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Paynesville Press - December 22, 2004

Gymnasts score season high in loss

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs scored a season high in points but lost to a strong team from Benson/KMS/LQPV 133.525 to 116.05 on Thursday in their first home meet at the Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds.

The Dogs topped 115 points for the second time this season and actually scored 117.05 but lost a point due to penalty for competing out of order on the beam.

In the team competition, Benson/ KMS/LQPV proved too strong, scoring at least 32 on all four apparatus.

The balance beam was the Dogs] second best event on Thursday, scoring 28.85 points, second to their performance on the vault (32.05). "The girls had a great night on beam, performing four 'no fall' beam routines," said coach Deb Nehowig.

Sophomore Kacy Nehowig took first place on the vault, scoring 8.7, and missed tying the school record by a tenth of a point. Krysta Larson holds the school record (8.8) set in 1999.

Nehowig - who was second on the bars (8.45), third on the vault (8.55), and fifth on the floor (8.05) - set a personal best in the all around with a score of 33.75. That score is four tenths of a point short of the school record, 34.15 set by Sara Spanier in 1995.

Eighth grader Anna Kotten also had a personal best in the all around, scoring 30.45. She broke 30 in the all around for the second time this season, helped by a personal best on the bars, hitting 8.0 for the first time. She placed fifth on the vault and bars as well as in the all around.

The Dogs traveled to Maple Lake on Tuesday for their last meet before the holiday break. Their next competitive meet will be held in January.

The Dogs' goals this season is to average 115 and reach 120.

"We have two seniors - Ashley Spanier and Katie Nelson - both out with injuries but will be back in the lineup in January," said coach Nehowig. "With those two healthy, we are still hoping to break 120 this season." The last time the gymnasts broke 120 was January 2002.


Individual Results
Vault: Kacy Nehowig (3) 8.55; Anna Kotten (5) 8.25; Brittney Spanier 7.95; Cassey Lund 7.3; Tanis Beireis 6.9;
TOTAL: Pay - 32.05; Ben - 34.0;

Uneven bars: Nehowig (2) 8.45; Kotten (5) 8.0; Spanier 6.25; Abby Lindeman 4.95; Celia Frieler 4.1;
TOTAL: Pay - 27.65; Ben - 32.275;

Balance beam: Nehowig (1) 8.7; Kayla Nelson 7.1; Kotten 6.7; Lund 6.35; Frieler 6.2;
TOTAL: Pay - 28.85; Ben - 32.4;

Floor: Nehowig (5) 8.05; Kotten 7.5; Lund 6.7; Nelson 6.25; Frieler 6.1;
TOTAL: Pay - 28.5; Ben - 34.85;

All around: Nehowig (2) 33.75; Kotten 30.45. DC 118.775, Dogs 113.35
Dassel-Cokato defeated the Dogs 118.775 to 113.35 on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

The Dogs outscored the host Chargers on the vault (32.55 to 31.8), but Dassel-Cokato won the other three apparatus and the team meet.

The Dogs had three gymnasts place on the vault: Nehowig in first with an 8.5; Kotten in second with an 8.35; and sophomore Brittney Spanier fifth with a 7.85. Kotten performed a new vault and scored a personal best.

Fourth on the vault for the Dogs was ninth grader Cassey Lund with a 7.65. "Cassey Lund has really stepped it up this year," said coach Nehowig. "She is a strong varsity performer for us on floor, beam, and vault. Her goal is to be varsity all-around this season."

Nehowig placed first in the all around against DC with a score of 32.2. She placed first on the vault and floor and second on the beam and bars. Kotten was third in the all-around, topping 30 for the first time this season. She was second on the vault, third on the bars, and fourth on the beam and floor.

Junior Kayla Nelson also placed for the Dogs, taking fifth on the balance beam, scoring 6.6.


Individual Results
Vault: Nehowig (1) 8.5; Kotten (2) 8.35; Spanier (5) 7.85; Lund 7.65; Beireis 7.1;
TOTAL: Pay - 32.35; DC - 31.8;

Uneven bars: Nehowig (2) 7.75; Kotten (3) 7.2; Lindeman 5.05; Spanier 4.85; Frieler 3.85;
TOTAL: Pay - 24.85; DC - 27.6;

Balance beam: Nehowig (2) 7.65; Kotten (4) 6.9; Nelson (5) 6.6; Frieler 6.05; Lund 5.5;
TOTAL: Pay - 27.2; DC - 28.225;

Floor: Nehowig (1) 8.35; Kotten (4) 7.85; Lund 6.5; Nelson 6.25; Frieler 5.55;
TOTAL: Pay - 28.95; DC - 31.15;

All around: Nehowig (1) 32.2; Kotten (3) 30.3.

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