The Detroit Lakes dance teams swept the Mid State Conference meet in both varsity and junior varsity competitions for the first time in program history Friday, Dec. 13 in Aitkin.

Prior to the season, things like the conference results were second to team unity, according to head coach Britton Ramsey. For the Lakers to be successful, Ramsey noted hard work and team chemistry would be instrumental in positive results.

That strategy with an experienced team has the Lakers on a strong and undefeated start to the season.

Friday, Detroit Lakes backed up up both varsity wins at the DL Invite to start the season in early December.

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The Lakers were awarded four rank points with a distinct nod from the judges on first place. The second place Rangers scored nine in jazz and 8.5 in kick.

Pequot Lakes finished third in jazz and fourth in kick and Aitkin was fourth in jazz and third in kick.

Crosby-Ironton was second to DL in junior varsity kick and third behind the Lakers and Pequot Lakes in jazz. The DL B jazz team placed fifth.

The Lakers have one competition remaining in 2019 at Willmar Friday, Dec. 20.

Willmar will provide a look at some of this year’s Section 4AA field.

Of the 10 teams in action, half will be from the section in Albany, Alexandria, St. Cloud Apollo, Detroit Lakes and Foley.

Of the five teams, Apollo had the top finish at sections last year placing fifth in both events. Detroit Lakes was seventh in jazz and ninth in kick.

Mid-State Conference Dance

Jazz: 1 Detroit Lakes 4 rank points, 2 Crosby Ironton 9, 3 Pequot Lakes 11, 4 Aitkin 14.

Kick: 1 Detroit Lakes 4 rank points, 2 Crosby Ironton 8.5, 3 Aitkin 8.5, 4 Pequot Lakes 14, 5 Pine River-Backus 20.