Team fights food poisoning on the very night of the state dance finals
Sports teams are used to adversity. Injuries, eligibility issues and weather problems (see: all of December) are common setbacks, and as the Scappoose High School's Vision Dance team prepared for the state competition on March 21 and 22, it looked like all their bases had been covered.
The thing is, it's hard to prepare for the absolutely unexpected.
The morning of March 21 went as planned, but two members of the team started to feel flu-like symptoms, according to several team sources. The two dancers stayed with the team and competed with the rest of the group in their Friday evening performance, arriving back in Scappoose extremely late on Friday evening.
Early the next morning, when the team met at the high school, things seemed normal once again with the exception of two ill team members. Once they reached the Memorial Coliseum, though, things started to go downhill in a hurry. One by one, team members started to show signs of illness, and by the time they were scheduled to compete on Saturday evening, only four healthy dancers remained of the original 17.
But despite their sickly state, 16 of 17 dancers took the floor for the finals, just after 9 p.m. on Saturday night. With coaches and competition officials waiting just off the competition surface with biohazard bags, the feeling was considerably different from the previous evening, when Scappoose had finished atop the standings after the preliminary round.
It was a slightly different routine as well, with a few changes made to accommodate the weakened performers, and after a few minutes, the stress began to take its toll. One dancer was forced to leave the floor midway through the routine, and several others collapsed after the performance was finished.
The ill-effects bumped Scappoose down considerably in the standings to sixth place in the finals, finishing with 77.61 points, just over a point shy of the final trophy placement at the state championships.
4A/3A/2A/1A Team Scores:
1) Stayton, 91.31
2) Valley Catholic, 84.47
4) Marshfield, 80.56
5) Crook County, 78.86
6) Scappoose, 77.61
7) Astoria, 74.47
8) Philomath, 71.75
9) Molalla, 69.11
11) Amity, 65.61
12) Santiam, 64.61
13) Sweet Home, 64.58
14) Grant Union, 64.56
15) Bandon, 64.25
16) Portland Lutheran, 59.83