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Gymnastics: Worthington back again at state

MINNEAPOLIS -- It may be a stretch to say that the Worthington Trojans might challenge for the 2019 state Class A team gymnastics championship this week, but nevertheless, the Section 3A titleists hope to improve on last year's eighth-place showing.

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS -- It may be a stretch to say that the Worthington Trojans might challenge for the 2019 state Class A team gymnastics championship this week, but nevertheless, the Section 3A titleists hope to improve on last year’s eighth-place showing.

Suffice to say, the Trojans are already winners. They captured their fifth consecutive state team tournament berth last weekend in Redwood Falls, and they also qualified Gracia Elias, McKenna Prunty, Hali Bullerman, Mekyla Nystrom, Kara Thuringer and Taylor Eggers for the individual tournament.

The Class A team tourney begins at 11 a.m. Friday at Maturi Pavilion at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Individual competition is set for 11 a.m. Saturday.

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Class AA team events commence at 6 p.m. Friday, with individual events set for 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Trojans already have their fifth straight Section 3A title secured. On Friday, Detroit Lakes will attempt to win its fifth straight state Class A championship. With six gymnasts returning who competed in last year’s state tournament, the Lakers are a strong threat to win it again.

Watertown-Mayer/Mound Westonka, Mahtomedi, Sartell-St. Stephen, Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa, Willmar and Worthington also return from the previous year.

In 2018, Detroit Lakes won all four events en route to winning its fourth straight team championship, finishing with a score of 150.925. Worthington scored a solid 141.075.

In the 2019 section meet, the Trojans won easily, garnering 141.750 points. Martin County Area was a distant second with a 133.675, and Jackson County Central was third with 133.350.

JCC will be represented by Carson Schneekloth in the individual tournament.

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Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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