Madison Bulldog gymnasts defeat Tanagers

Madison's never-ending gymnastics road show came to Vermillion Tuesday night, and the Bulldogs showed that no time soon will their stranglehold on Class "A" gymnastics in the state come to an end.

Seeking their 16th straight state championship next month, the Bulldog gymnasts defeated their Vermillion counterparts in a dual at the VHS gym, 140.25 to 115.85.

For Coach Mark Upward's Tanagers it was their first competition in two weeks because a dual at West Central and a trip to a tournament at Stanley County were both wiped away by winter weather and school closures last week.

Two Madison gymnasts staged a personal duel for top all-around honors in Tuesday's dual.  Laura Blom edged teammate Lexi Finch by a tenth of a point, 35.65 to 35.55, for the top finish.

So far as the Tanagers are concerned, junior Elly Melby represented VHS well.  She tied for first place in the vault event with a 9.1 score and was fifth in floor exercise at 8.05.  In the all-around standings she finished in fifth place with a 31.45 score.

The schedule calls for the Tanagers to be at home for the rest of the regular season – next Thursday against Yankton/Bon Homme and Feb. 1 against Wagner and West Central.

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