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Tiger gymnasts fall to the Thunder

The Morris Area gymnasts were at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thursday, Jan. 14 where they were struck down by the Thunder 111.125-103.35.

The Tigers were coming off a win and season-high team total earlier in the week at Ortonville.

"LP-GE is a team that is within our reach," said coach Trent Oberg.

The Tigers will see them one more time at the West Central Conference Meet in February.

The Tigers were missing eighth grader Paige Schieler, who tweaked her foot on beam at Tuesday's practice.

"She's a solid three-event varsity gymnast," said Oberg. "Hopefully Paige will be back by the time we head into our tournaments."

It was a good night on the vault. The varsity achieved a season-high event score with Tiger gymnasts taking four of the five places.

"Body positioning and form are becoming more consistent," said Oberg. "We're working on raising the difficulty of the vaults, which in turn raises the starting value (score).

"Vault has been moving along nicely. Form and execution have become our main focus and the gymnasts are really starting to grasp those concepts. We have been trying some new tricks on vault as well that we hope to have mastered by sections. 

"We are working on adding some new tricks for sections on floor and bars, as well as mastering our beam routines so we can have five no-fall routines. "Overall, we are heading in the right direction. Every meet has seen improvements - we have not peaked yet. It is exciting as we are nearing the tournaments."

Freshman Hailey Kotts tied for fifth on vault and placed third on floor. Her scores on vault, beam, and in all around were personal bests.

"She is really focusing on the details in her routines - asking how to clean them up, where she can make improvements," said Oberg. "I have been really happy with her work ethic and desire to improve."

Junior Amanda Moser scored personal-best scores on floor and in all around.

"Amanda has really started to make some great strides on floor," said Oberg. "Her front tucks have been soaring and her form and execution of tricks has been steadily improving, giving her a new personal best on floor by nearly a full point."

Cammi Aanerud took first on vault and second on floor.

Rachel Moser was second on vault, second on bars, tied for third on beam, and finished third in all around with a personal-best score.

Jessica Daly was third on vault with a personal-best score and tied for third on beam.

JV Results

The junior varsity team finished short by only six points, falling to the Thunder 83.1-77.1.

Kourtney Giese was first on vault and tied for fifth on beam. She scored a new personal best on floor.

Eighth grader Abby Travis tied for second on vault, tied for fourth on beam, was second on floor with a new personal-best score, and finished third in all around.

"Abby had an impressive night," said Oberg. "Something has 'clicked' with her and we are seeing some great improvements in her routines and confidence."

Kendra Buro tied for fifth on vault and tied for fourth on bars.

Kindra Cannon placed first on bars.

Grace Kruger was fifth in all around with a new personal-best score. Her score on beam was also a personal best for her.

Mickenley Nagel's score on beam was a personal best.