Gymnastic dual brings out best in both teams

There's nothing like a Vermillion-Yankton gymnastics dual to bring out the best in both teams.  Such was the case again last Thursday as the Tanagers narrowly lost a dual to the Yankton-Bon Homme team, 131.25 to 129.65, in Yankton.

Coach Mark Upward was pleased at his team's total score, beating considerably the previous high of 124 points earlier this winter.

The Tanagers were buoyed by the return from injury of Amber Walker.  Vermillion bested Y-BH in total team scores in both the vault and the floor exercise.

Walker won the all-around competition with a 34.40 score, topping Y-BH's Sam Wampol, who had 33.80.  Elly Melby of VHS was fourth at 32.30, and Jamie Moos finished eighth at 28.60.

Walker won on the balance beam and in floor exercise while Melby won the vault and Wampol won on the uneven parallel bars.  Walker was also second in vault and fourth on bars.  Melby won the vault, placed third on bars and fourth in floor, and finished 11th on beam, a bit deceiving considering a couple falls dropped her deep in the standings in the event.  Wampol won the bars, was second on floor, and placed third on beam and vault.

Upward was also pleased at his junior varsity girls who, he said, continue to apply pressure to the varsity athletes to continue to do their best.  The Tanager JVs dropped their dual to Yankton-Bon Homme, 101.2 to 93.8.  Hope Knedler at third and Cheyenne Mallory at fourth were VHS's best in the all-around standings.

VHS results in the varsity dual:

Vault:  1, Elly Melby 9.0; 2, Amber Walker 8.95; 6, Morgan Hower 8.5; 10, Jamie Moos 8.0; 11, Kanyon Hower 7.55.

Bars:  3, Melby 8.2; 4, Walker 8.05; 6, Morgan Hower 7.95; 10, Moos 6.6; 11, Grace Olson 6.2; 12, Ellie Glover 5.75; 13, Maddie Mockler 2.85.

Beam: 1, Walker 8.4; 4, Jade Fostvedt 7.75; 6, Rory Tucker 7.55; 11, Melby 6.5; 12, Kanyon Hower 6.45; 13, Moos 6.35.

Floor exercise: 1, Walker 9.0; 4, Melby 8.6; 5, Tucker 8.55; 8, Fostvedt 8.05; 10, Kanyon Hower 7.8; 11, Moos 7.65.

VHS results in the JV dual:

All-around: 3, Hope Knedler 22.05; 4, Cheyenne Mallory 21.45; 6, Maddie Mockler 18.7; 8, Morgan Hower 13.45; 9, Teddi Settles 12.4.

Vault:  2, Mallory 7.9; 6, Settles 7.45; 8, Mockler 7.3; 12, Knedler 7.15; 13, Michaela Olson 6.0; 14, Shayla Kiertzner 5.7.

Bars: 2, Settles 4.95; 6, Knedler 4.05; 7, Olson 3.4; 8, Sydney Kronaizl 3.35; 9, Savannah Lindquist 3.3; 11, Kristen Johnson 2.85; 12, Mallory 2.8.

Beam: 1, Morgan Hower 6.05; 3, Mockler 5.5; 10, Knedler 4.1; 11, Mallory 4.0; 12, Kiertzner 2.0.

Floor exercise: 2, Glover 7.7; 4, Morgan Hower 7.4; 6, Knedler 6.75; 7, Mallory 6.75; 10, Mockler 5.9.

Wagner Invitational

 Stanley County, which hasn't lost a meet involving solely Class "A" teams all season, won the rescheduled Wagner Invitational Saturday but escaped Vermillion's challenge by a mere 35 hundredths of a point, 129.9 to 129.55.  Chamberlain made it an interesting three-team race, placing third at 129.0.

The Tanagers' one-two punch of Elly Melby and Amber Walker came through with flying colors, placing third and fourth in the all-around standings with respective scores of 33.75 and 33.7.  Lexi Lopour of Stanley County was the champion at 34.5 with Chamberlain's Brittni Kirkpatrick second at 33.8.

On the uneven parallel bars, won by Lopour at 8.2, Melby was fourth at 7.95.  Kirkpatrick won on the balance beam at 9.25 with Walker third (8.75) and Melby fifth (8.55).

Stanley County's Shelby Gienger was the floor exercise winner at 9.3.  Walker placed third at 8.75 and Melby fifth at 8.55.  In the vault, won by Wagner's Sydney Breen at 8.8, Melby was a close second at 8.7 and Walker right behind her in third at 8.6.

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