Gymnasts are wounded but hanging in there

Warrior gymnast Tara Solberg placed sixth on the bars with a 6.775 in the Wet Salem meet. Photo by Charlie Warner

By Diana Hammell
Argus Sports Writer

Caledonia-Spring Grove hosted West Salem on Thursday, Dec. 22. West Salem prevailed this night with a score of 129.625 to the Warriors’ 90.925.

Coach Jackie Johnson said that her girls tried their best to keep it together for this meet, as did all the coaches, because half of the team is walking wounded.

“We have 19 girls on the team and I have eight girls out with injuries,” said Johnson. Meggan Sheehan, Heather Solberg, Matison Scanlan, Alyssa Meyer, Emily Hahn, Abby Hoskins, Meggan Scanlan and Kaylee Cavanaugh cannot compete at this time. “Hahn, Hoskins, Scanlan and Cavanaugh all compete at Varsity; this left us with only four girls on bars, three girls on beam, vault and floor,” said Johnson. A full squad is having five girls on each event, with taking the top four scores to total a team score. I moved Cassidy Bauer up to Varsity floor and Mariah Stone to Varsity bars and Erin Schultz to Varsity

Sierra Hunter tied for fourth on the beam in the meet with West Salem. Photo by Charlie Warner

vault so I could get three girls on these events, leaving my JV team even shorter than normal.

“I am very proud of these three for stepping up and helping the team out, as they had no idea this was going to happen, nor did I until warm-ups. That is when I made the decision to take Cavanaugh out of the meet. She is strong-minded and deals with pain well and loves to compete, but there comes a time when you know the pain in unbearable. I could see it in her face that night when I asked her if she was all right; she said ‘yes I will be fine.’ I could tell she was not, and told her I think it is time to sit this one out. It’s a tough situation to deal with as a coach, and even tougher on the girls to see so many of their teammates out. I am hoping with Christmas break we can use this time to get a few of them healed up and ready to go before our next meet on Jan 12. The sport of gymnastics is a lot of wear and tear on a person’s body.”

On bars: Sierra Hunter third with 8.05, Skylar Schoh fifth with 7.15 and Tara Solberg sixth with 6.775.

Beam: Sierra Hunter tied for fourth with 7.25, Tara Solberg sixth at 5.45.

Floor: Sierra Hunter fourth 8.02 and Tara Solberg sixth 7.6.

Vault: Sierra Hunter fourth 8.35 and Tara Solberg fifth 8.1.

“Hunter had another good meet and placed fourth for All-Around with scoring 31.675. I believe this is her highest All-Around score thus far,” said Johnson.

Junior Varsity

West Salem 78.95, C-SG 25.45

“Due to moving girls around, we only had two girls compete on bars, floor and beam and had no JV vaults at all,” said Johnson.

Bars: Erin Schultz second 3.4, Jenna Dokken third with 2.9.

Floor: Mariah Stone second 6.35.

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