Prep gymnastics: Team effort equals Worthington win; Jackson County Central beats Windom/Mountain Lake

WORTHINGTON -- Worthington proved yet again Tuesday night that gymnastics is indeed a team sport.Minutes before the Trojans' home matchup against St. James Area, head coach Joni Reitmeier had to make some changes to the varsity lineup. Alyssa Wil...

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TIM MIDDAGH/DAILY GLOBE Worthington eighth-grader McKenna Prunty goes head over heels during her floor routine Tuesday during the Trojans' home victory over St. James Area.

WORTHINGTON - Worthington proved yet again Tuesday night that gymnastics is indeed a team sport.
Minutes before the Trojans’ home matchup against St. James Area, head coach Joni Reitmeier had to make some changes to the varsity lineup. Alyssa Williams and Marlena Garza were unexpectedly thrown into the varsity lineup to perform on the balance beam and the floor exercise, respectively.
Not only did both of them perform well, they both placed in their event. That helped the Trojans to a convincing 141.325-100.725 Big South Conference victory over the Saints.
“They stepped in and did a great job,” Reitmeier said. “That’s what I love about this team. They are all such good team players.”
Worthington’s depth is something Reitmeier definitely doesn’t take for granted.
“They are a very talented group of young ladies,” she said. “We have 17 girls that, back in the day, I wish I had their talent.”
Williams tallied an 8.425 to take third on the balance beam with Garza earning fourth on the floor at 8.875. Both of those scores were key to a nice, bounce-back performance for Worthington after it struggled at Saturday’s Class A True Team Meet.
Along with the depth, the Trojans feature a nucleus of girls who perform each time out. That was on display Tuesday as well.
Taylor Eggers and McKenna Prunty tied for the top spot in the all-around when both had a four-event total score of 35.950. Kara Thuringer was not far behind at 34.5.
Eggers took the top spot in three of her four events. She won the beam (9.0), the bars (8.65) and the floor (9.425) while also taking fourth in the vault with an 8.875. Prunty took second in all four events. She earned silver on the vault (9.050), the bars (8.625), the beam (8.95) and the floor exercise (9.325). Thuringer won the vault with a 9.1. She also was fourth in the bars (8.35) and third on the floor (9.125).
“Kara, McKenna and Taylor all just had great all-around performances tonight,” Reitmeier said. “They keep getting better night-in and night-out. I can’t tell you how proud I am of my team.”
Rachel Spartz got in the scoring mix as well with an 8.925 on the vault, good for third place. Maria Contreras ended the evening with a third-place score of 8.425 on the bars with Gracia Elias adding a fourth-place finish on the beam at 8.2.

Worthington’s junior varsity was also impressive in a win over the Saints Tuesday. It finished with a final score of 129.150-76.950. Claire Ludes took the all-around title with a 31.500.
The win improved the Trojans’ record to a perfect 9-0 on the season. Friday, they’ll play host to Pipestone Area on Meet the Trojans Night at the Old Armory.
“We will have cool posters and the band will be there,” Reitmeier said. “It should be a lot of fun.”

JCC 138.325, W/ML 123.075
JACKSON - Jackson County Central head coach Cheryl Bass went up against her former team for the first time in a dual Tuesday.
Bass and her Huskies got the upper-hand this time, with JCC taking a 138.325-123.075 victory over Windom/Mountain Lake.
“I saw them at the Sweetheart Meet earlier this season but everything’s so busy there,” said the first-year Huskies’ coach. “The seniors came over and gave me a hug and all of that. A couple of times the coaches caught me cheering for their girls a little bit. It was a lot of fun.”
Abby Schneekloth was the all-around champion for the home team. She tallied up 35.275 points over her four events. That included a first-place finish in the vault (9.375) and the floor exercise (9.15) along with a second-place total of 8.6 on the bars and a third-place beam routine of 8.15.
Cobras freshman Mareah Carlson took second in the all-around with a 33.625. That was helped along in no small part by her win on the balance beam with a 8.975. Amy Muller - one of three W/ML seniors - took third in the all-around at 31.725.
JCC senior Haley Bass won the bars at (8.825) and was second on the vault (9.125). Brielle Scheepstra took second on the floor exercise for the Huskies at 9.075 while also tabbing an 9 on the vault for third place. Makenna Donnelli took third in two events with an 8.025 on the bars and a 9.075 on the floor. Hailey Handevidt picked up a second-place score of 8.9 on the balance beam for JCC.
The Huskies (9-0 overall) host Redwood Valley on Thursday.

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TIM MIDDAGH/DAILY GLOBE Worthington junior Alyssa Williams goes through her routine on the balance beam. She filled in for a teammate after a last-minute lineup change and went on to take third in the event with an 8.425.

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