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Paynesville Press - January 30, 2002

Gymnasts get season-high score

By Mandy Mayer

Tessa Miller The Bulldogs beat the Maple Lake Irish on Tuesday, Jan. 22, by the score of 120.0-114.1.

"The girls did a great job hitting the 120 mark for the first time this season. That has been our goal since day one of practice," said coach Deb Nehowig.

Seventh grader Kacy Nehowig placed second on the vault with a score of 8.65. Senior Amy Mueller placed third, and junior Tessa Miller (pictured at right) placed fifth.

On the uneven bars Nehowig placed first with a score of 8.4. Senior Rachel Koehn placed third, Miller fourth, and Mandy Mayer placed fifth.

Koehn had a beautiful beam routine that earned her a 7.5 for second place. Miller placed fourth.

Koehn also had a great floor routine and placed first. Mueller placed third and Nehowig finished fifth. In the all-around competition Nehowig placed second, Miller third, and Mueller fifth.

"There were quite a few season highs and I think that contributed to our win," said coach Nehowig. "Miller had her season high in the all-around, Koehn and Mueller both had their season highs on the floor, and Nehowig had her season high on bars."

The gymnastics team will compete on Thursday at Sauk Centre, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Maple Lake--114.1

Vault: Mandy Mayer 7.85; Tessa Miller (5) 8.0; Amy Mueller (3) 8.3; Kacy Nehowig (2) 8.65; TOTAL 32.8.
Uneven bars: Mayer (5) 6.6; Miller (4) 6.85; Rachel Koehn (3) 7.2; Nehowig (1) 8.4; TOTAL 29.05.
Balance beam: Mueller 5.9; Nehowig 6.0; Miller (4) 6.65; Koehn (2) 7.5; TOTAL 26.05.
Floor: Miller 7.6; Nehowig (5) 7.85; Mueller (3) 8.35; Koehn (1) 8.5; TOTAL 32.3.
All around: Mueller (5) 27.5; Miller (3) 29.1; Nehowig (2) 30.9.

Melrose 143.5, Paynesville 122.25
The Bulldogs, despite scoring very well, lost to a talented team from Melrose on Thursday.

The girls did have their season high and scored more than 120 points in back-to-back meets. "The girls are peaking at the right time," said coach Nehowig.

The Dutchmen - a traditional state power with defending Class A all-around champion Katie Niehaus - dominated the placings, taking the top four spots in all four events.

Kacy Nehowig placed fifth on vault and fifth on the uneven bars for the Bulldogs. Koehn scored a 7.8 on the balance beam, her season-high score, earning fifth place.

In the all-around competition, Nehowig had her season high in the all-around competition and placed fourth. Mueller placed fifth.

Miller had her season-high score on the uneven bars.


Vault: Mandy Mayer 7.9; Tessa Miller 7.95; Amy Mueller 8.5; Kacy Nehowig (5) 8.75; TOTAL 33.1.
Uneven bars: Rachel Koehn 6.85; Mayer 7.0; Miller 7.2; Nehowig (5) 8.2; TOTAL 29.25.
Balance beam: Nehowig 6.45; Miller 6.75; Mueller 7.65; Koehn (5) 7.8; TOTAL 28.65.

Floor: Miller 7.1; Nehowig 7.8; Mueller 7.95; Koehn 8.4; TOTAL 31.25.

All around: Mueller (5) 29.5; Nehowig (4) 31.2.

Kimball Invitational
The Bulldogs traveled to Kimball on Saturday for the Kimball Invitational. The gymnasts did a great job and ended up taking fourth place out of five teams.

Only two girls placed, with Nehowig leading the way by taking first on the uneven bars with a score of 8.05.

Mueller placed third on the floor exercise with a score of 8.2.

"The girls' routines are becoming more polished. Their execution and amplitude has improved a great deal since the beginning of the season," said coach Nehowig on the team's progress.

The team's record is now 3-11.

Team Standings
St. Cloud Apollo--124.95
Maple Lake--121.55

Vault: Mandy Mayer 7.65; Tessa Miller 8.05; Kacy Nehowig 8.2; Amy Mueller 8.35; TOTAL 32.25.
Uneven bars: Rachel Koehn 6.25; Mayer 6.8; Miller 7.15; Nehowig (1) 8.05; TOTAL 28.25.
Balance beam: Miller 6.7; Nehowig 6.9; Koehn 7.25; Mueller 7.5; TOTAL 28.35.
Floor: Miller 6.4; Nehowig 7.5; Koehn 7.7; Mueller (3) 8.2; TOTAL 29.8.
All around: Miller 28.3; Mueller 29.35; Nehowig 30.65.

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