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Gymnastics: Tigers close out season at 8A

MAHACA freshman Olivia Lebrija begins her sprint toward the vault during Section 8A competition Saturday, Feb. 16, in Perham. Lebrija had an all around score of 30.75 to lead the Tigers. Robert Williams / Forum News Service

The Morris Area/Hancock/Chokio-Alberta gymnastics team closed out the season at the Section 8A meet Saturday, Feb. 16, in Perham.

The defending Section 8A and Class A State Champions Detroit Lakes provided immense energy in the gym, both in their performance and crowd support, MAHACA head coach Trent Oberg said.

“It was loud and intense, not something we were use to,” Oberg said. “It was a tough day for the Lady Tigers. Our confidence level was shaky.”

The weather played a major role in MAHACA’s confidence as the Tigers were unable to have practice consistently over the last several weeks because of school closings, Oberg said.

“With the weather, we were not able to continue our work on endurance and calming techniques for meet settings. (The section meet) was a meet for both to be used in full,” assistant coach Jodi Snell said. “This season has proven to be a challenge and yet, we as coaches are thinking of adjustments that can help strengthen our team for future winters by using our experiences over these past few weeks.”

The Tigers had one lone perfect beam routine. It was performed by Tasha Koehl and it was her fifth stuck routine of the season.

Taylor Kill set a new personal best on the bars with a 6.85. Her previous best mark was 6.7.

“It is a high pressure meet. Seven teams, state qualification for individual and team on the line, it’s nerve-racking,” Oberg said. “Although it was not our best meet of the season, we left it all out there. We are proud of what (our gymnasts) did and we are already making plans for the 2019-2020 season.”

The Tigers earned the Section 8A gold academic award announced at the section meet Saturday. The Tigers had a cumulative GPA of 3.908.

Snell was voted on by her peers as Section 8A Assistant Coach of the Year.

“A well-deserved award,” Oberg said.

The Tigers return their entire roster next season as they have zero seniors this year.

TEAM SCORING – (1) Detroit Lakes 152.325 (2) Perham 147.750 (3) Fergus Falls 134.900 (4) Alexandria 133.375 (5) Little Falls 125.450 (6) Park Rapids 123.325 (7) MAHACA 118.375

ALL AROUND – Lebrija 30.75, Kill 30.375, Snell 27.9

VAULT – Greta Schaefer 8.0, Callie Snell 8.15, Taylor Kill 8.2, Olivia Lebrija 8.5, Meghan Goulet 7.7

BARS – Schaefer 5.8, Snell 5.25, Kill 6.85, Lebrija 6.85, Goulet 5.15

BEAM – Snell 6.6, Kill 6.975, Lebrija 6.65, Valerie Messner 5.3, Tasha Koehl 7.75

FLOOR – Snell 7.9, Kill 8.35, Lebrija 8.75, Koehl 7.8, Goulet 7.3

Brooke Kern

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