|1/31/2013 11:51:00 AM|
'Cats cruise past Heights
By JEFF NORTON
Chisago Lakes 124.125, Columbia Heights 100.250
A match up with Columbia Heights in gymnastics the past few years has been a glorified practice for the Chisago Lakes Wildcats. The Hylanders rarely crack 100 points, and it really just gives the Wildcat girls a chance to try some new and different skills in a dual meet setting. This year was no different.
“We put in some of our new skills at this meet,” Head Coach Brett Kjos said. “Some were successful, others not so much. With some hard work over the next few weeks, though, these skills will be ready for sections.”
The Wildcats best event of the night was their vaults. All five girls scored over eight points, led by Sam Thomsen’s 8.400. Betsy Howerton, Courtney Schlegel, Reba Berg and Alicia Sokol were the other competitors in the event. On the floor exercise, Sokol turned in an 8.325 and Thomsen scored a 7.950 to led the Wildcats.
Thomsen was again the pace setter for the Wildcats on the balance beam, scoring an 8.200 as the only girl over eight in the event. On the uneven bars is where some of the new skills didn’t quite translate to live action yet. The girls scored a season-low 28.425 on it, registering only one score over 7.5, which was Reba Berg’s 7.550. In the all-around, Thomsen finished first with a 31.700, Berg was second with a 30.700 and Howerton finished with 28.850 points.
The ‘Cats finish out their North Suburban Conference schedule with a home meet against Irondale on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. That will be their last varsity dual meet before sections begins on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The junior varsity conference meet will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m.