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Comps of the Week Recap: 1/27/24

Bloomington Kennedy Gold Final Results

GC: Ankeny “Visual Adrenaline” (BC)

1RU: Waconia “Power Company”

2RU: Hastings “Riverside Company” (BV/BB)

3RU: Papillion-La Vista “Free Spirit”

4RU: Bloomington Jefferson “Jefferson Connection”

5RU: Ankeny “Perpetual Motion”

The highly-touted matchup across the top three groups in the field lived up to expectations and then some! While placements didn’t change at all from prelims to finals, there’s still a ton to take in here. For the in-state crowd, it’s that as of right now, Waconia is ahead of Hastings by as thin of a margin as one can get. Despite that, if this is the beginning of the Riverside Company season, their potential is also sky-high as well. Taking two of the three major captions against stout competition is definitely a successful first competition. Going to the top and bottom of the finals, Ankeny said hello to 2024 in a massive way. Visual Adrenaline shot straight up Interstate 35 to Minnesota and took home a big win and two finalist trophies. While Ankeny will not meet Ankeny Centennial at all this season, 2024 would’ve been the best crosstown matchups in a number of years. Additionally, Perpetual Motion cleared the prep division and beat Fort Atkinson for the last finalist spot, a very good sign for that program. Papio and Jefferson came out about where a lot of people expected them to be, and in the womens division, Hastings Dynamic Edition took home the division win, clearing a gigantic field.

Omaha Westside Competition of Excellence Final Results

GC: Johnston “Innovation” (BV/BC)

1RU: Papillion-La Vista South “Titanium” (BB)

2RU: Mitchell “Friend de Coup”

3RU: Omaha South “The Ambassadors”

4RU: Grand Island “Ultimate Image”

5RU: Papillion-La Vista South “Titan Radiance”

The Innovation bandwagon is leaving the station, get on now before it’s not too late! Despite a later start to their season than planned, Johnston showed no signs of slowing down from a phenomenal 2023 season. Not all wins are created equal, and beating Papio South and Mitchell has to be one of the more quality wins out there. Titanium and FDC still came home with consolation prizes, as Inno took Best Ballad, Titanium took Best Opener, and FDC took Best Closer. Based off that split, the margin between the top three can’t have been that much. Behind them, Omaha South beat Grand Island for the fourth spot and Papio South’s Titan Radiance came out on top of the rest of the field to take the sixth finalist spot. Several groups popped off in the womens division, with St. Thomas Aquinas taking second, Marian taking third and Mercy taking fourth.

Tallassee Capital City Classic Results

Large Mixed: 1st: Auburn “Varsity Singers” (BV/BC/Show Design), 2nd: Homewood “The Network”, 3rd: Opelika “Ovations”

Middle Mixed 1: 1st: Vestavia Hills “Singers” (BV/BC), 2nd: Tift County “Eighth Street Singing Company” (Show Design), 3rd: Hoover “Paradigm”, 4th: Lakeside “Soundsation”

Small Mixed 1: 1st: Oxford “Sound” (BV/BC/Show Design), 2nd: Helena “High Frequency”, 3rd: Chelsea “Out of the Blue”, 4th: Pell City “Showstoppers”

Womens: 1st: Homewood “Nexus” (BV/BC), 2nd: Auburn “Elan” (Show Design), 3rd: Tift County “Ladies Choice”, 4th: Opelika “Impressions”

Mens: 1st: Tift County “Tiftosterone”, 2nd: Auburn “Men at Work”

Auburn is back! Homewood is back! Tift County is back! All three are applicable reactions following the conclusion of the Capital City Classic. At the top, Auburn returned to their winning ways that they have become accustomed to at Tallassee. Save for a Tift County win in 2020 and a Homewood win in 2023, Auburn has won the contest every year since 2015. While the jury is still out on The Network for this year, it is clear that Auburn came to play. The same is true for Vestavia Hills, who beat out ESSC for the win in Tift’s first middle mixed comp in a long time. Small mixed isn’t too much to write home about, as Oxford continues to be the class of Alabama in that division. Homewood’s big triumph of the day came in the womens division, pulling off what many consider to be an upset over Auburn Elan. It’s the first non-covid time since 2015 that Nexus beat Elan. Tift County won out in the mens division, breaking a Men at Work win streak in mens divisions that stretched to… Tallassee in 2020, when Tiftosterone claimed the win. While Enterprise and Spain Park were late drops that could’ve added to the chaos, Tallassee still left everyone with plenty to talk about.

Lincoln East Spartan Spectacular Final Results

GC: Lincoln Southwest “Resonance” (BV/BC/BB)

1RU: Millard West “West in the Groove”

2RU: Pius X “Spectrum”

3RU: Norris “Gold”

4RU: Elkhorn South “Blackout”

5RU: Sioux City East “The Headliners”

The sky is falling! Lincoln Southwest has won all three contests they’ve entered this year with their Chicken Little-themed show. Groups they’ve beat include Millard West (here), Wheaton Warrenville South (UNL), and Millard North (Gretna). Rez’s three wins in 2024 is the most this season of anybody in the country, and we’re not even out of January yet! Their two remaining comps will be their toughest: a showdown with Papio South and Ankeny Centennial at Norris and the bloodbath that is the Wheaton Warrenville South Choral Classic. If this is it in terms of wins for Resonance this year, they have all been well-earned. Another standout from Spartan Spectacular was Pius X. The infusion of Edgar Estrada as director and Braxton Carr as choreographer ahead of 2023 has done wonders for Spectrum, who has gone from an afterthought in the Lincoln show choir scene to a very solid midtier group. Beating Norris is no small feat these days! Of course, competing five minutes away from school always helps. Elkhorn South and Sioux City East are both groups that have been a little streaky these past couple seasons, and it’s hard to tell whether Elkhorn South is fading and Sioux City East is starting slow or if this is just where their shows will land this year.

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