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Tigers host section gymnastics in finale

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The Morris Area gymnastics team wrapped up a successful season by participating in the West Central Conference meet in Benson on Feb. 12 and hosting the Section 6A meet on Feb. 19.

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"We as coaches were very impressed with the growth and depth of the team this season," coach Trent Oberg said. "It was hard to accept that the season was done. It went very fast and the gymnasts made a lot of improvements. Many of the gymnasts wanted to keep going. They're already looking forward to next season.

"I can honestly say that this was the best season the Tiger gymnastics program has had in the last five plus years," added Oberg. "Way to go ladies. Congratulations!"

West Central Conference Meet

The Tigers participated in the West Central Conference meet in Benson on Feb. 12.

Final Team Standings: 1. Melrose

2. New London-Spicer

3. Paynesville/EV-W

4. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 5. Benson/K-M-S

6. Morris Area

"We had competed against these teams during the season in dual meet settings," explained Oberg. "The regular-season wins and losses are then added to the WCC Meet wins and losses to create an overall wins and loss record to determine the Conference Champion.

"It was a good meet for us," said Oberg. " We had not had a meet for a while and practices were varsity only. This gave us some time to really focus on the routines and tricks of the gymnasts - even gave us time to experiment with new tricks and combinations.

"The vault and floor exercises were great to watch. The girls performed very well and 'wowed' us with their scores. They were having fun.

"Amanda Moser had the performance of her life on floor. We were very proud of her," said Oberg. "She had been working extra hard with her tumbling and jumps."

Amanda Moser set a new personal best at floor.

"Amanda set her pb on floor by .5 point," said assistant coach Jodi Snell. "It was one of the most rewarding moments for a coach. Seeing the excitement and sharing in that moment, there are no words to describe how you feel."

"The uneven bars went well," Oberg added. " We had some new tricks, release moves and connections to show. We were pleased with the efforts the girls gave.

"The balance beam was not kind to us," Oberg said. "We just could not stay on the beam. The bobbles and wobbles add up fast. We seemed unsure of ourselves - nervous.

"Beam is the event that all teams and gymnasts struggle with."

Rachel Moser stuck her beam routine.

Hailey Kotts set a new personal best at vault and in all-around.

Paige Schieler set a new personal best at vault.

Kourtney Giese set new personal bests at vault, floor, and in all-around.

The vault team event total was a season high, as was the floor team event total.

The Tigers' team total was a season high.

Rachel Moser, Kourtney Giese, and Cammi Aanerud finished in the top 25 gymnasts of the WCC. Points are earned throughout the season by placing in the top five of an event during a WCC dual meet. First place receives five points, second place receives four points, and so on. At the WCC Meet, the point values double - thus the top 10 at each event receive points. First place receives ten points, second place receives nine points, and so on. The top 15 point totals are named to the All-Conference Team with the next five receiving Honorable Mention. Rachel, Kourtney, and Cammi finished twenty-first, twenty-second, and twenty-third, respectively; just missing the Honorable Mention.

Tiger gymnasts Hailey Kotts and Paige Schieler were in the top 30 gymnasts. All in all, Morris Area had a great showing in the overall standings.

Section 6A

Gymnastics Meet

Morris Area hosted the Section 6A Gymnastics Meet on Saturday, Feb. 19 at Morris Area Elementary School.

It was only the second time in the history of the gymnastics program that the Tigers organized and ran this event. The first time was in 2009.

"A lot of work and preparation goes into this event - it was definitely a team effort," explained Oberg. "A special thanks to all that helped.

"We were very excited about the meet. 'Happily Ever After' was the theme. Decorations were based upon movies and characters - Princesses."

The event was a State Meet qualifier with the top four gymnasts in each event advancing to state; as well as the top team.

Participating teams were Benson/K-M-S, Litchfield, Melrose, Morris Area, New London-Spicer, Ortonville, Paynesville/EV-Watkins, Sartell/St. Stephen, and Willmar.

"We had not competed against some of these schools during the season," Oberg said. "It was the last meet of the season - time to let loose and go for it.

"It was a fun meet to watch - to 'sit back' and watch the gymnasts perform - with the main goal of doing their best while having fun."

Kotts stuck her beam routine and set a new personal best at all-around.

Giese set three new personal bests - vault, bars, and floor.

"On floor, Kourtney went out and nailed her front-front with a bit more bounce than she was ready for," said Snell.

Coach Snell received the Section 6A Assistant Coach of the Year Award. This is voted upon by the coaches of the section.

"She is very deserving of this award," Oberg said. "We appreciate all that she has done for the Tiger gymnastics program."

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