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Morris competitive dance team wins own sectional

Published: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 9:05 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 9:06 a.m. CDT

The Morris competitive dance team won its second straight IHSA sectional on Saturday, topping the field in Class 1A to head up six teams that will advance to state next weekend.

"This is honestly the most amazing win. I feel like we really have transformed as a team from the beginning," Morris senior captain Molli Aldrich said. "We've worked so hard and to have this experience with my team in my last year is so emotional."

The Redskins finished first to Fieldcrest who was second in this year's Morris Sectional. The locals had a team score of 84.70 to 83.40 for Fieldcrest.

"Very exciting. Especially to win on our home floor makes it even better," Morris coach Becky Struck said. "We had so many fans here who came out to support us and we are thankful for them because that helps the team with their energy. The girls rocked an excellent performance and I could not be happier."

Six teams advanced out of each class with Clinton, Normal University, Mahomet-Seymour and Knoxville also advancing from Class A.

Junior captain Peighton Shannon said that the team simply fed off the home crowd.

"I'm really, really excited. We talked about energy before and that energy is unforgettable," she said. "I definitely felt the pressure since it was here because I knew that our fan base was going to be really strong and it was."

In Class 3A action, Minooka finished first ahead of Oswego. The Indians had the best score of any team in the field with a 92.60 while the Panthers had 89.13. Also advancing from Class 3A were: O'Fallon, Collinsville, Plainfield Central and Plainfield North.

Troy Triad was the 2A title winners. It ended with 87.40 points. Also also advancing to state were: Normal Community, Washington, DeKalb, Chatham Glenwood and East Peoria.

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