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Paynesville Press - December 17, 2003

Gymnasts suffer defeat at two home meets

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs gymnastics team lost to Dassel-Cokato at home on Thursday, 115.8-111.95.

The Bulldogs beat the Chargers on the uneven bars by six tenths of a point, but the Chargers beat the Bulldogs by nearly two points on the floor and the beam and by nearly a point on the vault.

On the dismount Ninth grader Kacy Nehowig took first on the uneven bars, second on the vault, and third on the floor to take second in the all around. Seventh grader Anna Kotten placed on all four apparatus - third on the bars and fourth on the beam, floor, and vault - and took third in the all-around competition.

Teammates watched as ninth grader Celia Frieler dismounted from the balance beam on Thursday against D-C. She scored 6.1 on beam.

Sophomore Kayla Nelson was the only other Paynesville gymnast to place in the meet, taking third on the balance beam.

The Bulldogs had four no-fall routines on the balance beam, led by junior Abby Lindeman. Coach Deb Nehowig noted that scores do vary from meet to meet but said, "Even though the beam scores didn't reflect how well we performed, I thought that was our best performance so far."

Nehowig was also pleased with ninth grader Brittney Spanier's bar routine, saying that once she masters a new dismount her score should really improve.

The Bulldogs (1-2) had their last meet before Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 16, hosting NL-S.


Individual Results
Vault: Kacy Nehowig (2) 8.5; Anna Kotten (4) 7.7; Brittney Spanier 7.5; Ashley Spanier 7.35; Kayla Nelson 7.2; TOTAL: Pay - 31.05; D-C - 32.0;

Uneven bars: Nehowig (1) 8.2; Kotten (3) 7.4; Brittney Spanier 5.3; Abby Lindeman 4.75; Celia Frieler 3.4; TOTAL: Pay - 25.65; D-C - 25.05;

Balance beam: Kayla Nelson (3) 7.15; Kotten (4) 6.95; Nehowig 6.8; Frieler 6.1; Lindeman 5.9; TOTAL: Pay - 27.0; D-C - 28.6;

Floor: Nehowig (3) 7.85; Kotten (4) 7.35; Ashley Spanier 6.65; Kayla Nelson 6.4; Katie Nelson 5.1; TOTAL: Pay - 28.25; D-C - 30.15;

All around: Nehowig (2) 31.35; Kotten (3) 29.4.

LPGE/SC 122.95, Paynesville 111.35
The Bulldogs were beaten by LPGE/Sauk Centre 122.95-111.35 on Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the Dogs' first home meet at the Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds.

Kacy Nehowig won three events and took first place in the all around for the Bulldogs, but it was not enough against LPGE/Sauk Centre.

Jumping on the beam LPGE/Sauk Centre merged this year in gymnastics. They beat the Dogs on all four events, with the Dogs coming closest on the floor and the vault. LPGE/SC beat the Dogs by five points on the balance beam, sweeping the top four places, and by three points on the bars.

Seventh grader Anna Kotten placed fourth on the balance beam and third in the all-around competition against D-C last week.

Nehowig won the vault (8.8), the bars (8.4), and the floor exercise (8.35)."Kacy nailed her floor routine to score a personal best," said coach Deb Nehowig.

Coach Nehowig expects the team's tumbling scores on the floor to improve soon as juniors Ashley Spanier and Katie Nelson and sophomore Kayla Nelson are close to adding new skills to their floor routines.

Kacy Nehowig also placed fifth on the balance beam, the only Bulldog to place in that event, as LPGE/SC took the top four spots.

Anna Kotten was the only other Bulldog to place, taking fourth on the bars (7.4), fifth on the floor exercise (7.4), and fifth in the all around.


Individual Results
Vault: Kacy Nehowig (1) 8.8; Ashley Spanier 7.9; Anna Kotten 7.85; Brittney Spanier 7.85; Kayla Nelson 7.4; TOTAL: Pay - 32.3; LPGE/SC - 33.5;

Uneven bars: Nehowig (1) 8.4; Kotten (4) 7.4; Abby Lindeman 5.0; Celia Frieler 4.95; Brittney Spanier 3.8; TOTAL: Pay - 25.75; LPGE/SC - 28.8;

Balance beam: Nehowig (5) 6.9; Kayla Nelson 6.45; Kotten 6.3; Frieler 5.45; TOTAL: Pay - 25.1; LPGE/SC - 30.15;

Floor: Nehowig (1) 8.35; Kotten (5) 7.4; Ashley Spanier 6.45; Kayla Nelson 6.15; Katie Nelson 5.75; TOTAL: Pay - 28.3; LPGE/SC - 30.5;

All around: Nehowig (1) 32.45; Kotten (5) 28.9.

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