Numerous gymnasts prepare for season
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 5:02 AM
The Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston gymnastics squad has a strong turnout of athletes for 2013-14.
"We have all but one varsity girl returning this season..." Coach Jackie Johnson noted last week. "With 28 girls out this season, the biggest team I have ever coached, we'll have lots of talent in the gym, and that's great for team building.
Participants from Spring Grove include seniors Tara Solberg and Emily Hahn, sophomores Sierra Hunter, Haley Holty, Cayla Schleich and Mara Burkhard, freshman Stine Myrah, eighth-graders Claire Bratland, Vendela Parker and Hailey Dean plus seventh-graders Kailee Olerud and Maria Myrah.
Caledonia athletes include junior Kaylee Cavanaugh, sophomores Abby Hoskins, Cassidy Bauer and Erin Schultz along with freshmen Alissa Peterson and Savana Schreiber, eighth-graders Kerrigan Scanlan, Michaela Kasten and Mackenzie Wolter and seventh-graders Emily DeMorett, Emily Johnson, Rebecca Meyer, Kiley Meyer, Maria Miller and Kourtney Olson.
Jessica Knutson, a sophomore, joins the squad from Houston.
Returning letterwinners include Team Captains Solberg and Cavanaugh. Co-Captains are returning letter winners Hunter, Hahn and Hoskins.
Hunter and Cavanaugh won All-Section honors in 2012-13.
Johnson is in her seventh season at the helm and will be aided by fourth-year assistant Dani Sauer. Team managers are Mikki Boyd, Tehya Shefelbine and Katrina Holzwarth.
The Warriors will be solid on vault and floor exercise, Johnson reported. Parallel bars will be a challenge. Balance beam could either help or hinder results. "All the girls have what they need," she noted. "It will depend on staying on (the beam) and having no-fall routines.
Austin should be the strongest team in the section, Johnson said. Potential close meets for the Warriors include La Crescent, Stewartville/Kasson-Mantorville, and Pine Island.
C/SG/H begins the year with a trip to La Crescent on Dec. 3. Four days later the team travels to the Byron/Lourdes Tournament.
The Warriors return to the Holmen Invitational Tournament this season, Johnson noted. Last year the team won Division 2 of that meet.