Buc gymnasts win two
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer gymnastics team traveled to St. James last Thursday night, and came away with a win – 131.375 to 128.075.
“We struggled with the way the judges were scoring some events,” Buc coach Sandy Oswald says. “But overall we did fine.”
Blaire Zierke led the way for the Bucs, scoring a 34.10 in all around to take second place overall.
Julia Meyer was right behind with an all around score of 33.425, good for third place. Cassie Thompson took fourth in all around with a 31.725 score.
Zierke finished in first place in the floor exercise with a score of 8.925. She finished tied for third on the vault with 8.825.
She was also third on the beam with a score of 8.35 and third on the bars with an 8.0 score.
Meyer was first on the beam with an 8.65. She was second on the bars with a score of 8.1, and tied for third on the vault with 8.825.
Thompson took top honors on the vault with a big 9.075 score.
Christina Anderson claimed the fourth spot on the beam, scoring an 8.05. Marissia Hagedorn took third in the floor competition with a score of 8.65.
The win kept the Bucs with a perfect 3-0 record in the South Central Conference.
This week the Bucs host the New Ulm Eagles on Friday in Winnebago.
“New Ulm is always one of the top teams in the conference,” Oswald says. “We are going to have to do our best, and not leave anything behind.”
Last year the Bucs handed the Eagles a rare loss.
Another meet on the schedule, Tuesday at Martin County West, had been cancelled.
“We will meet up with MCW-Fairmont at an invitational meet on Saturday, Jan. 16,” Oswald says. “So we cancelled the one set for Tuesday.”
BEA falls to JCC
The Buccaneer gymnastics team posted one of their better scores — 133.375 — but it wasn’t enough to pull out a victory against the Jackson County Central Huskies last Tuesday night.
The Huskies total was 138.9 to claim the win in the Winnebago gym.
Blue Earth Area’s best event was the floor exercise, where they scored 34.125 to JCC’s 33.8.
Marissia Hagedorn took first place in the event with an 8.8. Cassie Thompson was third with an 8.525 and Blaire Zierke was fourth with 8.525.
On the bars, Julia Meyer took second place with an 8.6, and Zierke was right behind with 8.55 for third place. The Bucs tallied a 33.325 score, just short of the Huskies’ 33.475.
BEA’s only other placement came in the vault, where Thompson took second with a 9.075. The Bucs scored 35.25, just behind the Huskies’ 35.5.
BEA was swept in the beam, getting 30.55 points to JCC’s 36.125. Top scorer for the Bucs was Zierke with a 7.95.
The Bucs also failed to place in all-around, as the Huskies took the top four spots. Zierke was the leader for BEA with a 33.775 score.
The Bucs were without one of their gymnastics team members.
Junior LaNay Walker suffered a back injury in a snowmobile accident over the Christmas vacation break, and was scheduled for an MRI exam last week.
Next up for the Bucs is a home meet in Winnebago against New Ulm on Friday.
BEA defeats St. Peter
That is what the Blue Earth Area gymnastics team showed in a meet against St. Peter on Jan. 8.
The Buccaneers won the meet 130.725 to 106.55 over the Saints.
BEA tallied an impressive set of numbers in each event.
The Bucs took the vault 35.45 to 31.40, the bars 30.60 to 20.20, the beam 30.20 to 26.40 and the floor exercise 34.475 to 28.55.
In addition, the Bucs took the top three spots in all-around.
Blaire Zierke was first, with a score of 34.15. Julia Meyer was second with 34.15 and Cassie Thompson was in third with 32.075.
The vault and floor were the Bucs best events.
Thompson took first place in the vault with a 9.075. Zierke was second with 8.95, Meyer third with 8.875 and Marissia Hagedorn fourth with 8.55.
Zierke was first in floor with a 9.05, Meyer second with an 8.625, Thompson third with 8.55 and Hagedorn fourth with 8.25.
On the parallel bars, Meyer was first with an 8.30.
Zierke took second scoring a 7.9 and Thompson was fourth with 7.65.
On the balance beam, Zierke was first with 8.2 and Meyer was second with a 7.9. Coming in fourth was Hagedorn with a 7.3.