Cascade’s dance team performs its pom routine at the State Send Off, Dec. 1. Front from left, Erin Knipper, Samantha Recker and Lauren Johnson; second row, Addy Supple and Tessa Hill; back row, Lacie Cook, Lily Keenlance, Olivia Ries and Madeline Manternach.

Cascade’s 2019-20 dance team wrote another chapter in the program’s history of excellence at the Iowa State Dance/Drill TEam Association’s State Dance Championships, Dec. 5, in Des Moines, earning runner-up honors both pom and hip hop.

“The state competition went wonderful,” said Cascade coach Claire Brown. “The girls performed both routines the best they ever have, and most importantly, they had fun.”

After not competing last season, the Cougars — featuring dancers Samantha Recker, Erin Knipper, Lauren Johnson, Tessa Hill, Madeline Manternach, Addy Supple, Lacie Cook, Olivia Ries and Lilly Keenlance — showed they are back and as sharp as ever, totaling 360 points with their performance of “Champions.”

Pleasantville took first in Class VI Pom with 361.5 points. Behind Cascade were Underwood third (351), East Sac County fourth (338), South Hamilton fifth (338), Missouri Valley sixth (328), Treynor seventh (314.5), Sioux Central eighth (313.5), Colfax-Mingo ninth (312.5), MVAOCOU 1oth (311.5) and Wilton 11th (298.5).

Cascade’s 80s themed hip hop performance of “Safety Dance” featured creative moves and colorful costuming. The Cougars finished with 363 points overall to grab second.

Missouri Valley took top honors with a score of 369.5. Behind Cascade were North Union third (357), West Sioux fourth (341.5), North Cedar fifth (337), Iowa City Regina sixth (336), MV seventh (335), West Monona eighth (330), Tri-Center ninth (327.5), Bellevue 10th (325), Hinton 11th (323) and South O’Brien 12th (286.5).

“We are so proud of the girls,” said Brown. “Receiving two second-places is a huge accomplishment after not competing at state (last year).”

A fine performance in Des Moines isn’t the end of the road for these Cougars, as they will be heading to Florida in early 2020.

“Now we are on to preparing for nationals in Florida at the end of February,” said Brown.