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Paynesville Press - February 2, 2005

Gymnasts score another season high

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs gymnastics team recorded a season high with 118 points but lost to Morris on Thursday in a home meet at the Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds.

The Dogs outscored Morris on the uneven bars 27.625 to 24.925, but the Tigers scored in the 30s on the vault, floor exercise, and balance beam in winning by five points, 123.475 to 118.3.

The Dogs scored the highest on the vault (32.95) but still trailed Morris by a point and a half. They scored 30.525 on the floor exercise - topping 30 for the floor for the third time this season, according to coach Deb Nehowig - but trailed Morris by nearly three points. And Morris beat the Dogs by three and a half points on the balance beam.

On the vault, sophomore Kacy Nehowig was third and eighth grader Anna Kotten was fourth to lead the Dogs. Sophomore Brittney Spanier performed a new vault with a higher point value, according to coach Nehowig, and scored 8.1. "As she gets her rotation around to a better landing, she will score higher," predicted Nehowig.

Brittney Also, senior Ashley Spanier returned to the varsity lineup, after injury, and scored 7.8 on the vault

Sophomore Brittney Spanier finished fifth on the uneven bars against Morris last week, scoring 6.3, and did a new vault, scoring 8.1 as the Dogs scored a season high of 118.3 points.

On the bars, Nehowig took first, Kotten third, and Brittney Spanier fifth, helping the Dogs to outscore the Tigers on this apparatus.

Nehowig and Kotten led the Dogs on the floor exercise with season high scores, placing third and fifth respectively.

On the balance beam, Nehowig placed fourth, and junior Kayla Nelson placed fifth. Coach Nehowig noted that sophomore Celia Frieler completed back-to-back cartwheels in her beam routine to earn credit for superior difficulty and scoring 6.5.

Nehowig placed third in the all around, scoring 32.65, and Kotten was fourth at 30.675, topping 30 points again.

The varsity is now only 1.7 points away from their team goal to score 120 points this season, said coach Nehowig.

This week, the Dogs will host their last two home meets. On Thursday they will host Annandale and on Friday they will host Orton-ville at the gymnasium at the Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds.


Individual Results
Vault: Kacy Nehowig (3) 8.7; Anna Kotten 8.35 (5); Brittney Spanier 8.1; Ashley Spanier 7.8; Cassey Lund 7.75; TOTAL: Pay - 32.95; Mor - 34.55;

Uneven bars: Nehowig (1) 8.05; Kotten (3) 6.3; Brittney Spanier (5) 6.3; Tanis Beireis 5.375; Abby Lindeman 5.05; TOTAL: Pay - 27.625; Mor - 24.925;

Balance beam: Nehowig (4) 7.25; Kayla Nelson (5) 7.10; Kotten 6.35; Celia Frieler 6.5; Christine Spanier 5.125; TOTAL: Pay - 27.2; Mor - 30.7;

Floor: Nehowig (3) 8.65; Kotten (5) 8.075; Nelson 7.3; Christine Spanier 6.5; Lund 6.45; TOTAL: Pay - 30.525; Mor - 33.3;

All around: Nehowig (3) 32.65; Kotten (4) 30.675.

Junior varsity
Paynesville's junior varsity gymnasts also scored a season high against Morris last week and beat the Tigers 87.1 to 64.35. The Dogs outscored Morris on all four events: 29.15 to 14.5 on the vault, 23.15 to 22.1 on the floor exercise, 20.2 to 16.8 on the balance beam; and 14.6 to 10.95 on the uneven bars.

Senior Caitlyn Mandigo won the vault (7.5), ninth grader Cassey Lund won the beam (5.6), and Frieler won the floor exercise (6.7) for the Dogs. Mandigo also was fifth on the bars and second in the all around. Frieler also was second on the uneven bars.

Also placing for the Dogs were: sophomore Tanis Beireis (second on the vault and fifth on the beam); ninth grader Christine Spanier (third on the bars and fourth on the vault); Brittney Spanier (third on the beam and fifth on the floor); Ashley Spanier (second on the beam); senior Abby Lindeman (third on the floor); and Nelson (fourth on the bars).

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