High school cheer and dance: Brookings Bobcats cheer team earns first-place finish at Huron Invitational

The Brookings competitive cheer team celebrates after winning the title at the Huron Invitational in Huron on Tuesday night. The Bobcats finished 10.5 points ahead of second-place O’Gorman. (Courtesy photo)

HURON — A busy month for the Brookings competitive cheer and dance team continued as they took part in the Huron Invitational on Tuesday night.

The Brookings cheer team took home first place at the invitational while the dance team continued its season-long improvement while taking part in its fourth competition in the past 13 days.


The cheer team took home the title with a score of 266.50 on Tuesday night despite having a five-point deduction for a delay in their music. Had it not been for the delay, Brookings would have had a season-high score of 271.5 points which would have been 11 points higher than their score at Saturday’s competition in Brookings.

“We are slowly closing in on our top competitors,” Brookings head coach Hanna Siemonsma said. “[We] are closing the gap between ourselves [Sioux Falls] Jefferson and Harrisburg. If we weren’t over our time limit, we would have had a season-best and had a major improvement on how we fared on Saturday.”

The Bobcats earned a score over 90 from all three judges and their team score was good enough to defeat O’Gorman, who had a score of 256 points. Watertown finished in third place with 226 points, Mitchell finished in fourth place with 218.50 points and Yankton finished in fifth place with 211 points.


The Bobcats continued to show improvement on Tuesday night as their overall team score of 236.25 was good for sixth place but it also was a big jump from their performance at the home invite on Saturday afternoon.

Brookings saw a 14.5 increase in their pom score of 236.5 and a 19.5 point increase with their score of 236 points in hop hop. Together, Brookings saw a 17.25-point increase in their overall score while placing sixth in pom and seventh in hip hop.

“This was a smaller competition, but we had big results,” Brookings dance coach Julie Engebretson. “Dance put in some serious work in one practice during homecoming week and I couldn’t be more proud of their dedication and focus.”

Up next

The Bobcats will return to action with a meet at O’Gorman High School in Sioux Falls on Sept. 26 and will wrap up the regular season with a meet in Mitchell on Oct. 5.