YAKIMA - Although the Sunnyside Grizzly Dance Team didn't take home top honors at the 3A State Dance competition, they did not come home empty-handed this past Saturday.
Sunnyside, the defending State champions, placed second in the Hip Hop category, coming up short to Lakes High School from Tacoma by only one and a quarter points. The Grizzly Dance Team achieved 458.75 points out of a possible 500, earning the team a Superior rating.
"It was a very tough competition amongst the top three teams," said Sunnyside Coach Melodie Griffin. "We are a very young team. I'm proud of their achievement and the hard work they've put in this year."
Coach Griffin was also awarded the Coach of the Year Award for 1A/2A/3A schools by the Washington State Dance/Drill Coaches Association. The honor is voted on by other coaches.
All the dance and drill performances from the State Dance competition in the Yakima Valley SunDome are available to watch online at http://wiaanetwork.com.