Dakota Valley competition cheer team

The Dakota Valley competition cheer team took 2nd place at the state tournament Oct. 22 at Brandon Valley. Pictured are, from front left, Annika Johnson, Bella Madden, Jozlyn Jones, Alexandra Parks, Jaden Hoffman, Ella Graham and Celine Bernard; and back, Bailey Lynch, Chloe Smith, Raelee Felix, Mia Lynch, Olivia Scardino, Madisen Bell, Finley Huber, Bella Strom and Coach Melanie Yakel.

Dakota Valley’s Cheer teem went up against 22 teams at the state championship Friday, Oct. 22 at Brandon Valley and came home with the silver. They were awarded 214 points.

First place went to Sioux Valley at 283.5. Winner Area was third at 212, followed by Deubrook Area and Dell Rapids St. Mary with 209, Bon Homme 208.5, Parkston 202, Dell Rapids 198, Wolsey-Wessington 192, Platte-Geddes 191.5, Gregory 184, Faulkton Area 179, Wagner 177.5, Elkton-Lake Benton 175.5, Hot Springs 173, Belle Fourche 166.5, St. Thomas More 164.5, Lake Preston 157.5, Custer 154, Redfield Area 152, Lyman 146 and Northwestern 130.