Tanager gymnasts host first Winter Wonderland Invite

Tanager gymnasts host first Winter Wonderland Invite The Tanager gymnastics team hosted its first annual Winter Wonderland Invitational at the Vermillion High School gym on Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999 � the last local gymnastic competition of the 20th century!

Five schools were represented at the meet � Vermillion, Milbank, Clark, West Central and Chamberlain. The VHS gym was decorated in a holiday motif with garlands and bows at the judges' and scorers' tables and a large Christmas tree covered with silver ornaments, to create a festive atmosphere for the holiday season.

Coach Mark Upward instituted the meet and was aided by his family and assistant coaches in preparing the gym.

With nearly 60 gymnasts and a necessary five rotation format, the meet was completed in two and a half hours and included a special fun contest to determine who could maintain a handstand for the longest period of time without "crumbling."

Each grade level competed and the winners were: seventh grade � Sarah Christopherson (V) 16.93 sec.; eighth grade � Michelle Person (C) 4.1 sec.; freshman � Gerrianne Cressman (WC) 37.87 sec.; sophomore Amber Reisdorph (V) 38.51 sec.; junior � Amy Evangelisto (Ch) 23.03 sec.; and senior � Terri Upward (V) 44 sec. flat. Each winner was presented a teddy bear for a prize and Terri also received a trophy as the "grand champion."

The top 10 scorers in each of the four events and all-around were recognized, with the first six being awarded a place medal. The final team results were: Vermillion � 107.70; Milbank � 105.95; Clark � 105.7; West Central � 103.00; and Chamberlain � 101.90.

Following are the placers and scores for each event and all-around:

1. Suzy Schneider (Ch) 7.10; 2. Terri Upward (V) 6.60; 2. Amber Reisdorph (V) 6.60; 4. Tabitha Hubert (V) 6.40; 5. Beth Pier (V) 6.20; 5. Emily McNamara (WC) 6.20; 5. Jada Smithback (WC) 6.20; 8. Kim Schoeppner (Ch) 6.00; 9. Kylie O'Neill (C) 5.90; 10. Katie Christensen (M) 5.80; 10. Shelly Wilkens (Ch) 5.80.

Floor Exercise

1. Amber Reisdorph (V) 7.70; 1. Elizabeth Sinclair (M) 7.70; 3. Alisa Beving (C) 7.50; 4. Terri Upward (V) 7.40; 5. Amy Sharping (Ch) 7.20; 6. Suzy Schneider (Ch) 7.10; 7. Steph McGraw (C) 7.00; 7. Karrie Irvine (WC) 7.00; 9. Heidi Bloom (WC) 6.90; 10. Melissa McGraw (C) 6.70; 10. Liz Whitman (C) 6.70; 10 Amy Evangelisto (Ch) 6.70.

1. Suzy Schneider (Ch) 7.70; 2. Elizabeth Sinclair (M) 7.50; 3. Heidi Bloom (WC) 7.40; 4. Michelle Hamman (M) 6.90; 5. Jenny Deslauriers (C) 6.70; 6. Kelsy Clark (WC) 6.60; 7. Jamie Weissenfluh (M) 6.50; 7. Steph McGraw (C) 6.50; 9. Ashley Bunting (M) 6.20; 9. Amber Reisdorph (V) 6.20.

Vault

1. Steph McGraw (C) 8.20; 2. Heidi Bloom (WC) 8.10; 2. Emily McNamara (WC) 8.10; 4. Ashley Bunting (M) 8.05; Amber Reisdorph (V) 8.00; 6. Meganne Hovden (V) 7.90; Jenny Deslauriers (C) 7.90; 8. Katie Connors (V) 7.80; 8. Jamie Weissenfluh (M) 7.80; 8. Danielle Brown (WC) 7.80; 8. Liz Whitman (C) 7.80.

All-Around

1. Suzy Schneider (Ch) 29.10; 2. Amber Reisdorph (V) 28.50; 3. Elizabeth Sinclair (M) 28.40; 4. Heidi Bloom (WC) 27.40; 5. Terri Upward (V) 26.40; 6. Michelle Hamman (M) 26.10; 7. Steph McGraw (C) 26.00; 8. Alisa Beving (C) 25.00; 9. Ashley Bunting (M) 24.95; 10. Jenny Deslauriers (C) 24.50.

"I knew it was going to be a very close meet after watching two rotations," said Coach Upward. "We had a very good chance to win the meet, but we had to stay on the balance beam, our last event."

The Tanagers went on to have their best beam score of the season, posting only one fall in the top four beam scores.

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