Gymnastic season ends at section
Hunter, Cavanaugh are All- Conference
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 4:14 AM
The Caledonia Warriors co-op team competed at the Section 1A gymnastics meet at Red Wing High School on Feb. 18.
Warriors gymnasts Kaylee Cavanaugh and Sierra Hunter were named
The Warriors gymnastics program is a cooperative venture, which opens its doors to Spring Grove, Mabel-Canton and Houston school districts.
The Austin Packers posted the top team score, totaling 142.950. On Feb. 24-25, Austin competes as a team in the Class A state tournament, also advancing four gymnasts in individual competition.
Second place went to La Crescent (134.475), followed by Byron/Lourdes (133.459), Stewartville/Kasson-Mantorville (131.4), Pine Island (129.850), Simley (124.8), Caledonia (121.2) and South St. Paul (105.475).
In individual competition, four girls for each event, including all-around, advanced to state. Forty-five competitors vied at each station.
Although the Warriors didn't send anyone on to the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion, they did place two girls, Kaylee Cavanaugh and Sierra Hunter, on the All-Conference Team.
There are five teams in the conference, including La Crescent, Byron/Lourdes, Stewartville and Pine Island.
On vault, eighth-grader Abby Hoskins placed 19th (8.55). Hunter, also an eighth-grader, placed 28th (8.425). Tara Solberg (10th grade) took 31st with an 8.4. Sophomore Emily Hahn was 39th at 7.85. Senior Meggan Scanlan was 43rd at 7.6.
Floor exercises featured Hunter in 23rd place (8.325). Tara Solberg was 37th (7.925). Scanlan was 40th (7.3.). Senior Heather Solberg notched a 7.0 good for 42nd. Hoskins was 43rd with 6.8.
Uneven bars found Hunter 12th (7.95). Freshman Cavanaugh took 14th with a 7.9. Junior Skylar Schoh was 29th (7.0). Tara Solberg was 32nd (6.925). Hoskins took 42nd (5.275).
On balance beam, senior Jenna Dokken was 32nd (7.225). Tara Solberg took 35th (6.9). Hunter was 37th (6.825). Scanlan captured 38th with a 6.7. Hoskins was 41st (6.475).
"I was happy to see us score in the 120s again," Warrior Coach Jackie Johnson said. "These girls work hard all season. They are young, and if they continue to work as hard in the off-season as they do while we're competing, we will have a strong team next year."
The Warriors had seven girls out with injuries at one point in the 2011-2012 campaign. Their junior varsity has not had five competitors on each event all season due to shifting to cover injuries on the varsity.
During the course of the year, Cavanaugh, who notched some very impressive numbers as an all-around gymnast, sustained a knee injury that kept her off most stations. But she managed to come back and compete on uneven bars for the last two regular-season matches as well as the conference meet.
"We coaches enjoy working with them and have a lot of respect for them. It's always sad to see the season end," Johnson noted. "I am already looking forward to next season and stepping back into the gym with all the great talent we have."