Tanager gymnasts host meet, place fifth

�Winter Wonderland� was an appropriate name for Vermillion High School's annual invitational gymnastics meet last Thursday as the competition was rushed to completion as fast as possible so that eight out-of-town teams could head for home in an attempt to beat the oncoming statewide storm.

Stanley County's gymnasts went home with the team title, scoring 126.15 points to top Hot Springs by .50 as the Bison scored 125.75.  The host Tanagers came in fifth among the nine, posting a 121.60 score behind Britton/Hecla's 123.90 and Chamberlain's 122.40.  Other scores were Wagner's 119.15, Milbank's 113.81, Wall/Kadoka's 111.45 and West Central's 111.10.

Stanley County's Shelby Gienger was the all-around champion with a 34.80 total score, followed by Carlie Weiss of Hot Springs at 33.85.  Elly Melby of the Tanagers came in third with a 33.5 score.  Another hometown gymnast, Amber Walker, placed ninth in the all-around at 31.7.

Gienger had first-place finishes in the floor exercise and beam en route to her all-around title, and Weiss won on the bars.  Melby kept the vault championship at home at VHS with a 9.1 score in that event.  She was also second in floor exercise at 8.75, fifth on the bars at 7.8 and seventh on the beam at 7.85.  Walker placed fifth in the vault at 8.65 and sixth in floor exercise at 8.6.

VHS scores in each event:

Beam:  Melby 7.85, Walker 7.45, Jade Fostvedt 7.05, Rory Tucker 6.1, Kanyon Hower 5.55, Cassie Donahoe 4.1.

Floor exercise:  Melby 8.75, Walker 8.6, Tucker 7.95, Fostvedt 7.8, Jamie Moos 6.95, Alexis Reich 5.4.

Bars:  Melby 7.8, Walker 7.0, Morgan Hower 5.9, Grace Olson 5.25, Maddie Mockler 4.1, Moos 3.95.

Vault:  Melby 9.1, Walker 8.65, Morgan Hower 8.2, Moos 8.15, Kanyon Hower 8.1, Reich 7.5

The Tanager gymnasts were home for the last time in the regular season last night against West Central.  On Saturday they make the long trek to Fort Pierre for Stanley County's invitational meet.

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