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Tiger gymnasts open season with home invite

The Annual Tiger Invitational hosted by Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta was held Saturday, Dec. 10.

The varsity-only meet featured six teams: Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Frazee-Vergas, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, New London-Spicer, Ortonville/Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, and the Tigers.

The top three individuals received medals on each event: Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor Exercise, and All-Around. The top team received a trophy.

"We compete against these teams in dual meet settings throughout the season, as well as the tournaments at the end of the season," said Oberg. "This meet set the bar for us - a starting point for the season. As I told the girls, go out, be aggressive, and have fun. From here we will go up - improve. We will have a reference point and find out where we need to fix something in our routines. This also allows for the new gymnasts to experience a meet setting and watch how everything is put together and get some ideas for their individual routines.

"We as coaches were excited to see what the girls could do," said Oberg. "Especially Jodi - I had to wonder if we would have to hold her down. It was great to see the Tiger gymnasts perform. We were very proud of their showing and efforts.

"The floor exercise and vault are our two strongest events," added Oberg.

Three Tiger gymnasts placed on floor: Paige Schieler tied for second with a personal-best score of 7.7, Hailey Kotts received fourth place with a score of 7.55, and Kourtney Giese tied for fifth with a score of 7.5.

At vault, Giese received second place with a personal-best score of 8.6.

Other personal best scores were recorded by: Abby Travis in All-Around with a 22.45, seventh grader Noel Schieler debuted on bars with a 3.25, Paige Schieler on vault with a 8.25, Giese on bars with a 6.9 and in All-Around with a 29.1.

"We need to work on our upper body strength for the uneven bars. This event will also improve as the younger gymnasts learn a few more tricks - I can see a few strong bar 'swingers' in the group.

"For the balance beam - we need to stay on the beam," said Oberg.

"We lost 5.5 points in falls alone. Easier said than done. In practice, the routines were solid and flowing. Meet pressure, nerves - we need to work through them.

"We are pleased with our performances on Saturday and are excited for the remainder of the season. We have a lot of talent and potential in the gymnasts."

Team Results:

1st: New London-Spicer 119.75

2nd: Benson/K-M-S 117.875

3rd: Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 112.7

4th: Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 104.45

5th: Ortonville/C-G-B 102.65

6th: Frazee-Vergas 78.15