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By Staff | Jan 12, 2020

Addison Armstrong performs on the vault during a meet earlier in the season. The Buc gymnastics team narrowly defeated Waseca 125.2-125.175 on Jan. 7 to claim their first victory of the 2019-20 season.

The Buccaneer gymnastics team is back at it after their winter break hiatus. The Blue Earth Area gymnasts recently competed in Waseca and came out practically tying for first with their opponent. BEA earned a team total of 125.2 points while Waseca earned 125.175 points.

“It obviously was a great meet for us,” says head coach Rachel Cole. “We tried a few new skills, some of them worked and some of them didn’t. We were ecstatic that we finally won our first dual meet. It was a close one and we were able to hit our season goal of 125 as well. We accomplished it with six girls of varsity, with several other girls that were out with sickness or injury.”

The head coach shares the team is still working on more new skills they hope to add into their routines in the near future and after their successful performance on Jan. 7, they are excited to get back to the practice gym to keep perfecting their new skills.

In varsity vault, Buccaneer Tailor Douglas earned third place with a score of 8.525, while Addison Armstrong was right behind her in fourth place with an 8.45. First and second place went to Waseca’s Emily Farley?(8.75) and Jordan Hofmeister (8.7).

Other Buccaneer vaulters include Haley Kalis (8.35), Sydney Blagg (8.1), and Jazmyn Lunz (7.775).

“Sydney attempted a new but familiar vault routine for the first time this season and that landed her about .3 points higher than usual,” says Coach Cole. “Tailor had a new vault routine which went well for her and she ended up scoring almost .5 higher than previous scores. Haley tried a new vault routine as well and even though it didn’t go as well as she would have liked it to, she still got a decent score.”

In the varsity uneven bar routines, second place went to BEA’s Addison Armstrong, earning a score of 7.9. She was the only Buccaneer to place in the varsity bar routines. Other BEA bar scores include Tailor Douglas (6.85), Jazmyn Lunz (6.725), Haley Kalis (6.7) and Lizzy Uecker (6.675).

On the beam, BEA’s Kalis placed second with an 8.2, while Armstrong followed in third with a 7.7 and Blagg in fourth with a 7.6. Other beam scores for BEA include Douglas with a 7.5 and Lunz with a 6.9.

“We didn’t really change beam too much,” says Cole. “We just stayed on it and only had to count three falls this meet.”

On the floor, Kalis tied for third with Waseca’s Sara Kummerfeldt with an 8.6 average. Armstrong also placed in the floor event with an 8.3. Other BEA floor scores include Douglas (7.975), Lizzy Uecker (7.725), and Lunz (7.45).

Addison Armstrong pulled out a win for the all-around category with a 32.35, while Kalis was in the top four as well with a 31.85. Douglas (30.85) and Lunz (28.85) were just shy of making the cut.

Triangular at


During a triangular meet held on Dec. 27, the Blue Earth Area gymnastics team were unable to beat out their combined competition of Stewartville-Chatfield who placed first at the meet with 126.350, and La-Crescent who placed second with 124.375.

“This was the first Saturday for holiday break, so we had a handful of girls that were not able to make it,” says head coach Rachel Cole. “We achieved our highest team score of the season, 123.00, with just seven participants.”

Cole says this was a new tournament for the Bucs, and for the coach and her team, it was nice to see some new competition as well as different judges.

“We were very evenly matched with these teams and overall we had a pretty relaxed competition,” says the coach.

The top five individuals on each event and in the all-around were recognized at the tournament and are as follows:

In varsity vault, BEA’s Haley Kalis placed second with an average score of 8.5, while teammate Addison Armstrong placed fifth with an 8.4 average.

Tailor Douglas?(8.175), Sydney Blagg (7.85), Jazmyn Lunz (7.55) also competed in varsity vault and were close to making the top five for the tournament.

Kalis also placed fourth in the tournament’s uneven bars by scoring a 7.575 average. Other Bucs who participated in the event include Armstrong (7.225), Douglas (7.025), Lunz (6.825), and Lizzy Uecker (5.55).

It was in the beam event where Kalis shined. What usually is the Bucs’ weak spot in competition, Kalis nailed first place with an 8.55 average. Other BEA beamers include Lunz (7.225), Armstrong (6.95), Blagg (6.875), and Douglas (6.4).

For the varsity floor competition, Kalis placed second with an 8.375 score, while Armstrong tied for third with Stewartville-Chatfield’s Destyni Mathey. They both averaged scores of 8.3 on the floor. Other BEA scores include Uecker (7.8), Lunz (7.35), Madison Dulac (7.25).

In the All-Around at this triangular tournament, Kalis duplicated her success to earn first place with a 33.0 combined average, while her teammate Armstrong placed fifth with a 30.875. Lunz was close to making the top five with a 28.95 average for the meet.

The girl competed in the Martin County West Invitational Tournament in Welcome on Saturday, Jan. 11.