|2/2/2018 10:47:00 AM|
Chisago Lakes stumbles against STMA
St. Michael-Albertville 137.6-Chisago Lakes 137.225
In this feel good season for Chisago Lakes, they’ve been beating teams they’ve never beaten before, and breaking records that have stood for some time.
But, they suffered their biggest tumble of the season in a narrow loss to St. Michael-Albertville on Thursday, January 25.
The ‘Cats were in position to win, leading going into their final event, the floor routine, but the Knights made up the gap, winning by less than half of a point.
“We did a great job in the meet, which was a battle from start to finish,” Head Coach Brett Kjos said.
Aliah Williams won the all around, the uneven bars and the vault events, keeping her strong season going. She also led the ‘Cats on floor with an 8.650. Claudia Stipe added an 8.525, Elsa Leopold scored an 8.450 and Natalie Silver registered an 8.3 in the floor.
Leopold had the ‘Cats top score on the beam, with an 8.975. She also scored an 8.825 on the uneven bars and an 8.475 on the vault.
On the balance beam, the girls put a score up of 34.025, which was strong coming from where they’ve been in the past. “I only counted one fall on the beam, which is huge this late in the season,” Kjos said.
Stupe and fellow eighth grader Lily Grabow set personal bests on the uneven bars. Another eighth grader, Halle Rhein, also set a PR on the balance beam. “It’s great to see these middle school gymnasts make an impact on the varsity team,” Kjos noted after the meet.
The Wildcats have two meets this week, one non-conference meet against Rush City, and the other a Mississippi 8 Conference tangle with Rogers.
Kjos is going to experiment with the lineup a bit in the non-conference match up to see if he can get the right mix for the best varsity score possible. “The section meet is right around the corner and we need to find our strongest gymnasts to make the section team,” he said