WHS dance team settles for second
Tryouts to be held in March
By Greg Seubert
For the first time since 2012, the Waupaca High School dance team’s season did not end with a state championship.
The 18-member team competed Feb. 4 at the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches’ state competition in La Crosse.
The team, which has won 11 state titles since 2008 and entered this year’s competition at the La Crosse Center as the four-team defending Division 3 Pom champion, placed second behind New Berlin Eisenhower in Division 3 Pom and fourth behind Prescott, Onalaska and Eisenhower in Division 2 Jazz.
“It was a letdown and disappointing,” coach Amy Marcom said. “Everyone has expectations and we don’t want to let anybody down. The level of competition was tough in both of our divisions. Some of these girls have been dancing together forever.”
Team members include seniors Grace Koch, Mackenzie Morey and Hannah Nasberg; juniors Sydney Erspamer, Katie Schmidt, Bella Udoni and Hanna Waller; sophomores Eryn Butzin, Madie Gile, Allison Hansen, Sydney Hansen, Shyla Koshollek, Kali Revai, Eliana Stanchik and Maggie Stratton; and freshmen Alissa Reetz, Gabrielle Sullivan and Olivia Wachsmuth. The squad performed one last time together Feb. 7 at the Waupaca Learning Center.
“This team is one of the best I have ever coached not in talent, but in leadership, hard work and commitment,” Marcom said. “We feel the community is proud of us. There were all these people that drove all the way to La Crosse and it’s not just the parents.”
Tryouts for the 2017-18 team will be held on four days in early March and practices will get underway in June.