Vermillion gymnasts need time to heal

Tanager gymnast Rory Tucker performs on the balance beam during Vermillions dual with West Central, held in the VHS gym. (Photo by David Lias)

Vermillion Highs gymnasts have almost another full week before their next competition, and that's a good thing as some mid-season injuries need time to heal.

The Tanagers were without one of their ace gymnasts, Amber Walker, due to injury last week as they competed in a dual against West Central and a tournament at Fort Pierre.

Our other gymnasts just have to step up, said Coach Mark Upward.

Vermillion lost narrowly in the West Central dual at the VHS gym by a count of 115.25 to 114.9. Elly Melby of the Tanagers emerged as the all-around champion with a 32.55 total score. She won three events the beam at 8.05, floor exercise at 8.5 and the vault at 9.0 and placed second on the bars at 7.0.

Jamie Moos placed fifth in the all-around standings with a 27.0 score. Her best finish was a third on the bars with a 6.5 score.

The Tanagers placed fifth in Stanley County's Hula Luau tournament last Saturday with 122.35 points. The host school won the team title with 133.20 points, followed by Hot Springs at 128.45, Chamberlain at 125.65 and Wall-Kadoka at 125.30.

Vermillions next action will be a dual at Yankton next Thursday.

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