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Gymnastics: Trojans surpass 136, Kinley leads the way

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe Worthington Trojan gymnast Liz Hayenga leaps high above the beam during her routine Thursday night in Worthington.2 / 2

WORTHINGTON —The Worthington gymnastics team impressed everyone mightily at their home opener Thursday night at the local armory.

The Trojans defeated Hendricks in a non-conference tussle 136.375 to 124.8.

“Tonight went awesome. A 136 is our highest score so far this year,” Worthington head coach Joni Reitmeier said. “The girls performed outstanding and the exciting thing is that we still have things to work on.”

Winning all four events for the night was Worthington’s Paige Kinley.

Kinley, as her team’s only senior, won vault with a 9.075, bars with an 8.60, beam with a 9.225 and floor exercise with an impressive routine that earned a 9.425.

Kinley’s all-around score of 36.325 is her career record.

“I thought my night went well. I made all of my passes on my floor routine and that got me really excited,” Kinley said. “I felt like that was one of my better routines I’ve ever done and it was one of my highest scores I’ve ever had.”

Hendricks claimed second, third and fourth place on bars behind Kinley, but the Trojans gained second place routines from seventh-grader Taylor Eggers (8.5) on beam and Whitney Jensen (9.125) on floor exercise. Jensen was fourth on beam (7.825). Maria Contreras (9.00) finished third on vault.

Jensen’s floor routine was one of the many strong performances that stuck in Reitmeier’s memory after the meet.

“Paige had a tremendous night and was outstanding, Whitney had a phenomenal floor routine and we had a good vault from Maria (Contreras),” Reitmeier said. “All of the girls vaulted well.”

The Trojans go to Christmas break now with a 4-0 record. The time off before their next meet, scheduled for Jan. 4 in Marshall, will give the gymnasts time to prepare for a tough stretch of the season.

“We still had some falls on balance beam and some falls on the floor,” Reitmeier said. “We need to clean that up, but that is the exciting thing about starting our season this way. We know there is more to come. As a coach, that makes me really excited.

“The meat of our season is in January,” Reitmeier said. “You want to be at your peak when Feb. 1 hits and you’re getting ready for that section tournament.”

In junior varsity competition, the Trojans defeated Hendricks 111.5-52.45.

Jackson County Central 134.535, Blue Earth Area 120.925

WINNEBAGO —Sophomore Haley Bass won two individual events and captured the all-around competition, leading Jackson County Central past Blue Earth Area.

Bass won the uneven parallel bars with an 8.375 and the vault with an 8.9. She was second on the balance beam (8.525) and third in the floor exercise (8.95). Her first-place all-around score was 34.75.

Jackson County Central teammates Bailey Schneekloth won the beam (9.095) and Brooklyn Schuett the floor (9.3). Schuett was second on bars, with an 8.05, while teammates Riley Schneekloth was second on vault (8.7) and Brielle Scheepstra second on floor (9.1).

In B squad competition, Jackson County Central secured a 118.65 to 66.3 victory.

Windom/Mountain Lake 132.25, Pipestone Area 117.2

WINDOM —Windom/Mountain Lake’s Miki Bolin edged teammate Hannah Kloss with an all-around mark of 34.675 to anchor the Cobras in a win over Pipestone Area.

Bolin won vault (9.0), beam (8.45) and floor exercise (9.225). Kloss took second (8.7) on vault, bars (8.025), and tied for first on floor. Megan Theesfeld won bars (8.125), claimed second on beam (8.275) and was third on floor (7.975).

The Arrows had Riley Mohlenkamp in third place on vault. Kloss (34.125) finished second on all-around with Theesfeld in third (32.525).

In the junior varsity meet, the Cobras defeated Pipestone Area 86.65-81.6.

Caleb Nelson
Caleb Nelson is the Daily Globe sports writer. He hails from southwest Iowa and served as sports editor at the Audubon County Advocate Journal there for 2 ½ years before moving to Worthington in October 2013. Caleb trys to enjoy life and everybody that he meets. He enjoys music, playing guitar and drums, and is an avid sports fan. 
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