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Tiger gymnasts host final home meet

The Morris Area gymnasts hosted parents' night on Jan. 21. It was the final home meet of the season against Paynesville/Eden Valley-Watkins. The Tigers lost 123.6-102.05 to an always tough team.

Coach Trent Oberg tried to get as many girls competing as possible while recognizing and thanking the gymnasts' parents.

With a large audience, it was a great time for the gymnasts to show off all of the things they have been working on in practice.

"It is fun to reflect on the before and after - where the girls were on the first day of the season to where they are at now," said Oberg.

It wa also a final chance for senior recognition.

Senior Shandi Hopkins is a first-time gymnast with no prior gymnastics training. It was also her first time being involved with a team sport.

"I have to admit, when I saw her name on the sign-up sheet this past fall, I was skeptical - not sure how this would work out," said Oberg. "Shandi proved me wrong. She worked her tail off and always wanted more.

"She has a great attitude and desire to learn," added Oberg. "Sometimes I had to hold her back on tricks that were not in her ability level.

"As I said that night, I wish that she would have come out years earlier."

The other senior on the team, Jessica Daly, has been part of the Tiger gymnastics team and program for many years.

"I can always depend on her when the going gets tough - she is confident and comfortable with the balance beam, not many are," said Oberg. "Jess is a strong individual that does not crack under pressure - I wish that I would have kept track of the number of routines that she has stuck over the years.

"We have been through a lot together - good and bad - injuries, successes, butting heads," he added. "I have learned a lot from her - she is not afraid to tell you what is going on. She has a desire to see everyone get the most out of the sport."

"I know that her next chapter in life will be a great success," Oberg said. "I am proud to be a part of her growing up."

"A lot of things are 'clicking' with the girls," added Oberg. "Routines are starting to settle in and the confidence levels are going up.

"Meets are fun and that really helps to keep everyone in positive attitudes and frames of mind.

"It is hard to believe, but the season is winding down."

The Tigers traveled to Frazee Thursday for their last dual meet of the season.

"We have our sights set on them," Oberg said before the meet. "Their scores have been very similar to ours.

"It would be nice to end the regular season with a win," he added. "The girls know it will be a close and exciting meet. No matter what the results are, we (the coaches) are proud of each and every gymnast and the accomplishments that they have made individually and as a team."

Varsity Results

Hailey Kotts stuck her varsity beam routine.

Cammi Aanerud took third on vault, fourth on floor, and fifth in all-around.

Rachel Moser took second on bars, fifth on beam, and fourth in all-around.

Daly finished fourth on beam.

Junior Varsity Results

The junior varsity team fell to Paynesville/EV-W 96.7-78.4.

Junior varsity has one meet left this season, Frazee, then the squad will be reduced to just the varsity gymnasts and alternates as we head into tournament time.

Abby Travis tied for fourth on vault, tied for third on beam, placed fifth on floor, and took third in all-around. She broke 20 in her all-around score with a new personal-best score. Her scores on beam and floor were also personal bests.

Mickenley Nagel competed all-around for the first time and placed fourth. She also scored a personal-best on floor.

Kourtney Giese placed second on vault and fourth on floor.

Paige Loew was fifth on bars with a new personal-best score. She also took fifth on beam.

Grace Kruger took fifth in all-around. Her score on bars and floor were personal bests.

Kendra Buro scored a personal best on bars.

Emily Ruether scored a personal best on floor.

Shala Nyvold scored personal bests on both beam and floor.