TROJAN GYMNASTICS: JCC too strong for Worthington
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojans had a solid performance, but the Jackson County Central Huskies were a little better during a Southwest Conference gymnastics meet Tuesday at The Old Armory.
Sydnee Donnelli (36.625 points), Brandi Sether-Hassing (36.525) and Adriane Rentschler (35.000) occupied the top three spots in the all-around to propel JCC past Worthington 142.2-135.
"I love that our girls have shown some consistent team perfomances and scores. That's what we're looking for at this time of the season," Huskies head coach Tammy Handevidt said. "Our highest score this season is a 142.8. I am happy that we stayed in that range. We have a goal to surpass the 143-point mark."
Paige Kinley (34.975) placed fourth in the all-around for WHS.
The victory puts JCC (11-0 overall, 5-0 Southwest Conference) in position to win the league title. Worthington (6-3, 5-1) is a half-game back in the standings as the Huskies have one final conference meet at Pipestone Area at 6 p.m. Friday.
"Jackson (County Central) is a very tough team, but we performed well, too," Trojans head coach Joni Reitmeier said. "We had too many falls on the balance beam, and that hurt us. The floor exercise is one of stronger events, but we were not as strong there tonight."
The 135 points scored by the Trojans were the second-highest amount in a dual meet this season. Worthington piled up 137.65 points in a victory against Luverne on Jan. 25.
Donnelli won the vault with a 9.475, placed second in the floor exercise to Kinley (9.375-9.325), finished third in the balance beam (9.075) and tied for third in the uneven parallel bars with Rentschler (8.750).
Sether-Hassing claimed first in two events -- the balance beam (9.550) and the uneven parallel bars (8.975) --and third in the floor exercise (9.200).
Rentschler added a fourth-place effort on the balance beam (8.575).
"Our strength right now is our depth," Handvidt said. "The placings can change between the girls on any given night, but our depth is what keeps us strong."
Worthington's strongest event was the vault, where the Trojans placed second, third and fourth. Kinley led that group with a 9.225, followed by Maria Contreras (8.925) and Liz Hayenga (8.850).
"The vault was a highlight for us," Reitmeier said. "Everybody had a great vault. It was one of our better vault nights. We also had great bar rountines and some good beam and floor routines. We just need to put it all together."
Kinley topped the field during the floor exercise (9.375) and added a second-place performance on the uneven parallel bars (8.775).
Hayenga was the only Worthington athlete to place on the uneven parallel bars. She was the runner-up with a 9.300.
Reitmeier was excited about the effort of the Trojans.
"I could not be more proud," Reitmeier said. "It's not always about winning because it's about the heart and competing to the best of your abilities. I feel like we did that tonight."
Worthington performed without Anna Koepsell, one of the Trojans who regularly places in the all-around. She has been sidelined with a leg injury. Kara Honius (floor exercise, uneven parallel bars and balance beam) and Rachel Spartz (vault) stepped into the WHS lineup for Koepsell.
1. Sydnee Donnelli (JCC) 36.625; 2. Brandi Sether-Hassing (JCC) 36.525; 3. Adriane Rentschler (JCC) 35.000; 4. Paige Kinley (W) 34.975.
1. Donelli (JCC) 9.475; 2. Kinley (W) 9.225; 3. Maria Contreras (W) 8.925; 4. Liz Hayenga (W) 8.850.
Uneven Parallel Bars
1. Sether-Hassing (JCC) 8.975; 2. Kinley (W) 8.775; 3. (tie) Donelli (JCC) and Rentschler (JCC) 8.750; 4. Abby Schneekloth (JCC) 7.775.
1. Sether-Hassing (JCC) 9.550; 2. Hayenga (W) 9.300; 3. Donelli (JCC) 9.075; 4. Rentschler (JCC) 8.575.
1. Kinley (W) 9.375; 2. Donelli (JCC) 9.325; 3. Sether-Hassing (JCC) 9.200; 4. Brooklyn Schuett (JCC) 9.175.