Stevenson wins IHSA dance title; Lake Park, Geneva, Lake Zurich place

  • Geneva dancers celebrate as they receive the 2nd place trophy after the finals of the Class 2A IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday.

      Geneva dancers celebrate as they receive the 2nd place trophy after the finals of the Class 2A IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Lake Zurich High School dancers celebrate after finishing third in the Class 2A IHSA Competitive Dance state finals at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday.

      Lake Zurich High School dancers celebrate after finishing third in the Class 2A IHSA Competitive Dance state finals at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Geneva's Lily Karlson, holding the trophy, gets a hug from teammate Ashley Pended after they received the 2nd place trophy after the finals of the Class 2A IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday.

      Geneva's Lily Karlson, holding the trophy, gets a hug from teammate Ashley Pended after they received the 2nd place trophy after the finals of the Class 2A IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Stevenson High School dancers hold up their IHSA Class 3A state championship trophy in Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday.

      Stevenson High School dancers hold up their IHSA Class 3A state championship trophy in Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Stevenson dancers pose for photos after winning the IHSA Class 3A championship in competitive dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday.

      Stevenson dancers pose for photos after winning the IHSA Class 3A championship in competitive dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Lake Park High School dancers celebrate as they receive the 2nd place trophy after the Class 3A finals of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday.

      Lake Park High School dancers celebrate as they receive the 2nd place trophy after the Class 3A finals of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Lake Park High School dancers receive their 2nd place trophy after the Class 3A finals of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday.

      Lake Park High School dancers receive their 2nd place trophy after the Class 3A finals of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Mundelein performs in the Class 2A final round of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday.

      Mundelein performs in the Class 2A final round of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Geneva dancers performs in the Class 2A final round of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday.

      Geneva dancers performs in the Class 2A final round of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Geneva dancers perform in the Class 2A final round of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday.

      Geneva dancers perform in the Class 2A final round of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington High School performs in the Class 3A finals of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday.

      Barrington High School performs in the Class 3A finals of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington dancers perform in the Class 3A finals of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday.

      Barrington dancers perform in the Class 3A finals of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • York dancers perform in the Class 3A finals of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday.

      York dancers perform in the Class 3A finals of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin High School dancers perform in the Class 3A finals of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday.

      South Elgin High School dancers perform in the Class 3A finals of IHSA Competitive Dance at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Saturday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

 
By Mary Chappell
Daily Herald correspondent
Updated 2/1/2020 9:46 PM

The Stevenson High School competitive dancers were frozen in silence, waiting to hear which team won their division at the Illinois High School Association finals Saturday in Bloomington.

When "Stevenson" was announced, the whole team screamed. And soon they were carrying their state title trophy around the stage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The Lincolnshire school's team took the Class 3A crown with a score of 99.24. That put them ahead of other suburban schools, including Roselle's Lake Park High School, which finished second.

"It feels amazing to be a state champion," Stevenson senior Jorie Knysz said. " ... We started the season really rough, and this is just the most amazing thing I can think of."

Stevenson Assistant Coach Laura Moschel said the team placed second last year and has placed the past eight years -- seven times in the top three.

"We were super super excited and honored to be on that podium," Moschel said. "It was a super rewarding ending to our year, to our season."

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The Lake Park dancers also were happy with their finish.

"The team is ecstatic," Lake Park head coach Julie Cowhey said. "They had a fantastic season, and they ended up on the podium, which was the ultimate goal."

Cowhey said Lake Park placed third last year and also placed in the 2014 and 2015 finals.

Following Stevenson and Lake Park were Huntley High School, South Elgin High School, Barrington High School, Elmhurst's York Community High School, Bartlett High School, Naperville North High School, Gurnee's Warren Township High School and Aurora's Waubonsie Valley High School.

Smaller schools from the suburbs placed well in their divisions during the competition at the Grossinger Motors Arena.

For the 2A title, the Geneva Lady Vikings placed second with a score of 94.34, and the Lake Zurich Bears finished just behind them at 92.76, online results show. Deerfield High School placed first, with a final score of 94.50.

"We feel great," Geneva head coach Amy VanWagenen said. "We're super excited to bring home another trophy to Geneva this year."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Mundelein High School, Libertyville High School and Bensenville's Fenton High School placed sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Wauconda High School and Antioch Community High School took 11th and 12th places.

Geneva has been to the state competition for the past seven years and has placed in the top three each of those years, VanWagenen said. She said they brought an entirely new dance routine to the final this year.

In Class 1A, downstate's Centralia High School won the title with a score of 97.10. Aurora Central Catholic High School's team placed seventh.

• Daily Herald photojournalist Rick West contributed to this report

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