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Comps of the Week Recap: 2/10/24

The middle of February continues to deliver all the chaos the show choir community can handle!

Elkhorn South Crystal Cup Final Results

GC: Gretna “Revolution” (BV/BC/BB)

1RU: Millard North “Infinity”

2RU: Papillion-La Vista South “Titanium”

3RU: Millard South “South on Stage”

4RU: Millard North “Illumination”

5RU: Gretna “Evolution”

Gretna has now won best vocals and best choreography at all three competitions they have attended this year. Let that sink in. Also, Millard North has now beat Papio South twice head-to-head this year. Folks, gone are the days of Nebraska being dominated by the Big Four of Westside, Papio South, Millard West and Lincoln Southwest. Several groups are now on that S tier up from the A tier. Crystal Cup pretty much encapsulates Nebraska results from the year: A breakout group sweeps the competition, another upstart gets second, and a traditional power finishes third with a stellar show. Behind them, Millard South comes out as ‘best of the rest’ in what is one of their best results of the year, outperforming Elkhorn and Harrisburg to grab a spot in the evening round. Millard North Illumination and Gretna Evolution both beat those two groups and their entire divisions, respectively, with Illumination making finals for the first time since 2022 and Evolution nabbing the first finals appearance under the direction of Dakota Mathew.

Manteno Main Event Results

Championship 1st: El Paso-Gridley “Modulations” (BC) 2nd: Wheaton North “Flight” (BV) 3rd: Huntington North “Varsity Singers” (BB) 4th: John Hersey “OnStage” 5th: Peoria “Soundwave” 6th: Oswego “Commotion”

Festival 1st: Danville “Delegation” (BC) 2nd: Dwight D. Eisenhower “Express” 3rd: Herscher “Class Act” (BV/BC)

Single-Gender 1st: El Paso-Gridley “Hi Fidelity” 2nd: Huntington North “Viking Volume” (BV/BB) 3rd: Danville “Contemporaries” (BC) 4th: Danville “Executives”

Ah, nothing like a competition where no winning group takes more than one caption. Such was life on Insterstate 57 on Saturday, which saw interesting stories in all three divisions. Up top, El Paso-Gridley instantly became the hottest group in Illinois with a split-caption decision over Wheaton North, a perennial contender. For an Indiana small mixed choir, Huntington North held their own very well, taking the band caption and coming in over a stout John Hersey. In festival mixed, Danville and Eisenhower are both programs that have been in championship before that are finding success in festival. Single-gender saw another huge matchup, as the vaunted Viking Volume ran up against the upstart Hi Fidelity, who now has four straight wins in the single-gender division to their name.

Neosho The Sho Final Results

GC: Troy Buchanan “Express” (BV/BC/BB)

1RU: Jenks “Trojanaires”

2RU: Webb City “Singers”

3RU: Carthage “Soundwave”

4RU: Joplin “Touch of Class”

5RU: Joplin “Sound Dimension”

Troy doesn’t often venture down to southwest Missouri, but when they do, they come out with sweeps. Such was life at the inaugural The Sho. Jenks backed up a solid finals appearance at Troy with a very legitimate second place here, clearing the entire local field and putting the rest of their opponents on notice for the rest of the season. Of the local groups, Webb City came out as the best of them, scoring the final podium spot in what is shockingly their lowest placement of the year. Carthage rebounded nicely from missing finals at Troy with a fourth-place finish, and in what is becoming a not-so-uncommon occurrence, Joplin’s girls outscored their mixed in finals, with the program as a whole locking down the last two spots of the evening round.

North St. Paul Rock the North Final Results

GC: Hastings “Riverside Company” (BV/BC/BB)

1RU: Waconia “Power Company”

2RU: Bloomington Jefferson “Jefferson Connection”

3RU: Sauk Prairie “Executive Session”

4RU: Totino-Grace “Company of Singers”

5RU: Hastings “Dynamic Edition”

It took a little bit for the Riverside Company machine to get going, but it is rolling with full force now as Hastings picked up a clean sweep of Waconia in a rematch of Bloomington Kennedy Gold. While Power Company’s season may have ended without a win in its final competition, it is still a good mark in a great season overall. Bloomington Jefferson continues to be a solid low-A tier Minnesota choir, beating out Sauk Prairie and Totino-Grace, who contributed to make it a ‘Company’ party in finals. Hastings Dynamic Edition cleared both Altoona and St. Francis to take the last finals spot, something that would’ve been almost unthinkable a year ago. But here we are, as Dynamic has now made at least one finals round each of the past two seasons.

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