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Tigers win close meet at Ortonville

When Morris Area and Ortonville met earlier in the season, the Tigers won by nine 10ths of a point. On Monday, the score was even closer, with Morris Area coming out on top 111.85-111.25.

"The girls were very energetic and ready for the meet," said coach Trent Oberg. "I had a good feeling going into the meet. The varsity line-up is becoming more clear and consistent. That night was the closest to 'healthy' as we have been yet this season.

"Prior to the meet, seventh grader Shala Nyvold told me that she had a dream about this meet and the end result was the Morris varsity winning by one or two 10ths of a point," explained Oberg. "I knew it would be close."

Nyvold proved to correct with her prediction.

"We have really been trying to focus in practice on the basics - clean form, pointed toes, body position, expression, connections," said Oberg. "Some days you feel like a broken record, but that is what it takes - doing the best with what you have and where you are at."

As the season progresses the judges expect more and are more critical of the routines.

"Once the meet began it was evident that we were having a good night," he said.

Personal-best scores were being broken at every level and event.

"It was fun to watch the girls and see their excitement when their score was shown.

"Seventh grader Kourtney Giese continues to amaze us," added Oberg. "She has a great attitude and a lot of energy. She works hard and gives it her all when she competes."

Giese set new personal bests on each event she was in and took first place in the junior varsity all-around competition.

"Freshman Hailey Kotts has been improving a lot," Oberg said. "She has set some big goals for herself and has been willing to work hard toward reaching them."

Varsity Results

Cammi Aanerud placed second on vault, fifth on beam, second on floor, and second in All Around.

Kotts tied for third on vault, placed third on floor, and fifth in All Around.

Jessica Daly tied for third on vault and placed third on beam.

Rachel Moser took second on both bars and beam.

Paige Schieler placed third on bars and fourth on beam.

Personal bests and season bests were recorded by

Aanerud on bars and in All Around; and Kotts on vault, bars, floor and in All Around.

The varsity event total on vault, bars, and floor, and the varsity team total were also Tiger bests.

Junior Varsity Results

The Morris Area junior varsity also had a close meet, but fell short to Ortonville 92.500-88.350. Giese placed first on vault and bars, tied for third on beam, took third on floor, and first in All Around.

Abby Travis placed third on vault and took third in All Around.

Kendra Buro was fourth on vault.

Amanda Moser placed third on bars and tied for second on beam.

Michaela Jarvis placed fifth on floor.

Personal bests and season bests were recorded by

Shandi Hopkins on vault and beam; Amanda Moser on vault, beam and floor; Mickenley Nagel on vault; Buro on vault; Jarvis on floor; Paige Loew on beam; Emily Moser on beam; Travis on vault, floor and in All Around; Giese on vault, bars, beam, floor and in All Around; Grace Kruger on vault; Nyvold on floor, as well as the junior varsity event total on vault, beam, and floor, and the junior varsity team total.

"We need to put more focus on the bars and balance beam. The stops, spots, and falls are the biggest challenge - each receives a .5 deduction," explained Oberg. "With the Ortonville meets being so close, the gymnasts are realizing that everything needs to be clean and precise. Full turns on the balance beam (an event requirement) will be drilled a lot over the next several practices. Flow and connections will be the focus on the bars.

"With three meets remaining for the junior varsity, the gymnasts are closing in on the team total school record of 91.35," said Oberg. "I have no doubt in my mind that this record will be broken in the near future.

"Our varsity scores are moving in the right direction," added Oberg. "Our next 'hurdle' to get over is the 115-point mark. It's very attainable for us - I potentially see the 120-point mark by the end of the season, which has not been hit for several years."

On Thursday the Tigers host their final home meet of the season against Paynesville/Eden Valley-Watkins