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Pewaukee dance team top in state

The Pewaukee Pirates varsity dance team took first place in Division 2 hip-hop on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Wisconsin Association of Pom and Cheer Coaches state championships in La Crosse.  Team members are (from left, front) captain Sybelle Gesman, captain Bailee Kussrow, Avalon Gerdman, captain Marisa Hager, captain Ali Kennedy, (second row) Ana Maria Viteri, captain Leah Vetro, Miranda Kozlik, Ali Snyder, Leah Thomson, Lucy Miller (third row) Ashley Martyniak, Natalie Worcester, Daniela Torres, coach Lisa Gerdman, Jessica Brothers, Sophie Barash, Taylor Buchberger, Bri Detlaff and Sarah Teschendorf. See their award-winning routine at www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Nha4fN6Y0.

The Pewaukee Pirates varsity dance team took first place in Division 2 hip-hop on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Wisconsin Association of Pom and Cheer Coaches state championships in La Crosse. Team members are (from left, front) captain Sybelle Gesman, captain Bailee Kussrow, Avalon Gerdman, captain Marisa Hager, captain Ali Kennedy, (second row) Ana Maria Viteri, captain Leah Vetro, Miranda Kozlik, Ali Snyder, Leah Thomson, Lucy Miller (third row) Ashley Martyniak, Natalie Worcester, Daniela Torres, coach Lisa Gerdman, Jessica Brothers, Sophie Barash, Taylor Buchberger, Bri Detlaff and Sarah Teschendorf. See their award-winning routine at www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Nha4fN6Y0.

Feb. 18, 2013

The Pewaukee High School varsity dance team took first place in its division for hip-hop dance at the State Pom and Dance Championship on Feb. 2.

This is the fourth year in a row Pewaukee's team has been a regional winner in Division 2 hip-hop, taking second place at state in both 2011 and 2012. Pewaukee was the state winner for Division 2 hip-hop in 2010.

Coach Lisa Gerdman said the success comes down to practice and preparation.

"We have been practicing since October," she said. "So we were really prepared, and we work really well together."

Senior choreographers Ali Kennedy, Sybelle Gesman, Bailee Kussrow and Marisa Hager were responsible for developing the winning routine and teaching it to the team, the coach said.

The team performs at all home football and basketball games and recently performed at Pewaukee's Winterball pep rally.

Gerdman said that the girls also perform at the boys basketball regional and conference games.

"If they keep winning, we keep dancing," she said.

Gerdman said the team will focus on developing its pom routine for next year. Currently, the team only brings a hip-hop routine to state.

But that might be tough, Gerdman said.

"My team is just a hip-hop team," she said. "They are just fierce, and they like to dance hip-hop."

Fans can watch the winning performance at www.foxsportswisconsin.com/pages/prepzone_stream.

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Ninth Annual Oconomowoc Rotary Wine & Brew Fest: 5 p.m. Feb. 28, Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Rd, Oconomowoc. Wine, food and beer. Features foods from the best of our local restaurants. Purchase tickets at $50 from an O-Town Rotarian, through Facebook, or in person at most area First Bank Financial Centre locations, Books & Company & Lorleberg True Value Hardware. See more at www.oconomowocrotary.org. $50.

Chili Tasting: 11 a.m. Feb. 28, The Garden Mart, W297 S9115 Highway 83, Mukwonago. Chili tasting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local vendors will be selling unique merchandise. Judging is open to the public and all proceeds from voting will be donated to the Mukwonago Food Pantry. Event is free. Call (262) 363-5252 for information.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash Literacy Event: 10 a.m. Feb. 28, Hartland North Elementary, 232 Church Street, Hartland. Families with children in 4-year old kindergarten through second grade are invited to a special event. The Cat in the Hat and the Lorax will celebrate with a big birthday cake for all of our guests along with lots of literacy activities based around Dr. Seuss books.

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