk Rapids-Rice placed third in high kick.
That means all four schools will advance to state competition.
At Sauk Rapids regional competition, 10 teams competed in the jazz category, and 12 competed in the high-kick contest.
At the state level, the Sabres won the high-kick competition in 2011. They took second in high-kick and third in jazz last year at Target Center. The Sabres, in the Class AA category, will compete for jazz honors Friday afternoon in Minneapolis and for high kick Saturday afternoon. Both dance contests are expected to start at about 2 p.m. on both days.
The Sabre Dance Team’s head coach is Kelly McCarney. Its captains are Miranda Garman and Katlyn Ramseth.