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Paynesville Press - December 13, 2006

Gymnasts record first wins at tourney

By Michael Jacobson

The PAHS gymnastics team earned its first victories of the season by placing fourth at the Morris Tournament on Saturday.

The Dogs (103.1) defeated Orton-ville (94.6) and Morris (92.25) at the six-team tournament, which was won by New London-Spicer (129.25).

"We were pleased to come away with two wins," said coach Deb Nehowig. "The team scores were much closer than I expected them to be with the exception of NL-S."

Vault and beam scores were down for all the teams, added Nehowig, due to tough judging.

The Dogs placed fourth on the uneven bars, floor exercise, and vault and fifth on the balance beam.

Senior Kacy Nehowig led the Dogs by scoring 31.75 in the all around, placing sixth. All four PAHS gymnasts - Nehowig, senior Brittney Spanier, eighth grader Caitlyn Gottwald, and senior Tanis Beireis - competed in the all around (all four events), with Spanier placing tenth in the all around.

Nehowig was the only Bulldog to place on an individual event, scoring 8.55 to finish second on the uneven bars. Her mother and coach said that Kacy will be adding a new release soon that should increase her score by a half point.

Other highlights of the meet were: Gottwald making her double pirouette on the floor, increasing the difficulty of her routine to the maximum and performing her best routine of the season so far; and Beireis improvising a floor routine that morning (rather than the team having to take a zero, according to coach Nehowig) and scoring 5.05.

This week, the Dogs hosted Benson in a conference meet on Tuesday night. On Saturday, the Dogs will travel to St. James for another tourney, starting at 11 a.m.

Team Scores
1. New London-Spicer 129.25
2. LPGE 115.15
3. Benson 113.25
4. Paynesville 103.1
5. Ortonville 94.6
6. Morris 92.25

Individual Results
Vault: Kacy Nehowig 8.05; Caitlyn Gottwald 7.85; Brittney Spanier 7.55; Tanis Beireis 7.1; TOTAL: Pay - 30.55 (4); NL-S - 34.0 (1);

Uneven bars: Nehowig (2) 8.55; Spanier 6.85; Beireis 4.7; Gottwald 2.6; TOTAL: Pay - 22.7 (4); NL-S - 30.9 (1);

Balance beam: Nehowig 7.3; Spanier 6.0; Gottwald 5.65; Beireis 4.75; TOTAL: Pay - 23.7 (5); NL-S - 29.9 (1);

Floor: Nehowig 7.85; Gottwald 7.65; Spanier 5.6; Beireis 5.05; TOTAL: Pay - 26.15 (4); NL-S - 34.45 (1);

All around: Nehowig (6) 31.75; Spanier 26.0 (10); Gottwald 23.75; Beireis 21.6.

LPGE 117.65, Dogs 108.35
The Bulldogs scored a season high with 108.35 points but lost their conference opener to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

"I thought we might hit 110 going into beam, the last rotation of the night," said coach Deb Nehowig. "However, we just couldn't stay on the beam. Everybody had two falls each."

"The team is improving," added Nehowig. "We would like to hit 110 before the Christmas break."

The Dogs fared the best on the vault, scoring 33.05 and losing to LPGE by five hundreths of a point. LPGE won the uneven bars by two points and the balance beam and floor exercise by three and a half points each.

Senior Kacy Nehowig won the vault (9.0), placed second on the bars (8.15) and in the all around (32.3), and took third on the floor (8.05) and on the beam (7.1).

Senior Brittney Spanier increased her all-around score by two and a half points, placing fifth with 28.0 points and reaching a preseason goal for her score. She also placed third on the bars (7.15), fourth on the vault (8.2), and fifth on the balance beam (6.15).

Eighth grader Caitlyn Gottwald tied with Spanier for fourth on the vault (8.2) and also took fifth in the floor exercise (7.15).

Senior Tanis Beireis completed her long kips on the bars, said coach Nehowig, and increased her bar score by 1.25 points.


Individual Results
Vault: Kacy Nehowig (1) 9.0; Caitlyn Gottwald (4) 8.2; Brittney Spanier (4) 8.2; Tanis Beireis 7.65; TOTAL: Pay - 33.05; LPGE - 33.1;

Uneven bars: Nehowig (2) 8.15; Spanier (3) 7.15; Beireis 5.95; Gottwald 4.7; TOTAL: Pay - 25.95; LPGE - 28.05;

Balance beam: Nehowig (3) 7.1; Spanier (5) 6.15; Gottwald 5.15; Beireis 4.95; Talisha Zimmerman 3.5; TOTAL: Pay - 23.9; LPGE - 27.45;

Floor: Nehowig (3) 8.05; Gottwald (5) 7.15; Spanier 6.5; Zimmerman 3.75; TOTAL: Pay - 25.45; LPGE - 29.05;

All around: Nehowig (2) 32.3; Spanier (5) 28.0; Gottwald 25.2.

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