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The Kossuth Game Day Dance Team followed their 2020 state title with a close second place finish this season. The competition took place on Dec. 10 at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson.

KOSSUTH – Jackson has been a good place to be for Kossuth High School recently. The Lady Aggies Cheer Team captured the 3A State Title at the Mississippi Coliseum on Saturday, Dec. 11 adding yet another championship trophy to the KHS trophy case.

However, one day earlier the Kossuth Dance Team competed at the same venue for the state title in that particular sport.

After capturing the state gold in Dance last December, the Lady Aggies left everything on the floor again this year hoping for a repeat.

They ultimately settled for second behind 6A Biloxi, and by a mere .04 points.

Kossuth was the only 3A team in the competition where they went up against the best 4A, 5A and 6A squads in Mississippi.

“After we won last year (over D’Iberville), I told our girls we were gonna have to step it up a notch because the competition gets better every year and we couldn’t rest on the fact we won last December,” said head coach Wendy Kelly, now in her ninth year in charge of the Kossuth Dance Team. “It’s like I always tell our girls ‘there’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance’. Our goal was to go to Jackson, leave everything on the floor, and leave it in the hands of the judges. We did that and as it turned out we finished a very close second to Biloxi (96.6-96.2). D’Iberville finished third this year just behind us by around the same close margin.”

The Kossuth Dance Team competes in the Small Varsity division where the teams are comprised of 12 girls. Some of the larger schools, which have a much larger pool of girls to chose from, also compete in the same division while the rest compete in the Large School division.

“Just for instance, Corinth ( a 4A school) competed in the Large School Division while Tishomingo County (also 4A) competed in the Small School division. And then schools like Biloxi (6A) competed in Small School. The point is, it is very difficult for schools our size to compete and win even in the Small School division because we are going up against much larger schools with more girls to select from,” said Kelly.

The veteran coach’s team began a rigorous workout and practice schedule the first week of June to begin preparing for their recent state performance. The team choreographer, for the second consecutive year, was Courtney Powell out of Memphis.

“It takes a lot of dedication and hard work for the girls to get ready to perform at the level they just did a couple of weeks ago,” she continued. “Many of them are multi-sport athletes with severe restrictions on their time. But the girls that were selected for the team – 16 in all – all knew when they tried out what was expected of them. We practiced pretty much every day and some Saturday’s might be an all-day practice. But they gave us all they had and the best they had to give. I am so proud of what they have accomplished. And even though we finished second this year, we were happy with that because of the sheer number of teams from all classifications we were competing against as well as knowing we did all we could and left it all out there on the floor. As coaches we can’t ask for more than that.”

Kelly’s State Runner-Up Dance Team will try again next year for another state championship knowing they will return all but the two seniors on this years squad.

“We are built for success,” she said in conclusion. “We hope to continue the recent success we have enjoyed and we will continue to work hard to be even better next year.”

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