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Comps of the Week Recap: 2/4/23

Only one of this week’s four featured contests were won by a group hailing from the state the competition was held in. What a wild weekend!

Albertville Diamond Classic Final Results

*OE is Overall Effect caption

GC: Homewood “The Network” (BV/BC/OE)

1RU: Hoover “Paradigm”

2RU: Tift County “8th Street Singing Company”

3RU: Vestavia Hills “Singers”

4RU: Homewood “Continuum”

Homewood solidifies themselves as better than Tift County. Are they the best in the state? The de facto showdown will come this weekend, as three of Alabama’s biggest groups – Homewood, Auburn, and Enterprise – all square off at Opelika. Hoover emerges as top dog out of a stacked ten-choir middle mixed division and goes all the way to second place in finals. It is the first finals berth for Paradigm since current director John Kincaid took over the program in 2017, so keep on watch for Hoover to make more noise throughout the remainder of the season. Vestavia was third in middle mixed prelims and actually jumped Spain Park from last weekend to claim the last finals spot. When there, they jumped Continuum for the 3RU spot. In small mixed, North Paulding picked up the division win in its first ever competition, claiming the win over Tallassee’s mixed group.

Bettendorf Rhythm on the Riverbed Final Results

GC: Wheaton Warrenville South “The Classics” (BC/BB)

1RU: Naperville North “Entourage” (BV)

2RU: Liberty “Storm”

3RU: Davenport North “Northside Establishment”

4RU: Western Dubuque “5th Avenue”

5RU: Wheaton Warrenville South “Esprit”

Wheaton Warrenville South returns to its winning ways, but its probably closer than they would have liked. Naperville North grabs the vocal caption and places themselves solidly as a threat to win any competition they go to for the remainder of this year. Liberty has a nice run going for them, placing 5th, 4th and 3rd in the three competitions they have been to this year. They could very well go for 2nd or 1st next weekend at North Polk. Davenport North starts its season off in solid fashion, and Western Dubuque has perhaps its most impressive effort of the year. They (and WWS Esprit) make a finals field that excluded 4A group Muscatine as well as 3A stalwarts Center Point-Urbana and Wahlert Catholic. Esprit comes home with its second straight sixth-place finish and its fifth post-pandemic finals berth.

Joplin In The Spotlight Final Results

GC: Broken Arrow “Tiger Rhythm” (BV/BC/BB)

1RU: Neosho “Choraleers”

2RU: Webb City “Bella Voce”

3RU: Carthage “Soundwave”

4RU: Jenks “Trojanaires”

5RU: Webb City “Singers”

A month after it shook out in the middle of an incredibly stacked Ankeny Centennial competition, Broken Arrow drove into Missouri, performed, and drove out of Missouri with five total caption designs. They will for sure be back for Keller Central, and perhaps before then as well. Neosho checks in as the top Missouri choir, putting all in-state competition behind them, at least for this week. The western Missouri shakeup continues further down the results, with Webb City’s girls really coming into their own as a legitimate finals threat everywhere they go. Carthage scores another finals berth; they are two-for-two on the year. Jenks makes finals in their season debut, and Webb City’s mixed group secures the sixth position. Guess who’s missing? Despite winning the 4A division in prelims, Pleasant Hill did not qualify for finals.

Northrop Classique Final Results

GC: Findlay “First Edition” (BV/BC)

1RU: Loveland “By Request”

2RU: Carroll “Minstrel Magic”

3RU: Edgewood “Choraliers”

4RU: Homestead “Class Royale”

First Edition came in first place in its first competition of 2023. How’s that for repetition? They assert themselves as a dangerous player in the Ohio large mixed scene with a commanding win over Loveland, who already had a solid award record coming into this competition. Carroll rounds out the podium and takes the crosstown nod as the top Fort Wayne choir over Homestead, who rounded out mixed finals. Edgewood not only made finals but was not the last group to place, keeping small mixed groups out of finals. Womens finals was much the same story as mixed, with the finishing order going Loveland, Carroll, Homestead. Columbia City claimed a nice triumph in a crowded small mixed field, followed by Churubusco and DeKalb. While Churubusco is no stranger to small mixed followers, it is nice to see DeKalb placing more consistently again after their leadership change before the 2019 season.

As always, check back on Wednesday for this week’s edition of Comps of the Week!

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