Recap: Starettes dance to a strong start

The Monticello Starettes entered this season with mixed expectations.
“The team was nervous [early in the year],” said Coach Bree Suter. “We lost a lot of seniors.”
But despite losing a good group of seniors, they brought back plenty of talented dancers and a couple of great leaders in Lynn Nieman and Monica Maher.
Expectations were raised early in the year when the dance team scored a second-place finish at their home invite, averaging a score of 53 points, a score that put them right near where they finished last season.
“It was definitely exciting to see how strong we started out the season,” said Suter.
Unfortunately for the Magic, the waters got a lot rougher after the season opening meet. Monticello was forced to deal with numerous cases of sick and injured dancers throughout the year.
“We had a lot of setbacks,” said Suter. “We kind of plateaued, but I don’t think that’s anything to be disappointed in.”
While Monticello didn’t see their scores rise as they may have liked during the year, Suter said they were able to build on a lot of things that will help the relatively young team in the future.
All of the technique work that the girls put in didn’t go completely unnoticed this year either. The Starettes were rewarded for their work with a second place finish in kick, in jazz and overall at the conference meet at the end of the season. Perennial powerhouse Rogers won the meet, while Big Lake and Buffalo finished behind Monticello.
For their efforts, Neiman, Maher and Morgan Dahlke were all named All-Conference. Emma Doebler, Kayla Gilles and Lia Frucci earned Honorable Mention honors for Monticello.