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Gymnasts lose close one to Windom

By Staff | Feb 2, 2020

The Blue Earth Area gymnastics team headed to Mankato to take on Northfield, Mankato West and Mankato East on Tuesday, Jan. 28, and without one of their pivotal players, Haley Kalis, who was out with an injury, the competition was a little stiff for the Bucs.

Northfield left the meet with 143.875 points for first place, while Mankato West followed in second with 139.575, Mankato East in third with 138.95, while BEA earned 121.6 points for fourth.

“The other teams are just very good,” said head coach Rachel Cole. “We did not have Haley as she is out with an injury, and it just wasn’t a great night but it was not our worst performance either.”

Cole says the bars were tricky for the Bucs that evening and floor and beam routines were a little shaky as well.

On the vault, Addison Armstrong was the leader of the Buccaneer pack with an 8.750 average followed by Tailor Douglas who averaged 8.475. Alicia Machacek averaged a solid 8.1 while Sydney Blagg and Jazmyn Lunz both averaged a score of 7.850.

Parallel bars were a bit of a challenge for the Bucs this time. The highest average score for the gymnasts was 7.700 coming from Armstrong. Douglas averaged a 7.025, while Lunz averaged a 6.650. Lizzy Uecker averaged a 6.700 and Lauren Survis brought a 6.775 to the table.

The balance beam was another feat for the young gymnastics team they were hard up against. Blagg brought in the highest average with a 7.900, with Armstrong averaging a 6.950, and Lunz averaging a 6.875. Douglas earned a 6.700 average while Amarrah Harris chalked up a 5.050.

Armstrong lead the Buccaneer scores on the floor, though she was unable to place in the competition. She averaged an 8.400 with Douglas and Machacek tying for a 7.850 average. Uecker marked a 7.700 average score for the meet, and Lunz took a 7.300 average for the day.

In All-Around, Armstrong again was unable to place at the meet, but tallied a solid 31.800 for the day. Douglas earned an All-Around score of 30.050, while Lunz earned 28.675 points.

The BEA?gymnasts took on New Ulm at Blue Earth on Friday, Jan. 31. The results of that meet will be in next week’s edition of the Faribault County Register.

Windom 124.075,

BEA 123.8

When the Blue Earth Area Buccaneers took on the Windom Area Eagles during a recent gymnastics meet on Thursday, Jan. 23, the Bucs were hoping for a win. Though the young gymnastics team did not win, they gave tremendous effort at the meet with a final score of 123.8 to Windom’s 124.075.

“With school being cancelled and us not having practice the Wednesday before this meet, I wasn’t sure how things would go,” says head coach Rachel Cole. “We had a great night on vault and floor, as we saw a few more personal bests. However, it was probably our weakest beam performance of the season. Typically, we have a couple of girls hit their routines and a couple that do not. We did not have anyone hit and we counted six falls which is at least three points; you add in the missed connections from those falls and we’re looking at about 4 to 4.5 points that we lost on beam alone. Obviously, the girls were disappointed with their performances and losing a close meet, but they know what they need to work on in order to get their score back up.”

But it really was not all bad news for the Bucs.

In varsity vault, Haley Kalis placed first at Windom with an average score of 8.7, while teammate Addison Armstrong came in second with an 8.625 average. Third and fourth place went to Windom Area. Jazmyn Lunz (7.7), Sydney Blagg (7.9) and Tailor Douglas (8.35) gave their best but were unable to place in this event.

Douglas did have success on the bars however, earning second with a 7.5 point average, while Armstrong placed fourth with a 7.275. Lauren Survis (6.875), Lunz (7.0) and Kalis (7.2) were unable to place in the parallel bars.

First and second place went to Windom Area for the beam event, but Armstrong took third for BEA with a 7.25 average score and teammate Douglas followed suit for fourth with a 7.025. Other BEA?beamers include Lunz (6.6), Blagg (6.825), and Kalis (6.95).

In the floor event, Kalis came back to first place with a solid 8.775 average score while Armstrong grabbed second place with an 8.5. Douglas helped BEA dominate the event when she took fourth place with an 8.2 average score. Lunz (6.875) and Lizzy Uecker (7.725) still have room to improve in order to bump up their scores and attempt to place the coach says.

The three Bucs including Armstrong, Kalis and Douglas also dominated the All-Around event at Windom Area. Armstrong placed second with a point total of 31.650, while Kalis was close behind in third with a 31.625. Douglas placed fourth for BEA with a 31.075.

On the junior varsity team, BEA successfully beat Windom by earning 96.5 points to Windom’s 91.25 points.

In vault, Buccaneer Alicia Machacek earned first with an 8.1 average score, while Adrianna Reddick took third with a 7.8 average, and Survis and Uecker tied for fourth with a 7.7 average score. Maddie Dulac was just shy of placing with a 7.5 on the vault.

For bars, Reddick placed first for BEA with a 6.3 average while Uecker followed in second with a 6.1. Dulac placed third with a 5.0 average, and fourth place went to Windom.

On the beam, the Bucs were quite balanced. Dulac took first with a 6.75 average while a tie for second between Survis and Amarrah Harris tallied a 6.6 average. Third place went to Uecker who set up a decent 6.4 average, and fourth place went to Windom. Reddick did not place, but she did earn a 5.65.

The JV Bucs also did well on their floor routines. First place went to Machacek with a 7.85 average score, second place went to Survis with a 7.1, and Dulac wedged her way into fifth place with a 6.5.

Dulac was the sole Buccaneer who placed in the All-Around, earning first with a 25.75.