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Bucs down Bluejays in gymnastics

Improvement on the beam helps team gain their second victory

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Feb 21, 2021

Adrianna Reddick performed on the beam at a recent meet in Blue Earth. The Bucs defeated Wascea 128.775-122.725 on Feb. 15.

The Blue Earth Area gymnastics team defeated the Waseca Bluejays 128.775 to 122.725 on Monday, Feb. 15, in Blue Earth.

While Buccaneer head coach Rachel Cole was excited about the victory, she was especially pleased with her team’s performance on the beam.

“It was the biggest, most exciting event of the night,” Cole said. “The beam has been a struggle for us this year but we stuck four beam routines tonight and scored a 32.5”

The meet started with the vault and BEA got off to a good start with a second place finish by Addison Armstrong with a score of 8.75 and a third place finish by Haley Kalis who tallied an 8.725. Tailor Douglas had an 8.55, Adrianna Reddick had 8.45 and Annika Ihle finished with 8.2.

“Our vault scores are getting better each meet,” Cole commented. “We added Annika Ihle to varsity vault at our last meet and Adrianna Reddick added a new vault for this week.”

Armstrong also captured second place on the bars with a 7.6 with Kalis taking third with 7.35 points. Douglas had 7.0, Ihle had 6.95 and Jazmyn Lunz scored 5.9.

“The bars were an improvement over last week,” Cole said. “We did not have stops in our routines like we did last week. We are still working on some new skills, but we will improve.”

BEA claimed the top three spots on the beam with Kalis finishing first with a score of 8.375. Armstrong took second with 8.225 and Lunz was third with 8.075. Douglas finished with 7.825 and Lauren Survis had 6.95.

Armstrong was the only Buc to place in the floor exercise. Her score of 8.825 put her in first place. Douglas totaled 8.3 points, Kalis had 8.275, Survis had 7.5 and Lunz finished with 7.15.

Armstrong won the all-around with 33.3 points. Kalis took second with 32.725. Douglas finished with 31.675.

The Bucs’ junior varsity team fell to Waseca 106.25 to 103.6.

Reddick placed first in the bars while Survis finished third. Ihle placed first in both the beam and the floor exercise.

Hadleigh Anderson took second place in the all-around with a score of 24.

St. Peter 127.725,

BEA 122.8

The Blue Earth Area gymnastics team came up short against the St. Peter Saints in a meet held on Friday, Feb. 12, in St. Peter.

“Our varsity girls all had something new in their bar routines, so we did not score where we would have liked to,” BEA head coach Rachel Cole commented. “We need to get our routines to the point where they are fulfilling all of the requirements and keep trying more advanced skills. Beam was better tonight and we stuck three beam routines.”

Three Bucs tied for second place on the vault. Addison Armstrong, Annika Ihle and Tailor Douglas each had a score of 8.4. Haley Kalis also placed. Her score of 8.35 put her in third place.

No BEA gymnast placed on the bars. Kalis had a 7.075, Armstrong had 7.05. Douglas had 6.925, Ihle finished with 6.475 and Lunz had 5.9.

The Bucs were also shut out on the beam. Lunz topped the Maroon and Gold with a score of 7.275. Douglas finished with 7.25, Kalis had 7.225, Armstrong had 6.125 and Ihle had 6.025.

Armstrong and Kalis both placed in the floor exercise rotation. Armstrong’s score of 9.05 was good for first place and Kalis took third with a score of 8.625. Douglas finished with an 8.175, Lizzy Uecker had an 8.0 and Lauren Survis had a 7.4.

BEA did not place any gymnast in the all-around.

There was no team score for the junior varsity but Hadleigh Anderson took first place in the all-around with 23.905 points and Maddie Dulac finished second with a score of 23.4.