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Best meet of the season for Tiger gymnasts

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta gymnasts performed in Ortonville against the Big Stone Lake Area Thunder on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Coach Trent Oberg and coach Jodi Snell both had mentioned it was the best meet of the season for both JV and varsity.

“Their high energy levels and positive attitudes made for a fun and exciting meet,” Oberg said.

“It was hard to keep up with all the new personal bests being set,” Snell said. “The girls did an awesome job with their performances.”

Overall, the Tigers set 24 new personal best scores, three new season high event scores, and two new season high team scores--within reach of several new school records.

Junior Varsity

The JV gymnasts stormed past the Thunder of BSLA 97.25-83. The new season high team score is just 1.05 away from the school record.

The JV Tigers showed strong performances at the vault and uneven bars with both events recording new season high team scores. Individually, the Tigers swept the top five places in both events.

At vault, Katie Cannon received first place, Karli Siegel second, Diana Nelson third, Noel Schielf fourth, and Liz Golombiecki and Katie Giese tying for fifth to round out the top five.

On the uneven bars, all eight JV Tigers set new personal bests: Kindra Cannon, Golombiecki, Nicole Hansen, Ka. Cannon, Anna Grove, Lexi Hennen, Giese, and Reegan Sletten. Kindra took first, Golombiecki second, and Katie third. Hansen and Sletten tied for fourth, and Hennen placed fifth.

The JV balance beam had a rough night with falls according to coach Snell.

“We were not able to stay on the beam, so our scores were a little lower than past meets,” Snell said. “There are going to be nights like that and we will have to shake it off and move forward.”

Kindra Cannon received first place, Hennen took third and Grove placed fifth for the JV Tigers on the beam.

On the floor, Mackenzie Stahman set a new personal best. The Tigers nearly swept all top five finishes on floor. Ka. Cannon took first, Siegel took second, Kirsten Scheldorf third, and Katie Giese received fifth.

In all-around competition, the JV Tigers Katie Cannon and Katie Giese, had great nights setting new personal best scores while receiving first and second place, respectively.


The Tiger varsity squad had no troubles finding the victory over BSLA 124.525-106.025, setting a new season high team score that is 1.3 away from the school record.

“The Tigers were amazing, everything was clicking for us,” Oberg said. “Our focusing on the details–form, connections, finishes –had paid off!”

The Tigers swept the top three places in every event.

On the vault, Kendra Buro pulled a new trick and set a new personal best score. Kourtney Giese received first place, Kendra Jergenson second, Savannah Aanerud third, and Buro received was fourth.

“We are becoming more and more confident with our twisting vaults,” Oberg said. “The scores are solid and consistent, which we like to see. We are working on increasing the difficulty for a few of the girls.”

Aanerud was able to swing her way to a new personal best on the bars and received first place for her efforts. Giese took second, and Buro took third. “The judges look for connection and flow when judging,” Oberg said. “So we are working on rearranging some of the tricks in our bar routines to help us get the best score possible.”

According to both coaches, the Tiger gymnasts had outstanding performances on the balance beam. “The Tigers looked confident and graceful.”

Out of the five routines competed, the Tigers had only two falls. Three Tigers performed stuck beam routines: Kendra Jergenson, Savannah Aanerud and Abby Travis did not have any falls. For Jergenson, this was the third stuck routine for the season, Aaneruds’ second, and Travis’ first.

“It has been a long time since we have been that solid on the beam,” Oberg said. “It was impressive.” The Tigers efforts paid off with a new season high event score of 30.975, only .075 away from the school record. Jergenson took first, Aanerud set a new personal best and took second, Giese third, and Travis set a new PBS and finished fifth.

On floor, the Tigers posted some impressive scores as they continued to focus on the details of their routines. “We have seen a lot of improvement from these girls,” Snell said. “They are working hard and the scores reflect it.”

Giese set a new personal best and took first for her efforts, Jergenson followed with a second place finish, Aanerud in third, and Travis took fifth.

In all-around competition, the Tigers took first, second, and third places with Giese, Aanerud, and Jergenson, respectively. Aanerud set a new personal best score in all-around. Jergenson broke the 30 point mark (30.075) to set a new all-around personal best as well.

The Tigers are now 2 and 1 in West Central Conference action; currently tied for second place with Benson-KMS. The Tigers host the West Central Conference meet (including Benson-KMS, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Melrose Area, Morris Area, and Paynesville-EVW) on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1:00 p.m. in the Morris Area Elementary Gym.

Brooke Kern

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