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Sparkles win at Stayton - Central Oregonian
February 6, 2014Crook County High School
“Our goals are just to keep improving our scores and grow as a team,” said Sparkles Head Coach Amada Estes. “Everyone in every division looked great. Teams are really stepping up their game this year.”
The defending Class 4A small division state champion Sparkles finished with 79 points Saturday at the competition, which was held at Stayton High School. Competing in the Class 4A large division, the Cowgirls finished two points ahead of second-place Gladstone, which finished with 77 points. Philomath finished third with 71.94 points.
Stayton, the defending Class 4A large division champions, performed an exhibition dance at the event, but did not compete for the team title.
Estes added that she was really pleased with how the Sparkles did because they are a young team this year.
“Our 14 dancers are made up of half veterans and half rookies,” she said.
The OSAA?has made several changes to the dance competition this year, and more changes may still be in the works. This year Class 1A through Class 4A teams will all be competing together at state instead of in separate divisions. It is still unclear whether or not there will be large and small divisions at the state competition.
“If we are combined into one division you will have Stayton, Valley Catholic, Marshfield, and Crook County, who all currently hold a state title, fighting for those top spots,” Estes said. “It certainly makes for a competitive season. The Sparkles won’t go down without a fight.”
The Sparkles are back in action Saturday when they travel to Tigard for their second competition of the year.