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Minooka record top sectional score in the state, wins Class 3A sectional

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 10:26 p.m. CDT
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The members of the Minooka competitive dance team, known as the Arrowettes, pose with their Morris Class 3A Sectional plaque after taking first place at the event. In fact, Minooka's team score of 92.60 was the highest of any team in the state Saturday.

MORRIS – While they were performing their routine to Lady Gaga’s “Scheibe,” the Minooka Arrowettes competitive dance team caught a vibe that they might be on to something good.

Dancing on a prayer and putting on a show tonight.

“During our routine, I knew we were absolutely killing it,” Minooka captain Kristina Sak said. “The energy from the fans and the energy we shared as a team during our performance was exhilarating.”

The Arrowettes were the seventh team to perform at the Morris Class 3A Competitive Dance Sectional .

“I could tell they were doing great ... but you never know what the judges are thinking or feeling about your vibe,” Minooka coach Cathy Gliwa said.

“From the reaction of the crowd, I could tell that our routine was going well, especially during the hardest parts of our dance,” Minooka captain Kennedy Kunz said. “Our team had a lot of energy and enthusiasm during this performance.”

Riding that wave, the Arrowettes recorded a team score of 92.60 and a sectional championship.

“By the time we got to the awards, I could only pray that all the hard work, dedication and endless hours of practice would pay off,” Minooka captain Haley McCabe said. “When they announced Minooka as first-place sectional champions, I couldn’t even cry because how in shock I was.”

A shock that really didn’t sink in until the team was celebrating on the bus ride home.

“My assistant, Melissa Warning, was looking up results on the way home,” Gliwa said. “First she said, ‘We got the highest score at our sectionals’ ... then she said, Wait, make that all of 3A’ ... then, ‘Wait! In the State of Illinois!’ The bus went up for grabs at that point.”

Now, the Arrowettes will be boarding a bus and head to the state competition for the first time Friday at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

“We are so thankful to be going to state,” Gliwa said. “The girls are beside themselves.”

Five other teams advanced out of the sectional in Class 3A including: Oswego (89.13), O’Fallon (87.73), Collinsville (86.50), Plainfield Central (85.33) and Plainfield North (85.27).

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