The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta gymnasts hosted Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Thursday, Jan. 12.
The varsity Tigers dropped their second West Central Conference meet of the season to the always tough Braves team 122.55-109.2.
"It was nice to have a home meet," said coach Trent Oberg. "It has been awhile; our last home meet was the Tiger Invitational on Dec. 10.
"It seemed like our first meet of the season - we were all over the place - chaos," added Oberg. "It was not like us.
Going into the meet, Kourtney Giese and Hailey Kotts were ranked in the top 15 of the conference.
This is based upon a point system that accrues for each WCC meet. Points are earned based upon the place in which a gymnast finishes - first place receives five points, second place receives four points, and so on. At the end of the season the gymnasts with the top 15 scores receive All-Conference Honors, with the next 10 scores receiving Honorable Mention.
"Giese and Kotts have a chance at earning one of these awards - it has been a few years since we have had a Tiger gymnast receive those honors," explained Oberg.
"Injuries hit us hard this week," explained Oberg.
"Laura Kuhn was working her beam dismount and landed funny," Oberg said. "She hurt her ankle and is out for awhile.
"We were anticipating the return of Paige Schieler to varsity action," added Oberg. "Injuries have been an issue and we gave her time off to heal. Paige was very excited and ready to get back in the 'groove'. Unfortunately, it was not to be - during warm-ups on floor, Paige landed wrong and hurt her ankles.
"This was a big blow to the entire team," added Oberg. "It seemed to suck the energy out of us.
"Once again thanks for our team depth. We had to scramble to fill in spots," Oberg said. "The girls are very willing to step up when it is needed. As coaches, we greatly appreciate that.
"Our original plan of competition was out the window."
Several JV gymnasts moved up to varsity competition including seventh grader Savannah Aanerud, who got some great varsity experience.
"We showed some big improvements on the uneven bars at both the varsity and junior varsity levels," Oberg said. "It's nice to see. That has been our weaker event, but hopefully we have changed the tide now.
"New tricks and combinations, routine adjustments, inner squad push - all has helped improve the scores."
"Kourtney Giese had a beautiful beam routine and looked very solid," said Oberg. "Her efforts were rewarded with a first-place finish.
"Her bar routine was amazing as well, finishing in second place with a personal-best score of 7.35.
"Hailey Kotts stuck her beam routine for the third meet in a row," said Oberg. "We are working on increasing her difficulty. She looks confident and we need to push her a little more to help increase the score.
"MicKenley Nagel brought the team to their feet with her floor routine," explained Oberg. "She wowed us all and performed with a lot of confidence. She was shaking with excitement and set a new personal best, which had been set two days before."
The event total on bars was a season high with a 24.9.
Giese on bars with a 7.35
Noel Schieler on bars with a 4.75
Nagel on floor with a 7.1
Aanerud on floor with a 6.95
Kirsten Scheldorf and Elizabeth Golombiecki performed for the first time in their gymnastics career; Scheldorf at floor and Golombiecki at vault.
"Both did a nice job," Oberg said. "I did not see any nerves or they 'masked' them well."
The event total on bars was a season high, improving by 1.25 to a 16.3.
The team score was also a season high with an 86.6.
"Kendra Jergenson continues to improve and set a new personal best in all-around competition, earning her second place."
There were several other Tiger gymnasts receiving top five finishes in JV competition: Katie Cannon, Kindra Cannon, Paige Loew, Aanerud, Anna Grove, and Darby Beyer.
Golombiecki on vault with a 6.0
Katie Cannon tied her PB on vault with a 7.6
Jergenson on vault with a 7.7, tied her PB on bars with a 3.7, set a new PB in all-around with a 21.3.
Loew on bars with a 4.2 and beam with a 5.4
Kindra Cannon on bars with a 4.4
Nicole Hansen on bars with a 3.8
Carly Maanum on bars with a 3.7
Caitlyn Guffey on beam with a 4.0
Grove on floor with a 6.0
Scheldorf on floor with a 3.4
Karli Siegel on floor with a 3.5