VHS gymnasts entertain 8 teams at Winter Wonderland

VHS gymnasts entertain 8 teams at Winter Wonderland
The Tanager gymnastics team hosted the seventh annual Winter Wonderland on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

The real wonder was � where is the winter? With temperatures in the 40s and

intermittent sunshine, it hardly seemed like December!

There were eight schools represented at the meet which began at 11:30 a.m. at the VHS gym, decorated in a holiday motif with large imitation snowflakes and a Christmas tree covered with

silver ornaments, to create a festive atmosphere for the holiday season.

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

With over 80 gymnasts and a necessary eight rotation format, the meet was completed in four and a half hours and 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 grade � Mechaela Melbrech, West Central, 23.48 sec.; Eighth � Emily LaBrie, Clark, 13.93 sec.; Freshmen � Tia Krier, Vermillion, 15.76 sec.; Sophomores � Calle Sorensen, Vermillion, 50.59 sec.; Juniors � Kayla Avera, Britton, 73 sec.; Seniors � Angie O'Neil, Clark, 50.78 sec.; and Alumni � Elizabeth Sinclair, Milbank, 24.64 sec. Each winner was presented a stuffed animal for a prize. Avera also received a trophy as the "grand champion" of the contest.

In the regular competition, the top 10 scorers in each of the four events and all-around were recognized, with the first eight awarded a place medal. The final team results were: Vermillion � 122.15; Britton � 121.7; Milbank � 117.99; Chamberlain � 107.7; Clark � 105.9; Winner � 101.65; West Central � 95; and Wagner � 92.55.

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

Beam

1. Whitney Knippling, Chamberlain, 8.7; 2. Ariel Hofman, Vermillion, 8.6; 2. Amanda Jones, Britton, 8.6; 4. Samantha Dvorak, Wagner, 8.4; 5. Amy Kenobbie, Chamberlain, 8.2; 6. Erin Holtquist, Milbank, 8.1; 7. Samantha Moser, Winner, 8.05; 8. Amy Mart, Vermillion, 8; 9. Tristen Upward, Vermillion, 7.95; 10. Tyra Gefroh, Britton, 7.9.

Floor exercise

1. Ariel Hofman, 8.9; 2. Samantha Dvorak, 8.15; 3. Katie Boehnke, Clark, 7.65; 4. Kala Avera, Britton, 7.5; 5. Amanda Jones, 7.4; 6. Whitney Knippling, 7.35; 6. Tia Krier, Vermillion, 7.35; 8. Ramy Hagen, Britton, 7.2; 8. Samantha Moser, 7.2; 10. Jody Hamman, Milbank, 7.05.

Bars

1. Erin Holtquist, 8.15; 2. Whitney Knippling, 8; 3. Ariel Hofman, 7.95; 3. Kelly Wismer, Britton, 7.95; 5. Ashley Kirkegaard, Britton, 7.7; 6. Calle Sorensen, Vermillion, 7.5; 6. Raychel Lorenz, Vermillion, 7.5; 8. Rhianna Tuchscherer, Milbank, 7.45; 9. Emily Renner, Vermillion, 7.35; 10. Samantha Moser, 7.3.

Vault

1. Samantha Dvorak, 8.4; 1. Erin Holtquist, 8.4; 3. Mindy Novak, West Central, 8.35; 3. Whitney Knippling, 8.35; 5. Kelli Kann, Britton, 8.25; 5. Amanda Jones, 8.25; 7. Ariel Hofman, 8.2; 8. Angie O'Neill, Clark, 8.15; 9. Jamie Flynn, Winner, 8.1; 9. Jody Hamman, 8.1; 9. Kala Avera, 8.1.

All-Around

1. Ariel Hofman, 33.65; 2. Whitney Knippling, 32.4; 3. Samantha Dvorak, 31.65; 4. Erin Holtquist, 31.25; 5. Samantha Moser, 30.55; 6. Kala Avera, 30.5; 7. Katie Boehnke, 30.1; 8. Amanda Jones, 28.95; 9. Jody Hamman, 28; 9. Mindy Novak, 28.

"We finally hit on all for events," Upward said. "We worked hard on beam and that provided positive results."

(Note � the Tanagers reduced their falls in beam from 11 in their first meet in Wagner, to only four in this tournament.)

It was an exciting meet as three teams were in position to win going into the final rotation. Britton went to the vault having earned 89.05 points, Vermillion headed for the toughest event (beam), with 92.15 points, and Milbank was on floor for their final rotation with 89.9 points.

"I told the girls that the meet was ours to win as they

got ready for the beam," Upward said. "It has always been our best event and today we finally realized the fruits of our labor."

Individual Tanager scores and team totals (top four) in each event are listed below:

Emily Renner � bars, 7.35.

Calle Sorensen � bars, 7.5; floor, 4.1; vault, 7.1.

Tia Krier � bars, 5.0; floor, 7.35.

Heather Zimmerman � beam, 7.45; vault, 7.1.

DeNell Dykstra � beam, 7.5.

Amy Mart � beam, 8.0.

Stacey Joy � floor, 2.9; vault, 7.2.

Tristen Upward � beam, 7.95; floor, 6.65; vault, 7.4.

Raychel Lorenz � bars, 7.5; beam, 6.15; floor, 6.6; vault, 7.5; all-around, 27.75.

Ariel Hofman � bars, 7.95; beam, 8.6; floor, 8.9; vault, 8.2; all-around, 33.65.

Totals � bars, 30.3; beam, 32.05; floor, 29.5; vault, 30.3.

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