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Paynesville Press - January 15, 2003

Falls prove costly to gymnasts in loss

By Mandy Mayer

The Paynesville gymnasts had a rough meet mentally on Thursday against the Morris Tigers. The final score was 113.55-112.0, with Paynesville losing at home by less than two points.

The team had a total of 14 falls on the floor, beam, and uneven bars.

"It is hard to beat a team we should have beat with so many mental errors," said coach Deb Nehowig.

The Tigers won the balance beam by 1.4 points, while the scoring difference between the two teams was less than half a point on the vault, bars, and floor. Morris won the vault by 0.4 points and the bars by 0.05 points. The Bulldogs prevailed by 0.3 points on the floor.

Eighth grader Kacy Nehowig had a great night, placing on every event. She placed second on vault, second on bars, third on beam, and second on floor. She ended up placing second in the all-around competition, too, scoring 32.15. She missed first place by just over a point.

Senior Tessa Miller tied with sophomore Ashley Karger in the vault competition, both placing third. Miller was also fourth on floor. She finished third in the all-around competition.

Other places were as follows: senior Mandy Mayer placed fifth on beam and third on bars; sophomore Ashley Spanier tied for fifth on floor, and Karger tied for fifth on floor and tied for fifth on vault.

This week, the gymnasts hosted a home triangular on Tuesday. They will travel to Melrose on Thursday to face the state-rated Dutchmen. That meet starts at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the gymnasts will host Annandale at the gymnasium at the Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds starting at 6:30 p.m.


Individual Results
Vault: Ashley Spanier 7.9; Ashley Karger (5) 8.15; Tessa Miller (5) 8.15; Kacy Nehowig (2) 8.8; TOTAL: Pay - 33.0; Mor - 33.4;
Uneven bars: Miller 5.15; Karger 5.35; Mandy Mayer (3) 6.95; Nehowig (2) 8.3; TOTAL: Pay - 25.75; Mor - 25.8;
Balance beam: Kayla Nelson 5.75; Miller 6.1; Mayer (5) 6.45; Nehowig (3) 7.3; TOTAL: Pay - 25.8; Mor - 27.2;
Floor: Spanier (5) 6.5; Karger (5) 6.5; Miller (4) 6.7; Nehowig (2) 7.75; TOTAL: Pay - 27.45; Mor - 27.15;
All around: Karger (5) 25.95; Miller (3) 26.1; Nehowig (2) 32.15.

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