State tournament guide: Prep madness starts before March

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  • Updated: February 12, 2014 - 6:57 AM

“March” Madness, what a misnomer. Local sports fans know the madness gets loud well before the calendar says March. And around here this year, the action will be going strong right up through April 12, the night of the NCAA Frozen Four final. Two months of March Madness, buckle up. The high school sports blitz brings us many madness highlights every year, and the tournament season opens today, with skiing champions being crowned up north. Many more champions will follow. Here’s your road map to the best story lines.

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tmulrichFeb. 12, 14 9:15 AM

Really we mention skiing, but dance doesn't even get a line?

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mlwasikFeb. 12, 14 5:56 PM

Another complete fail by the Star tribune sports staff, there is a MSHSL sanctioned state tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14th and 15th at the Target Center. It is called the MInnesota State HIgh School dance tournament. Would suggest the 15,000 to 20,000 spectators expected for the event immediately cancel their subscription to the Star-Tribune. A total of 36 teams in 3 different classes will compete for state titles on Friday in Jazz, then Saturday in kick. I guess I can rip up that Star-tribune renewal notice and just get real news from the MSHSL.org site.

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meekamooFeb. 12, 14 8:26 PM

I cannot believe that nobody at star trib has updated this article yet to include the dance team tournament this weekend! Unbelievable.

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reallymomFeb. 12, 14 8:31 PM

Really? You have lost a suscriber! My daughter is just as much of a prep athlete as any of those mentioned above. She will be competing in the State Tournament this weekend as a dancer. I am so tired of this group of girls being left out. They practice just as hard, if not harder, than any other athlete. My daughter practices 22+ hours a week, not counting competitions and the time she spends practicing on her own. I really thought when you ran the article on dance that you got the messager. Shame on you.

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chef24Feb. 12, 14 8:46 PM

Hopefully the Pioneer Press will make a better decision about covering dance team than you did Star Tribune! You still have time to redeem yourself by covering the event this weekend. Interview the dancers, coaches and parents.Observe the tournament and really find out what it takes to be an ATHLETE on dance team!!!!

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mamabear1987Feb. 12, 14 9:06 PM

After the really nice article last week, the strib blew this . Too bad as these girls practice harder and longer hours than most hockey players do during their season. Dance hard this weekend girls! Show them all what you are made of!

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condonllFeb. 12, 14 9:14 PM

You just published a story last week about how dance team does not get the respect it deserves, yet you completely leave them out of the State Tournament guide! I can't believe you and all media outlets continue to leave this sport out of the news. Guess what? Our dance team is the only sport in our school that has made it to state this year. Please consider adding the State Dance Competition to this guide!

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dance12Feb. 12, 14 9:42 PM

Really, you can't even mention anything about Dance competition for this weekend...It is a state recognized sport by the MSHSL. Maybe you should also...Try coming to a practice for dance once see if you can handle it. I won't be buying your paper if you don't start recognizing dance and reporting on it...very poor writing I might say

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abridgesFeb. 12, 1410:23 PM

You missed one State Tournament! Dance Team was the 2nd highest grossing Girls’ state tournament and produced the 6th largest overall revenue for MSHSL State Tournaments in 2013. Winter Dance Team is a competitive sport, governed by a set of rules and criteria set forth by the MSHSL, formal coaches & officials annual rules meetings; uniform, music, routine guidelines enforced; minimum/maximum team rosters; two disciplines practiced (high kick and jazz); compete in invitationals, conference meets, sectional meets, and the State Tournament. There are more than 20 conferences around the State that have a Conference Competition for dance team. Each conference has a set of by-laws approved by participating schools Athletes participating in Winter Dance are eligible for varsity letters and other comparable awards such as All-Conference, All-Tournament and All-State; head coaches and officials are certified in the same manner as other sports; and team selection is based upon athletic ability. It's sad for the Star Tribune to have missed the boat, but it doesn't surprise me. Dance in Minnesota doesn't need your approval or your permission. We ROCK. And we will do it with or without you - just as we've been doing for the past 40 years. In the meantime, we'll keep working hard and waiting for a chance to show you all about... THE STATE OF DANCE.

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dtofficialFeb. 12, 1410:41 PM

It is truly disappointing to see that the MSHSL State Dance Team Tournament is not mentioned in this article. As a ten-year MSHSL Dance Team official, I can assure you that this is most definitely a legitimate State Tournament, with tens of thousands of fans and intense competition. Although the judges are assessing the routines from the suite level rather than calling the shots on the court, the purpose is the same. By failing to mention this incredibly popular State Tournament, it feels as if the commitment the coaches, athletes and officials dedicate to this sport is seen by the Star Tribune as nothing more than hobby. I have attended every single State Dance Team Tournament since 1992...as a little girl who dreamed to compete their someday, as an athlete who made that dream come true, as a fan and now as a judge. This is not a hobby...this is our sport and it is just as important to us as hockey, basketball, wrestling, etc. are to those involved in those sports. I hope you will recognize your error in this article and republish with the correct information for all winter MSHSL athletic championships.

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