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Comps of the Week Recap: 2/18/23

What a group of great choirs competing this past weekend! These four competitions definitely lived up to the hype:

Davenport Central Great River Show Choir Invitational Final Results

GC: Johnston “Innovation” (BV/BC)

1RU: Millard West “West in the Groove” (BB)

2RU: Prairie “The Ambassadors”

3RU: Noblesville “NHS Singers”

4RU: Mundelein “Sound”

5RU: Davenport North “Northside Establishment”

Time to fire up the ‘is Johnston a national power this year?’ conversation. Innovation hasn’t dropped a vocals or choreography caption so far this season. A matchup with Ankeny Centennial this weekend at Southeast Polk will be its biggest test to date. Millard West snatches the third major caption and has not placed lower than third since March 2019. Prairie comes home in third, giving Iowa two of the top three spots. Noblesville, while placing perhaps a little under where some people expected, still is a solid contributor to finals. Mundelein proved its mettle after going to a couple lesser-attended competitions, and Davenport North grabs the last finals spot to extend their finals streak to nine competitions. In doing so, they beat out Iowa City and Wahlert Catholic.

Homewood South Central Classic

GC: Petal “Soundsations” (BV/BC/OE)

1RU: Glenwood “Titan Fever”

2RU: Oak Mountain “Singers”

3RU: Auburn “Varsity Singers”

4RU: Northwest Rankin “The Ambassadors”

The more everything changes in the South, the more they stay the same. Clinton is still on top, and Petal is still right behind them. Competitions such as this one still run hours behind. Soundsations claimed their second sweep of the season, and they did it over an interesting cast of characters. Glenwood represented the Midwest well and come home with what is their best placement of the season. Oak Mountain debuted another Singers-esqe show with great vocals and complex choreography. Varsity Singers finishes fourth, their lowest placement at a Southern competition since Homewood in 2018 (also fourth). Northwest Rankin puts a Mississippi bookend on finals. It is a nice pickup for The Ambassadors, who beat out both Jackson Academy and Jackson Prep for the fifth finalist spot. Small mixed was the usual chaos, with Spain Park taking tops with no captions while Sumrall was second with vocals, Jasper was third with choreo and Albertville didn’t place while earning overall effect.

Omaha South Classic Final Results

GC: Mitchell “Friend de Coup” (BC)

1RU: Papillion-La Vista South “Titanium”

2RU: Westside “Amazing Technicolor Show Choir” (BV/BB)

3RU: Norris “Gold”

4RU: Elkhorn “Excel”

5RU: Fort Worth Southwest “Southwest Effect”

If you asked 500 people to predict the results of this competition, excluding captions, approximately zero would’ve given you this lineup. Throw the caption split in and it becomes crazier. Mitchell continues its hot streak, proving that its loss to Johnston was no fluke when coming out on top of this field. Titanium gets the best of ATSC for the second year in a row after doing so at Elkhorn South in 2022. To its credit, Westside extends its streak of Best Band awards to seven and still has nothing to be sad about. Norris places ahead of an Elkhorn group that has very quietly become a solid contender in the Nebraska scene this year. Fort Worth Southwest, after placing sixth at Mansfield Legacy on Thursday, grabs the last finals spot and comes home another sixth – which is a testament to how good Texas show choir is that there are five more groups that beat them in Texas. Sioux Falls Roosevelt was the lone major player to miss finals.

Waconia Star Power Final Results

GC: Bloomington Kennedy “Rhythm in Gold” (BV/BC)

1RU: Millard North “Infinity”

2RU: St. Francis “Bridge Street Singers”

3RU: Bemidji “Vocalmotive”

4RU: Sioux Falls Jefferson “Legacy”

5RU: Benton Community “Celebration Co.”

After not winning a competition since 2019, Bloomington Kennedy is now undefeated in three competitions so far this year. Their Moulin Rouge-themed set has bested Midwest titans from Onalaska to Bemidji to Waconia. Sophia Hanson and Saturn Jordan have also emerged as one of the top duets in the Midwest. Trekking north to Minnesota, Millard North rides an incredibly polished choral sound and a story show to first runner-up. St. Francis, after placing no higher than fourth last year, now has three podium finishes to its name in 2022. Bemidji lacked the vocal polish that other groups had, but still took fourth on the strength of their choreography. Sioux Falls Jefferson continues to roll on in its second year competing, and Benton Community scores one for the small schools and outlasts Bloomington Jefferson, Neenah and others to claim the last spot in finals with a gut-busting show about money.

Competition season continues nationwide in the final week of February – check back midweek for a preview of next week’s best competitions!

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