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Gymnasts victorious

By Staff | Feb 3, 2019

Hayley Kalis flies through the air during her floor routine at a recent competition. Kalis placed first in all four events as well as the All-Around as the Bucs defeated St. James on Jan. 25.

Blue Earth Area’s gymnastics team has another win under its belt for the season. As the Bucs hosted the St. James Saints in Winnebago on Jan. 25, the varsity and junior varsity teams dominated the day. The JV Maroon and Gold earned a total of 110.500 points to St. James’ 89.500, while the varsity team earned a solid 121.400 to St. James’ 105.550.

“JV had a good showing again,” said head coach Rachel Cole. “I was happy with our varsity performance as well. Rylan Storbeck is out with an injury so that was reflected a little in our team score.”

Cole adds the team’s bar scores were not quite up to par to the coach’s expectations after the past few meets has shown great improvement. She adds the beam event went well and overall, the Buccaneers had a good night and came away with a win.

In varsity, BEA’s Haley Kalis came away with first place in every single category.

For vault, Kalis vaulted away with an average score for the evening of 8.600, while teammate Addison Armstrong was right behind in second place with an average of 8.550.

BEA completely swept the uneven parallel bars category. In first place was Kalis with a 6.950 average score, followed by Arianna Nagel with an average of 6.900, in third was Armstrong with a 6.600 average, and Jazmyn Lunz earned fourth with a 6.400 average score.

Balance beam was no challenge for the Buccaneers, either. Kalis’s average score was 7.975, while Sydney Blagg of the Bucs earned third place with a 7.800 average, and Nagel placed fourth with a 7.650 average.

Floor routines were top notch as well, with Kalis (first, 8.225) Armstrong (second, 8.125), Adrianna Reddick (third, 7.325) and Elizabeth Uecker (fourth, 7.075) all placing in the top four of the category for BEA.

In All-Around, Kalis earned a total of 31.750, while counterpart Armstrong placed second with a 30.575 total.

Due to weather conditions, the Buccaneers’ Jan. 29 home meet against Martin County West and Mankato East has been postponed to Feb. 5, at 6 p.m.