The MVC All Star’s first competition of the year, the UPA Challenge Cup, was held last Saturday at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. I was so grateful that all the MVC All Star teams were performing in the afternoon so that the road crews had time to clear all the snow away from yesterday (at my house we got 9.5 inches). Still expecting less than perfect road conditions I did allow myself extra time to get there.

(Anna with some of her teammates: Marissa and Morgan. They’ve got their “sparkle” on!)

After checking Anna in with her coaches and waiting for the rest of the team to arrive the adults realized that we had almost 2 hours without our kids before they performed. This was a big change from last year. So many of us headed across the street to the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch. I sat at a table with Lisa, Nadine and Laurie and enjoyed learning more about these other “moms” immensely. Back at the Target Center the teams performed in order from our youngest to our oldest teams.

The youngest team comprised of kindergartners and first graders is called the Sparkle team. They are too darn adorable.

The MVC Sparkle team ready to start their routine from center court.

The “Sparkle” girls during their routine.

The next team, the MVC Gold, is made up of second through fourth grade girls.

The Gold girls show off with strong, sharp arm positions.

Changing formations during the Gold routine.

Finally the group I was personally waiting for, the MVC Purple was on. I probably was more nervous than Anna. The Purple group consists of girls in the fifth through eighth grade.

Waiting to go on.

All I can say is “wow”. The girls performed so well. They were strong, had energy, hit their moves and kept on smiling.

Since the teams all performed in the afternoon it wasn’t long before we knew the judges results.

The MVC All Stars anxiously awaiting their scores.

Crunch, the Timberwolves mascot visited the team.

After some of the younger team members mobbed Crunch, he decided to get even by stealing one the girl’s pom poms. She ended up chasing him around the court in order to get it back.

The Sparkle team wins second place in their division!

The Gold team wins first place in their division!

And judging from Anna’s reaction…


Way to go All Stars!

Way to go Anna! I’m so proud of you.