By Scott Bormann
With a new coach and several underclassmen, the Vermillion gymnastics team should provide us with some very exciting competition this season.
“We have a great group of girls this year,” said Coach Skye Bork. Many may be tempted to say that this will be a rebuilding year, but the team doesn’t see it that way.
The team will be lead by returning veterans Anna Hammond, Cheyenne Mallory, Anneliese Taggart, Hope Kneddler and Shayla Kiertzner that helped the team to its sixth place finish at State last year. Anna will be competing in the all-around, and is expected to really push the competition all year long.
New to the varsity team are Morgan Graham, Maddie Lavin and Carter Williams. “They have been working hard to prepare for the season,” said Coach Bork, “and still have room to grow.”
The mix of veterans and novices, the team has great hope for this season and for the future.
Their first meet was Dec 3 at Sioux Falls Lincoln. Look for the results in next week’s paper.
“After that, we have a week and a half to prepare for the Wagner Invitational on Dec. 14 where we will see most of our region,” said Bork. “This is a really important meet because we will be able to see where our competition is starting and what they have lost or gained this year.”
With new region alignments that span the entire state, and the new Dakota XII Conference, the Tanagers will have new and exciting competition. Region 2A is made up of Hot Springs,Wall/Kadoka, Stanley County, Chamberlain, Wagner, Alcester-Hudson and Vermillion.
“In order for our team to qualify (for State), we must be in the top two teams at our regional meet or score in the next five from both regions combined,” said Bork. “I am hopeful our team will qualify for state and that we come away with at least sixth again this year.”