The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta gymnastics team hosted Ortonville for the final dual meet of the season on Tuesday, Jan. 31. It was parents' night and captains' night at the Morris gym.
"With the team depth that we have, there are not enough spots to have everyone compete at each meet," explained coach Trent Oberg. "We had some extra time before the meet began so we had many of the younger gymnasts perform their respective routine at each of the events. This gave them an opportunity to show what they have been working on in practice and to experience a meet setting without the 'score' pressure.
"There has been a lot of growth and improvement in the team. Several of the gymnasts were making some big improvements in the last week - so it was hard to think that the JV season was coming to an end.
"In both the junior varsity and varsity competition, we were able to earn several top-five finishes.
"Kourtney Giese came out and wowed the crowd with a phenomenal floor routine that earned her a second 8 of the season with a score of 8.45," said Oberg. "Her coaches and teammates were jumping on the sidelines during her entire routine.
"MicKenley Nagel has been working very hard on her floor routine, increasing her level of difficulty on her jumps, leaps and turns earning her a 6.75," Oberg said. "Her tumbling passes were watered down to protect the sore knee she has been battling. Once she is able to return with her full tumbling passes the sky is the limit.
"Hailey Kotts has been working a number of new leaps and jumps into her floor routine and continues to improve and impress us with her willingness to try many new tricks.
Giese received four first-place finishes out of a possible five - taking first at the vault, bars (with a new personal-best score of 7.55), floor, and in all-around.
"Kotts also did a nice job with two second-place finishes and two third.
Kendra Buro and Abby Travis also placed during the meet.
Carly Maanum stuck her beam routine.
"With the upcoming West Central Conference Meet at New London- Spicer on Feb. 11 and the Section 6A Meet at Melrose on the Feb. 18, we will be focusing on cleaning up and perfecting our routines," Oberg explained. "It was not an easy decision to reduce the squad. Everyone has played a key role in the success of our season. We just need to have more time with the varsity gymnasts. There will be a lot of drills, tumbling and performances of full routines over the next few weeks. Consistency will be a huge factor."
"We were really trying to break the school JV team record - having just missed it by .05 the previous meet," explained Oberg. "Unfortunately it was not meant to be. There is next season.
"At vault, Emily Moser took first place with a new vault that we have been working," Oberg added. "Several of the gymnasts had some new vaults to try - it was nice to see the change of adding some twisting elements.
"Savannah Aanerud had a good night receiving first place on the bars and in all-around."
Katie Cannon took first-place honors at the floor.
Kendra Jergenson, Shala Nyvold, Carly Maanum and Anna Grove also placed with their respective routines.
Moser, Nicole Hansen and Aanerud stuck their beam routines.
Maanum on bars - 4.2
Hansen on beam - 3.5
Cassidy Fehr on floor - 5.5
Kirsten Scheldorf on floor - 4.0
Karli Siegel on floor - 5.5