PIERRE — After solid performances in the early season, the Huron dance team took the team title Saturday at the Pierre Cheer and Dance Invitational.
Huron took first place, Pierre was second and Platte-Geddes was third in the dance finals.
Huron rolled to impressive wins in both the hip hop and jazz disciplines and added a solid fourth-place finish in pom to easily outdistance the host Pierre Lady Govs team.
The Tigers took the hip hop category with a 262-233 margin over runner-up Platte-Geddes, while in the jazz area, Huron’s 247.5 total easily downed Aberdeen Central, who was second with 207.5.
Rapid City Stevens won the pom category and Pierre took the dance discipline.
The cheer title was claimed by Watertown, with a total of 230.5, edging Aberdeen, who was second with 202. Huron’s 180 point total earned a fifth-place finish in the competition.
Unfortunately, despite the positive returns from Pierre, coaches Briana Heuston and Megan Smith have elected to pull their teams from this week’s scheduled competition in Yankton.
“We’re dealing with a series of small injuries and feel that right now, the best thing for the girls would be to take some extra time off and try to get healthier. Doing stunts and partner tricks with athletes who are injured only makes for more injured girls,” the coaches said in a press release late on Saturday.
The next scheduled event is the Brookings Invitational on Sept. 16.