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Wadena-DC Rhythmettes open season at Detroit Lakes

Wadena-Deer Creek's Kendell Oen, Katelyn Kallevig, Taliah Brown, Anna Osberg and Eva Baron perform their kick line. Robert Williams/Forum News Service1 / 3
Wadena-Deer Creek's Anna Osberg passes through the kick line during their performance at Detroit Lakes. Robert Williams/Forum News Service2 / 3
Members of the Wadena-DC Rhythmettes performed at the Detroit Lakes Invitational. Members of the team are pictured are, front row: Courtny Warren and Eva Baron. Second Row: Isabelle Larson, Kendall Oen and Anna Oberg. Back row, Katelyn Kallevig, Kaylee Ova and Taliah Brown. Robert Williams/Forum News Service3 / 3

The Wadena-Deer Creek Rhythmettes kicked off the new season when they competed at the Detroit Lakes Invitational on Dec. 1.

Wadena-DC head coach Beth Motschenbacher said the first meet is always a little anxious for everyone.

"The coaches are anxious because we want to see the scores and what needs improvement," Motschenbacher stated in an email. "The dancers are because this is their first go on an unfamiliar gym floor. For some dancers, their first ever dancing on a gym floor."

Motschenbacher added the nerves were on high mode until they actually touched the floor. She said everything they prepared for and what they knew fell into place once they touched the floor.

Wadena-DC finished fifth overall in its first event, while Bagley won the event. Frazee finished second, while Pelican Rapids was third in high kick.

The junior varsity team was the first team to perform and Motschenbacher said they put on their best facials and dancing that one could ask for from a young and inexperienced team.

"I couldn't have asked them to give anymore," Motschenbacher said of their performance. She added they did what they were told and if they did make mistakes, they were told to keep going and they did just that. They finished fifth overall.

"Now that the first competition jitters are a thing of the past, I expect them to be much stronger Friday night in Bagley for a Conference competition," Motschenbacher said.

The varsity team hit the floor with a mostly veteran team, with a few newcomers on the squad as well. Motschenbacher stated she was excited to see what they were going to bring to the floor. The team has been using a "We can do it" theme and it proved them right, according to Motschenbacher.

Wadena-DC posted their highest scores it has ever posted during the season's first competition.

"We know we still have a lot of work to do, but the girls are willing to put in the time to do," Motschenbacher said. "This is a great start and we know we can't sit back on our heels. We have to keep getting stronger."

The team was led by captains Courtny Warren and Kaylee Ova with newcomers Kendall Oen, Isabelle Larson, Kendall Godel and Katelyn Kallevig coming out strong in playing a key role.

The rhythmettes return to competition with a conference event in Bagley on Dec. 7.

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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