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Saints top the Bucs in gymnastics

By Staff | Dec 15, 2019

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Blue Earth Area gymnastics team went up to St. Peter’s Gustavus Adolphus College to bring their best to contest against the St. Peter Saints. And, though they were unable to bring home the W, the small but mighty varsity team are headed in a good direction.

St. Peter’s team score of 128.0 was not to be topped by BEA’s close race with their team total of 119.325.

“I thought overall things went pretty well,” says head coach Rachel Cole. “We had a few more falls on beam again this time and a few falls on floor we had to count, but we had a good performance on vault. We finished with a higher team total than the last meet, so things are headed in the right direction.”

Varsity beam supreme Sydney Blagg tied with St. Peter’s Makayla Moline for a first place finish with an average score of 8.050. Second and third place both went to St. Peter. Haley Kalis was just shy of third with a 7.150 average, while Addison Armstrong and Jazmyn Lunz both averaged a 7.0 in beam. Amarrah Harris averaged a 6.3 for the meet.

BEA vaulter Haley Kalis earned second in the event with an average score of 8.625. St. Peter’s Bella Edmonds earned first with an 8.75. Other vault scores include Addison Armstrong (8.3), Tailor Douglas (8.0), Lauren Survis (7.5), and Sydney Blagg (7.2).

Kalis was able to duplicate her success in the floor event. She placed second tying with St. Peter’s Kaylee Moreau with an average score of 8.4. Buccaneer teammate Armstrong placed third in the floor event with an 8.375. Other BEA varsity floor scores include Alicia Machacek (7.125), Lizzy Uecker (6.7) and Lauren Survis (6.175).

In the uneven bars, BEA’s varsity players were unable to place in the top three. St. Peter’s Audrey Kennedy earned an average of 7.85 for first place, while teammate Bella Edmonds placed second with a 7.6, while third place went to St. Peter’s Moline, who averaged 7.45. Uneven bar scores for BEA’s varsity include Addison Armstrong (7.2), Haley Kalis (6.85), Tailor Douglas (6.7), Jazmyn Lunz (6.35), and Lizzy Uecker (5.4).

As for varsity All-Around scores, Kalis placed third for the meet with a score of 31.025. St. Peter’s Anna Klatt placed first with 31.575, while Bella Edmonds of St. Peter placed second with 31.525. Armstrong came close with an All-Around score of 30.875.

In junior varsity, though BEA does not have a full team, averaged a team score of 46.35. St. Peter’s JV team score was 110.8.

Taylor Douglas brought a second place win to the BEA JV gymnastics team in the beam event with an average score of 7.6. She tied with St. Peter’s Kerrigan Wilking, while BEA teammate Lauren Survis placed third with a 7.0 average in the beam event. Lizzy Uecker just about placed at the meet with a 5.9.

Jazmyn Lunz placed third in the JV vault event with an average score of 7.8. Her teammate Lizzy Uecker earned a 7.0 average on vault.

In JV bars, Lauren Survis was unable to place, but still earned an average of 4.7 for the meet. The JV floor event was tough for BEA as well, with no one placing in the top three, but BEA’s Lunz came incredibly close with a 6.35 average.

Be sure to bring your Buc pride and support to the Blue Earth Area school, at the elementary school and Pemberton gyms, this coming Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. as the flexible, bendable gymnasts of BEA host Jackson County Central. The next time BEA will host at home will be Jan. 14.