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BEA competes at MCA invite

By Staff | Jan 21, 2018

Blue Earth Area’s Melissa Hagedorn tries her best to defy the laws of gravity during a recent gymnastics meet. Following her second place finish in balance beam competition against Windom, Hagedorn placed fifth in the vault at the Martin County Area Invite on Jan. 13. She ended the evening in a tie with Jackson County Central’s Haley Tvinnerieim as both competitors registered an average score of 8.8 in Fairmont.

The Blue Earth Area gymnasts have had a busy, busy schedule. The girls from BEA competed against Waseca on Jan. 12, then against Martin County West on Jan. 13, and finally against Worthington this past Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Last Tuesday, when the Buccaneer girls went against Worthington, the Bucs’ home floor advantage helped with their average score, bumping them up to a team total of 118.5, but that was not enough to help them produce a win against Worthington’s team total of 141.125.

First, second, and third place in the beam event and floor event was relinquished to Worthington. The visiting team were also able to sweep the vault category as well as the uneven parallel bars.

In all-around, Melissa Hagedorn’s consistency throughout her events helped her to achieve third place with a total of 30.85 points.

MCA Invite

On Jan. 13, the Bucs packed their bags and visited the Fairmont area for the Martin County Area Invite. Teams from BEA, MCA, Luverne, and Jackson County Central came together to compete during the Saturday invitational.

JCC?was the big winner at the meet, earning a total of 140.200 points. MCA’s varsity team placed second with 131.500 points, while Luverne came in third with 127.175 points. BEA stayed in their usual range of scoring, which kept the team consistent with other meets, earning 117.700 points for fourth place.

In the vault category, BEA’s Melissa Hagedorn tied for fifth with JCC’s Haley Tvinnerieim with an average score of 8.8. First place went to Brooklyn Schuett of JCC with an average of 9.150, second place was earned by MCA gymnast Sabrina Segar with an average of 8.950, and third place was earned by Meghan Witte, of Luverne, with an average of 8.925.

For uneven parallel bars, balance beam, and floor exercises, Blue Earth Area was unable to place.

BEA v Waseca

When the Bucs visited the Bluejays on Jan. 12, they put forth tremendous efforts in a multitude of ways during the meet. Though Waseca was able to earn first with their team score of 127.775, BEA picked up 115.775 team total points.

During the vault competition, senior Melissa Hagedorn brought her all, earning third place with a score of 8.625. First place went to Shelby Wolff of Waseca with a score of 8.975, while second place went to her teammate CiCi McNair for a vault score of 8.650.

In the bars category, Hagedorn earned third place again with a solid score of 7.0. Chloe Mansfield of Waseca earned second with 7.550 and Hannah Petry of Waseca took first with a score of 7.950 on the bars. Adrianna Reddick of the BEA home team was very close in coming in the top three as her score for bars was 6.50.

In beam, the varsity Bucs were unable to place first second or third, which went to Petry, McNair, and Wolff of Waseca. BEA gymnast Sydney Blagg was just shy of beating Wolff for third with a score of 7.225 to Wolff’s 7.775.

With floor routines, BEA’s Haley Kalis was able to place third with a score of 8.50. Waseca’s Petry placed first with a score of 9.05, while teammate McNair earned second for the Bluejays with a score of 8.70. BEA’s Hagedorn was right behind her teammate Kalis, with a score of 8.30.

In all-around, Hagedorn kept momentum, earning third place with a total of 30.975 points. Teammate Kalis earned fourth with 29.200 points, and Arianna Nagel of the Bucs earned fifth with 26.375 points. First place was earned by Waseca’s Petry with a total of 34.025, while her teammate, McNair, earned second with a total of 31.450 points.

After a week of rest, the girls from Blue Earth Area will hit the road for their next meet against the St. James Saints. This competition will take place on Friday, Jan. 26.