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Tiger gymnasts set the bar high

Team awards were presented to (from left) Savannah Aanerud - Most Dedicated, Abby Travis and Kassidy Fehr - Tiger Spirit Award, Kendra Jergenson - Most Improved, and Kourtney Giese - Most Valuable Gymnast.

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta gymnastics team recorded many individual accomplishments, as well as achieving several team goals, during the 2012-13 season.

The varsity Tiger claimed the second highest team score on record this season. The Tigers attained a season-high score of 122.325. The varsity school record is 125.825.

Meanwhile, the junior varsity set and reset the school record for team score with a 98.3.

“The number of season-high scores and personal-best scores was amazing,” explained coach Trent Oberg. “It was hard to even keep track of, as the scores continued to improve throughout the season.”

Seven gymnasts earned West Central Conference points this season, by placing at regular-season meets. That was the most Oberg has ever had.

“Every gymnast can be congratulated for that,” added Oberg. “Each girl was a part of the improvements.”

The Tigers had 35 girls on the squad, which Oberg believes could be the largest gymnastics roster in school history.

“(The numbers) created challenges and  space issues for practice,” explained Oberg. “Time on equipment was precious.”

According to Oberg, the situation required independent work and helping each other was critical.

“We as coaches saw a lot of potential and talent from the Tiger gymnasts,” said Oberg. “Many of the girls had trained over the summer or attended gymnastics camps. There was evidence of definite growth and improvement from the previous season.

“Through hard work, positive attitude, and team support, there were significant  improvements at both the junior varsity and varsity levels,” said Oberg.  “Each individual on the team can be credited with the growth this season.

“With the size of the team, we had great team depth.  There were more routines ready than we had space for,” explained Oberg. “We had to rotate gymnasts to give chances to each girl.  Thus,  we had inner-squad ‘push’ to work hard and be aggressive.  No spot was a given.

“We don’t take these decisions lightly.  A lot of thought and process goes into it,” added Oberg. “Our decisions are based upon what is best for the team.  It may not always be the highest scoring routine, but the effort, attitude, drive and determination the athlete shows are all considered.

“We as coaches were very impressed with the growth and depth of the team this season,” added Oberg.

The Moorhead Invitational was a turning point when the team scored 117.1, the Tigers’ highest score since 2004-05. The Tigers took first place in their division.

The West Central Conference meet was another highlight for the Tigers, as they scored their season-best team total.

The Tigers received a Gold rating for  their average GPA.  In order to qualify, a team must use 60 percent of its roster to find the team’s average GPA.  The Tigers used 21 gymnasts.  The average GPA of calculated out to be 3.872, which was the second highest GPA in the section.

Oberg credits his senior captains, Hailey Kotts and MicKenley Nagel, for providing leadership for the sizeable, young team.

Oberg appreciates the work put in by the gymnasts, as well as their parents and others that helped make the season a fun and memorable one. 

He also thanked Vicki Cannon and Lori Hansen for helping with the weight-room and conditioning supervision.