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BEA gymnasts down St. James Area

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Mar 14, 2021

The Blue Earth Area gymnastics team scored its highest point total of the season in a 130-104.75 win over the St. James Saints.

The meet was held in St. James on March 4, and featured all four of the Bucs who compete in the all around attaining scores of 30 or higher.

“It was an excellent meet,” BEA head coach Rachel Cole said. “We finally hit our goal of 130 and we took home another win. I am so proud of these girls. They have worked so hard to meet this goal.”

Haley Kalis, Addison Armstrong and Tailor Douglas claimed the top three spots in vault. Kalis had the top score with an 8.95, Armstrong took second with an 8.8 and Douglas was third with an 8.6. Adrianna Reddick finished with an 8.525 and Annika Ihle had an 8.1.

“We had a 34.875 as a team on vault,” Cole said. “It was not our team high, but it was very good for us.”

BEA also performed well on the bars. Armstrong grabbed first place with a 7.8, Kalis was second with a 7.6, Douglas and Jazmyn Lunz tied for third with scores of 7.35. Ihle also competed and tallied a 7.3.

Kalis and Armstrong also finished in the top two spots in the beam rotation. Kalis had a score of 8.15 for first place. Armstrong was close behind with a score of 8.1 for second place. Ihle had a 7.4 which was good for third place. Douglas finished with a 7.0 and Lunz scored a 6.65.

“We had an average night on beam,” Cole noted. “We scored a 30.65 with four total falls.”

The Bucs claimed the top three spots on floor with Armstrong’s score of 9.225 putting her in first place. Kalis took second with an 8.75 and Lizzy Uecker was third with an 8.25. Douglas had an 8.2 and Ihle had a 7.6.

“We were just over our goal on floor,” Cole said. “We want to score at least a 34 and we had a 34.375. Even though we hit our goal there is still room for improvement before the end of the season.”

Armstrong placed first in the all around with a score of 33.925, Kalis was second with 33.4 and Douglas claimed third place with 31.15.

“Overall we did well,” Cole commented. “LaNay (assistant coach LaNay Hervey) and I are going to keep pushing them because there is so much more potential there.”

The Bucs had an incomplete junior varsity team but still managed to win 86.85-82.5.

BEA claimed the top three spots in each rotation and Lauren Survis captured first place in the all around with a 29.4.