BEA falls to powerful JCC team
The Jackson County Central gymnastics team overpowered the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers last Thursday night. JCC won the meet held in the Bucs’ home gym in Winnebago, 137.65 to 122.35.
JCC outscored BEA in every event, winning the vault 35.40 to 33.075, the bars 32.475 to 29.225, beam 34.75 to 29.125 and floor 35.025 to 30.925.
“They are a powerhouse,” Buccaneer coach Melissa Storbeck says. “We knew we would not be able to even stay close to them. All we were going to be able to do is try and do our best. And the girls did.”
BEA was led by Chante Anderson who placed fourth in all-around with a 32.85.
Anderson highlighted the Buccaneers performance by snatching away a first place finish on the bars from the highly rated Huskies. She scored an 8.375, just edging out the second place gymnast from JCC who had 8.325.
Anderson also placed fourth on the beam with an 8.225.
Cassie Thompson was the only other Buccaneer to place. She was second on the vault scoring an 8.875. She was also fourth on floor exercise with a score of 8.3.
Thompson was second on the Bucs team in all-around, scoring a 31.375. Haley Resutek was the only other Buc gymnast to score in all-around with a 30.05.
“I was really happy to see how much some of our gymnasts improved tonight,” Storbeck says. “Kayla (Schaper) did a great job on the beam. Cassie (Thompson) was excellent on the floor and on the vault. And Chante (Anderson) did well to place in all-around.
For the second meet in a row, the Bucs were without one of their better gymnasts, Marissia Hagedorn, due to an injury.
The Bucs do not have any more meets now until January.
“We are going to spend the next couple of weeks working on some of our skills, having some fun in practice and getting healthy,” Storbeck says. “Then we are going to come out in January with a full squad and be so much better.“
The Bucs did not have a junior varsity squad competing against the JCC JV due to a conflict.
“Our eighth grade girls were performing in a middle school Christmas concert tonight,” the coach says. “So we did not have enough team members.“
Bucs fourth at invite
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer gymnastics team ended in fourth place at their own BEA Buc Invite Gymnastics Meet on Saturday, Dec. 10.
Austin won the meet with a score of 138. Jackson County Central was second with a 133.925. In third place was Martin County Area with 123.75. Right behind MCA was BEA with a team score of 122.85.
The only Buccaneer to place in any of the rotations was Chante Anderson. She claimed fourth place on the uneven parallel bars with a score of 8.125.
Anderson also had the highest BEA score on the balance beam with a score of 7.75. She was second for the team on floor exercise with a score of 7.575.
Cassie Thompson scored a 32 to top the Bucs in the all-around scoring, just missing placing in the top four.
Anderson had 31.375 all-around points for second place on the team, while Haley Resutek scored 30.425 and Kayla Schaper 27.4.
Thompson had the top BEA score on the vault with 8.4 and the floor exercise with a 7.9.
She was second on the team on the bars with a 7.6 and the balance beam with another 7.6.
The Bucs were without one of their top gymnasts, Marissia Hagedorn. She suffered an injury in the first meet of the year.
“Marissia is doing some rehabilitation and we hope to have her back in early January,” Buc coach Melissa Storbeck says.
The coach says the team looked at Saturday’s invitational as more of a practice meet for the team than a competition.
“We had better performances on the beam, which was great,” Storbeck commented. “We look forward to Christmas break to work on some more difficult skills and come out strong in January.”