Gymnasts still scoring high

The Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston gymnastics team continues to score above the 120 mark as the season begins to wind down a little. On Jan. 15 the team traveled to La Crescent and on Jan. 18 they made the trip to Pine Island. Despite strong efforts, the team lost both meets.

At Pine Island the Warriors fell 126.9-123 when the Panthers Siera McNallan won three events and the all-around, finishing with 34.075 overall. Kaylee Cavanaugh placed second with 33.675 points. McNallan won the vault (9.2), uneven bars (8.35) and the floor exercise with a 9.025, while Cavanaugh won the balance beam with a score of 8.65 with Pine Island’s Sara Haskell placing second (7.85).

“We still continue to manage the 120s for varsity team score, and the JV also continues to stay in the 90s,” said coach Jackie Johnson. “So no complaints from the coaches. We love traveling to Pine Island and seeing new judges that we don’t see. They are always willing to give us advice on how to improve.”

Cavanaugh added a fourth place effort on the vault with an 8.325 as the Panthers swept the top three spots. Abby Hoskins placed fifth (8.25), and Tara Solberg and Sierra Hunter finished 7th and 8th. On the beam Emily Hahn placed fourth (7.4) with Hunter right behind her with a 7.3 with Solberg (8th place) and Abby Hoskins (10th) rounding out the Warrior team. Cavanaugh also placed second on the bars at 8.15. Hunter (7.65) was third with Solberg (7th), Skylar Schoh (8th) and Hoskins (9th) also placing.

On the uneven bars the Warriors took two of the top three spots with Cavanaugh’s second place effort and Hunter claiming third place with a score of 7.65. Solberg, Schoh and Hoskins placed 7th, 8th and 9th.

“We will be using that information to change up a few things in routines and see if we can continue to improve,” Johnson said. “Sections is right around the corner (Feb. 16 in Byron) and if we want new moves it is time to start getting them in our meets.”

On the floor Cavanaugh and Hunter placed third and fourth with Solberg finishing seventh, Hahn eighth and Abby Hoskins 10th.

On Jan. 15 the Warriors lost at La Crescent 131.5 to 124.225. “With only having one practice since the Holmen meet, the girls didn’t get much time to prepare for La Crescent,” Johnson said. “We have managed to keep our scores pretty consistent between these two meets, but did drop down a few points.”

Cavanaugh again placed second in the all-around with 32.35 points, while La Crescent’s Rochelle Thesing took top honors with 35.675 points. Sierra Hunter finished fifth in the all-around for C/SG/H with 31.8 points.

Thesing won the vault (8.7), bars (9.125) and beam (9.15) with teammate Haley Traun winning the floor exercise (8.8). Tara Solberg placed fourth on the vault to lead the Warriors. Cavanaugh placed second on the bars with an 8.025, and Sierra Hunter was third at 7.975 points. On the balance beam Hahn (7.825), Cavanaugh (7.5) and Hunter (7.4) finished 3rd, 4th and 5th but Johnson thought they could have scored higher.

“You never know from meet to meet what one judge sees compared to another judge, and we (asst. coach Dani Sauer) thought we were scored low on the beam. Emily Hahn put on a strong beam scoring the top score for our team 7.825.  We did drop a few points in this event from Saturday, but beam is a hard event to stay consistent on. We managed to take away a few more conference points from La Crescent this meet versus the last meet we had with them this season.”

Conference points are earned individually for taking the top 5 in each event. First place earning 5 points and second earning 4 and so on. The junior varsity also kept up with scoring in the 90s again.

“I can’t say enough how happy I am with the progress these girls have made.  Out of 22 gymnasts we have managed to get all competing except three, and I am adding one of them to the meet with Pine Island on Friday,” the coach said.

The next home meet for the Warriors is this Thursday, Jan. 24 against Byron. An away meet on Jan. 29 with Stewartville will be followed by the team hosting parents night on Feb. 5 against Holmen.


– Brady Ambrose