Gymnasts fall short of victory

This article submitted by Mandy Mayer on 1/17/01.

Michelle Wolbeck The Paynesville gymnasts were defeated by the Litchfield Dragons last Tuesday at home. The score was 122.9-119.3.

On vault the Bulldogs had three place winners. Michelle Wolbeck (pictured on the beam) scored an 8.45 for fourth place, and Kelli Fenske earned third place with an 8.5. Joy Hemmesch vaulted into second place with an 8.6.

On the uneven bars, the Dragons had some tough routines and only let two Bulldogs place. Rachel Koehn placed fifth with a 6.65 and Hemmesch scored a 7.45 for second place. Hemmesch tied with Litchfield's Miranda Inselman, who won the all-around competition.

On the balance beam, Koehn and Hemmesch again were the only Dogs to place. Koehn scored a 7.35 for fifth place and Hemmesch scored a 7.5 for third. Paynesville scored 28.95 on the beam compared to 29.75 for Litchfield.

In the floor exercise, Koehn and Hemmesch led the team again. Koehn scored a 7.95 for fourth place, and Hemmesch tumbled into third place with an 8.2.

In the all-around competition, Koehn tied for fourth place with a 29.8. Hemmesch, who placed on every apparatus, scored 31.75 for second place.

When asked about the meet, Hemmesch, who is a captain this year, said, "I have never seen the gym as packed as it was on Tuesday night. I speak for all the gymnasts when I say we fed off the fans for energy."

The varsity gymnasts don't have another meet until Tuesday, Jan. 23, when they host Howard Lake-Waverly/Maple Lake.

The seventh and eighth graders had a home meet yesterday. This meet was unique because the varsity gymnasts judged it.

Litchfield - 122.9
Paynesville - 119.3

NL-S 129.05
Paynesville 115.85
The Bulldogs took a crushing loss to New London-Spicer on the road Friday night. The score was 129.05-115.85.

On the uneven bars, Joy Hemmesch was the only Bulldog able to place. The competition was fierce! The scores were 30.4 for NL-S to 24.25 for Paynesville.

The girls did a great job on the vault competition. Michelle Wolbeck placed fifth, scoring 8.4. Hemmesch scored 8.6, putting her in third place.

Hemmesch was the only Bulldog to place on the floor exercise. She scored 8.3 for fourth place.

On the balance beam, Hemmesch was, once again, the only Bulldog to place. She earned fifth place with a 6.8.

In the all-around competition, Hemmesch placed fourth with 31.5.

Paynesville - 115.85
New London-Spicer 129.05

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