VHS gymnasts entertain eight teams

VHS gymnasts entertain eight teams by Jim Prosser While the outside temperatures approached the 60s, the Tanager gymnastics team hosted the fourth annual Winter Wonderland Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 28.

Nine schools were represented at the meet which began at noon at the VHS gym.

All of the eight schools invited attended the tournament � Britton, Chamberlain, Clark, Milbank, Miller, Stanley Co., Wagner and Winner. The meet also included a special fun contest to determine who could maintain a handstand without "crumbling" for the longest period of time. Each grade level competed and the winners were:

Seventh/eighth grade � Whitney Knippling (Chamberlain) 30.2 sec.; Freshmen � Angie O'Neill (Clark) 27.84 sec.; Sophomores � Sarah Christopherson (Vermillion) and Mateya Kuhlman (Wagner) tie 52.03 sec.; Junior � Whitney Wojahn (Milbank) 36.87 sec.; Senior � Kristine Clausen (Clark) 59.38 sec. She was declared the grand champion.

Each 7-11 winner was presented a stuffed snowman for a prize and Clausen received a snowflake bear plus a trophy.

The top 10 scorers in each of the four events and all-around were recognized, with each being awarded a place medal. The final team results were: Vermillion � 121.2; Miller � 121.0; Milbank � 117.9; Clark � 113.9; Chamberlain � 112.15; Wagner � 108.9; Britton � 108.5; Stanley Co. � 104.6; and Winner � 96. 2.

"This was the largest crowd for any of our winter Wonderland meets," said coach Mark Upward. "The girls came through for us on the vault, our final event. We were fortunate that Miller and Milbank both had falls on the beam, too."

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

1. Ariel Hofman, Vermillion, 8.2; 2. Summer Anderberg, Miller, 7.8; 3. Patty Sivertsen, Miller, 7.6; 3. Erin Briggs, Stanley Co.; 7.6; 5. Elizabeth Sinclair, Milbank, 7.35; 6. Sarah Gregg, Vermillion, 7.3; 7. Angie O'Neill, Clark, 7.2; 8. Erin Holtquist, Milbank, 7.2; 9. Darcy Werdell, Miller, 7.15; 10. Savanah Breen, Wagner, 7.1.

Floor

1. Elizabeth Sinclair, Milbank, 8.7; 2. Summer Anderberg, Miller, 8.6; 3. Ariel Hofman, Vermillion, 8.25; 4. Mateya Kuhlman, Wagner, 8.2; 5. Sarah Christopherson, Vermillion, 8.15; 6. Liz Woodruff, Chamberlain, 8.1; 7. Kelli Heitmann, Britton, 8.05; 8. Katie Boehnke, Clark, 7.8; 9. Michele Severson, Clark, 7.75; 10. Chelsea Heasley, Miller, 7.7 and Savanah Breen, Wagner, 7.7.

1. Elizabeth Sinclair, Milbank, 8.7; 2. Amber Kadoun, Britton, 8.3; 3. Sarah Christopherson, Vermillion, 8.3; 4. Chelsea Heasley, Miller, 8.2; 5. Ariel Hofman, Vermillion, 8.05; 6. Kelli Heitmann, Britton, 7.9; 7. Katie Connors, Vermillion, 7.8; 8. Jalynn Joy, Miller, 7.55; 9. Amanda Waugh, Chamberlain, 7.5; 10. Stephanie Cronin, Stanley Co., 7.5.

Vault

1. Sarah Christopherson, Vermillion, 8.75; 2. Kelli Heitmann, Britton, 8.65; 3. Darcy Werdel, Miller, 8.3; 4. Kristyn Novotny, Winner, 8.3; 5. Elizabeth Sinclair, Milbank, 8.25; 6. Angie O'Neill, Clark, 8.2; 7. Whitney Knippling, Chamberlain, 8.2; 8. Chelsea Heasley, Miller, 8.2; 9. Katie Connors, Vermillion, 8.2; 10. Kristine Clausen, Clark, 8.15 and Liz Woodruff, Chamberlain, 8.15.

All-around

1. Elizabeth Sinclair, Milbank, 33; 2. Ariel Hofman, Vermillion, 32.6; 3. Sarah Christopherson, Vermillion, 31.55; 4. Summer Anderberg, Miller, 31.5; 5. Kelli Heitmann, Britton, 31.45; 6. Chelsea Heasley, Miller, 30.35; 7. Liz Woodruff, Chamberlain, 30; 8. Kristyn Novotny, Winner, 29.2; 9. Erin Briggs, Stanley Co., 29.15; 10. Katie Connors, Vermillion, 28.75.

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