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Dance team wins national title

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Pictured at a gathering after the event are, from left, Casie O'Connor, Candace Phillips, Katie Kenall, Monica DeLoy, Hali Bebault, Gretchen Hoehn, Bry Inman, Edie Bjerstedt and Kat Cameron. Submitted photo2 / 2

The Hudson Raidaires Dance Team won the Grand National Championship title at the UPA Americup National Competition on Feb. 22. The team competed with their jazz routine in the finals and Coach Amanda Fletcher said the team "beat many other prestigious squads for the title."

The Raidaires placed sixth with their pom routine and third with their kick routine. The team also placed third with their jazz routine at the State Competition in early February.

The Raidaires have completed their competitive season and will have a recital (open to the public) on Sunday, March 15 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

The squad includes, front from left, Kat Cameron, Edie Bjerstedt, Katie Kenall, Bry Inman, Monica DeLoy, Colleene Duley, Melanie Iverson, Taylor Kenall and Kelsey Anderson; second row, Reilin Weber, Ashley Lindemann, Katelyn Kluge, Becca Hiekel and Brooke Bolf; third row, Head Coach Amanda Fletcher, Gabby Gorman, Gretchen Pederson, Casie O'Connor, Candace Phillips, Gretchen Hoehn, Erin Schaeffer, Hali Bebault, Ashley Herink, Amber Krohn, Coach Kim Hoff and manager Jake Pittman. Not Pictured, Coach Heidi Shimon and manager Colin Huntington.

Raidaire individual honors

Hudson Raidaires Dance Team individual members also succeeded in individual competitions at the UPA Americup National Competition on Feb. 22 as well.

Katie Kenall placed fifth and Monica Deloy second in the Jump Challenge; Bry Inman placed third in the Kick Challenge; Kat Cameron placed ninth in the All American division; Gretchen Hoehn placed 10th in the solo competition and Monica DeLoy took ninth; A trio of Hali Bebault, Edie Bjerstedt and Katie Kenall placed 10th in the ensemble division; Candace Phillips and Casie O'Connor took fifth, and Monica DeLoy, Gretchen Hoehn and Bry Inman took second.

Several Hudson individuals also made the All State Dance Team. They were Edie Bjerstedt, Monica DeLoy, Colleene Duley (not pictured), Gretchen Hoehn and Bry Inman.