Notebook: State dance team meet is this weekend

Eastview looks to continue successful run in High Kick

Eagan won the Jazz Division title at the Section 3AAA dance team competition and is one of several local schools that will send teams to this weekend’s state meet. Photo submitted
Eagan won the Jazz Division title at the Section 3AAA dance team competition and is one of several local schools that will send teams to this weekend’s state meet. Photo submitted

Several local dance teams – including two of the most successful programs in Minnesota high school history – will put their talents on display at this weekend’s state meet at Target Center in Minneapolis.

Eagan, Eastview and Burnsville are among the qualifiers for the Class AAA Jazz Division competition, which will take place Friday. Eastview, Eagan, Burnsville and Apple Valley advanced in the High Kick Division, which will have its competition Saturday. Eastview is seeking a third consecutive state championship in High Kick.

Eastview won Section 1AAA championships in High Kick and Jazz, as well as the South Suburban Conference championship. The Lightning has been a state dance team power for a decade with six High Kick championships since 2004. Eastview has been third in Jazz at the state meet the last three years.

This is the 17th year the Minnesota State High School League has run the dance team competition (previous state meets were run by the Minnesota Association of Dancelines), but Burnsville’s history in dance team dates to the 1975-76 school year, when it placed fifth in High Kick. Burnsville has been to state in that division every year since, with the exception of 2010-11. The school’s High Kick teams have won 10 state championships.

Eastview and Burnsville have dominated High Kick the last 15 years. Since 1998, each school has won the state championship six times.

Eagan qualified its teams through the Section 3AAA meet. The Wildcats won a section title in Jazz for the first time, winning a tiebreaker against Forest Lake and Spring Lake Park.

Eagan will compete in the Class AAA Jazz Division preliminaries at 2:05 p.m. Friday. Eastview will compete at 3:25 and Burnsville at 3:55. After the preliminaries, the top six teams will advance to the finals, which take place at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

In Saturday’s Class AAA High Kick preliminaries, Eastview competes at 2:45 p.m., Eagan at 2:55, Burnsville at 3:35 and Apple Valley at 3:55. The finals begin at 7:15.

1,000-point club

Two more local players recently reached the 1,000-point milestone for their high school basketball careers.

Eastview sophomore Madison Guebert scored her 1,000th career point during the Lightning girls basketball team’s victory over Rosemount on Feb. 5. Guebert, the Lightning’s leading scorer, reached the mark in fewer than two full varsity seasons.

On Tuesday, Apple Valley senior Jaryn Pipkins reached 1,000 career points in the Eagles’ 67-51 victory over Burnsville. Pipkins last week signed with Dartmouth College to compete in track and field.

Gymnastics sections

Eagan High School is the site of the Section 3AA gymnastics meet at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Eagan, Rosemount and Farmington are teams from the Sun Thisweek area in the field.

Park of Cottage Grove is the highest-ranked team in the field at No. 6 in Class AA. Rosemount is eighth and Farmington is 16th. The team champion will advance to the state meet Feb. 22 at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. Also, four qualifiers in each of the four individual events, plus the top four in the all-around, will go to the state individual competition Feb. 23, also at the Sports Pavilion.