Blessed without the spectre of an oncoming winter storm such as happened a year ago, 10 gymnastics teams from far corners of the state came to Vermillion High School Dec. 30, and when a day of competition was finished, Milbank from the far northeast was the champion, Hot Springs from the far southwest was runner-up, and Chamberlain from the center of the state was third.
The Winter Wonderland meet saw the host Tanagers accumulate 116.1 team points to place fifth, a point and a half behind fourth-place Britton-Hecla and ahead of Stanley County, Sisseton, Wagner, West Central and Sioux Falls Washington.
Milbank's Courtney Trapp was the day's all-around champion with a 34.8 total score. Tanager all-around contestants' figures were 29.05 for Rory Tucker, 28.25 for Jamie Moos, 28.0 for Cheyenne Mallory and 27.85 for Morgan Hower.
Tucker was the only Vermillion gymnast to place in the top 10 in any of the four individual events, and she did it twice. She was fourth in floor exercise with an 8.65 score and 10th on the balance beam with a 7.6 count.
Trapp won the floor exercise at 9.4. Stanley County's Shelby Gienger was the beam champ at 8.95. Vanzi Knippling, Chamberlain, won the vault at 9.05. Chamberlain's Marilyn Nasomwat was the bars winner at 8.25.
Other VHS individual scores:
Beam: Moos 6.5, Mallory 5.95, Jade Fostvedt 5.8, Maddie Mockler 5.65, Hower 5.6.
Floor exercise: Mallory 7.95, Fostvedt 7.8, Moos 7.6, Alexis Reich 7.2, Hower 6.9.
Bars: Hower 7.25, Ellie Glover 6.8, Moos 6.55, Mallory 5.85, Tucker 5.55, Mockler 4.95.
Vault: Hower 8.1, Mallory 7.85, Reich 7.85, Moos 7.6, Anna Hammond 7.5, Tucker 7.25.
The Tanager gymnasts travel to Fort Pierre for Stanley County's invitational this Saturday, then host Madison for a dual Tuesday.