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Gymnasts defeat Luverne

By Staff | Dec 23, 2018

Rylan Storbeck does the splits on the balance beam, above. Hayley Kalis completes her vault, left, and Izzy Walker jumps high above the beam, right. The gymnastics team won their first contest of the young season with a narrow victory over South Central Conference opponent Luverne. Kalis, Storbeck and teammate Addison Armstrong placed in the all-around category. Armstrong took second, Kalis third and Storbeck fourth.

“We had a great meet for both JV and varsity. It’s only the third meet of the season and we’ve reached our goal for both varsity (120) and JV (100),” says Blue Earth Area gymnastics head coach Rachel Cole. “Now we get to take some time over the Christmas break to reassess where we are at, set new goals, and continue to work on adding new skills to get us to those new goals.”

Though the Maroon and Gold gymnasts were unable to duplicate their success from their earlier meets, they still put their best foot forward in New Ulm on Dec. 18. The varsity squad earned 120.450 points at the meet against the Eagles (132.575), while JV earned 105.450 against New Ulm (125.450).

Vaulting into the competition was seventh grade varsity star Haley Kalis in fourth place with an average score of 8.500, while classmate Addison Armstrong earned fifth place with an average score of 8.325.

Kalis was able to duplicate her success in making the top five in the uneven parallel bar competition by placing fifth with an average point score of 7.400. Kalis was the only Buc to place in the uneven bars during this meet.

Sydney Blagg, BEA junior, placed third in the balance beam with an average score of 7.300, while senior Arianna Nagel placed fourth with an average score of 7.275 on beam.

The floor competition was hot and heavy during the meet against the Eagles, but Kalis held out as the only BEA varsity gymnast to place in floor. She tied for fifth place with New Ulm Eagle Autumn Gatzlaff, both averaging a score of 8.000 in the competition.

It was in the all-around that the Bucs dominated. Kalis earned second place with 30.850 points, Armstrong placed third with 29.225 points, and seventh grade varsity gymnast Rylan Storbeck placed fourth with 26.875 points for the evening.

BEA 118.325

Luverne 118.200

Chalk up the first win for the Blue Earth Area gymnastics team, and it was truly a nail-biting finish.

The BEA varsity team piled on a “W” for the Bucs, with a .125 point difference. The Luverne Cardinals earned a total of 118.200 points, but the Buccaneers earned 118.325 for the win.

The BEA JV team also beat Luverne by three points, earning 105.650 to their 102.250, but the good luck streak didn’t stop there.

Varsity all-star seventh grader Addison Armstrong dominated the meet, placing in the top four of every event, including all-around. Her teammate, Haley Kalis, also earned top scores in four of the five categories for the evening.

In vault, Armstrong placed third with an average score of 8.300, while Kalis placed fourth with an 8.250 average. Armstrong and Kalis duplicated their successes in the uneven parallel bars routine. Armstrong earned second in bars with an average of 6.950, while Kalis followed in third with an average score of 6.675.

As for balance beam, it was varsity junior Sydney Blagg who tied for first place with Luverne’s Madigan Flom. Blagg earned an average score of 7.600. Armstrong earned fourth place in the balance beam with an average of 7.050.

On the floor, it was Kalis who placed second with an average of 8.225, while Armstrong was right behind her in third with an average score of 8.000.

Armstrong and Kalis swapped placements for the all-around category with Armstrong taking second with an all-around total score of 30.300, and Kalis coming in third with 29.625. BEA’s Rylan Storbeck also placed in the all-around, tying for fourth with 28.225 points with Luverne’s Anna Huisman.

“We had an awesome night,” says head coach Rachel Cole. “The girls were very focused this meet, and I think having such a good night on Dec. 12, really helped amp up their enthusiasm.”