The Caledonia/Houston/Mabel/Spring Grove gymnasts came up less than two points shy of a road win Friday when they traveled to Pine Island losing to the Panthers 125.675-124.0.
Pine Island won every event with Siera McNallen claiming the all-around title with 36.05 points, but the Warriors then took the next three slots with Tara Solberg (31.675), Kaylee Cavanaugh (31.35) and Sierra Hunter (31.3) finishing 2-3-4. McNallen won the vault (9.075), bars (8.9), beam (8.75) and the floor exercise (9.325) to wrap up the all-around with Hunter placing second on the bars, Solberg placing second on the beam and Cavanaugh finishing second on the floor.
Coach Jackie Johnson said, “The varsity fought hard on all events coming up short of a win with only 1.675 separating the teams.”
The coach was especially fond of her team’s effort on the balance beam, which has been a struggle over the last couple seasons for the Warriors. “Tara Solberg had her first no fall routine of the season on the beam. It was exciting to see her put everything together. This event is our biggest struggle this season and if we can get all the girls to have no falls, this would add a few more points to our team total.”
The Caledonia junior varsity team also had a nice meet, scoring 99.05 points. “It was another great meet for JV. It is so nice to have a full JV team, and all the hard work these girls are putting in is paying off with JV wins. This was the second one for the season – so far we’re undefeated,” Johnson added. “Scoring 99.05 is great. Now that we have a full squad, I can see these girls putting up a team score over 100 this season.”
The Warriors have a full slate this week and hosted Byron Tuesday and then West Salem Thursday night at CHS. On Friday the team travels to Stewartville.
– Brady Ambrose