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January 21, 2019

1/3/2019 2:20:00 PM
Tough schedule affords no breaks for the Lady Vikes gymnastic squad

Monticello 136.25, North Branch 131.4
With many new gymnasts dotting the varsity landscape this year, North Branch could’ve used an easier schedule to slowly build up their scores, but they’ve started the season against some of the best gymnastics teams the Mississippi 8 Conference has to offer.

They started the season with a loss to Monticello. The Magic are a top 10 team in Class A, and proved it early by putting up 136.25 points in their first meet.

North Branch had three all around competitors in Ashley Robillard, Paige Bauer and Angela Fish. Each had their own fine moments during the meet, but each had some struggles of varying degrees, also.

Ashely Robillard was the highlight for NB, as she put together four solid scores, including an 8.7 on vault and an 8.6 on the balance beam. She also scored an 8.0 on floor and a 7.8 on the uneven bars.

Paige Bauer had a very nice 9.25 on vault, and an 8.35 on the balance beam, but struggled a little bit on the floor exercise and the uneven bars.

Angie Fish was fairly consistent throughout, putting up between 8.15 and 8.45 on the beam, vault and floor exercise, but a 7.7 on the uneven bars dinged her all around just a bit.

Bekah Fish did well on the uneven bars, scoring a team high 8.5, and also leading the team on the floor exercise with a score of 8.45.

Monticello, however, was just a little bit more sharp and avoided any major falls or setbacks, which earned them their first M8C win of the year.

Big Lake 139.6, North Branch 129.85
Things got even tougher against the Hornets, another top 10 Class A team.

They feature a number of year-round gymnasts on their team, and it showed in their scores. They only registered two scores under 8.1 in the whole meet, a 7.95 and 7.45 on the uneven bars.

Meanwhile, for North Branch, they had a tough time on the bars again, with only one score about 8, and that was Bekah Fish’s 8.5.

A few other highlights for the Vikings were Bauer’s 9.05 on vault, an 8.75 from Robillard on vault, and an 8.7  on floor and 8.5 on the bars from Bekah Fish.

Big Lake is the top Class A team in the Mississippi 8 Conference, with only Class AA Cambridge-Isanti better.  

St. Michael-Albertville 133.825, North Branch 130.85
The Vikings performed a bit better against St. Michael-Albertville in their final meet before the long Christmas break, but they had a few too many falls on the uneven bars, and it cost them dearly in the close meet.

Bauer scored a meet best 9.375 on the vault, and then scored the second best on the floor with a 9.2. She supported that with another strong performance on the beam, scoring an 8.8, but she had a rough bar routine in which she only scored 6.9 for the Vikings.

Despite that, she still finished with the top all-around score of 34.275.

Angie Fish kept her strong season rolling, with the top finish in the whole meet on the balance beam with an 8.85, and she tied with her sister for third best score on the floor with an 8.875, and then rounded it out with an 8.05 on the vault. She also had troubles on the bars, scoring just 7.7. Bekah Fish had the third best score in the meet on bars, as the lone bright spot in the event for NB. She scored an 8.125.

As a team, the Lady Vikes cleared 34 on the vault, 35 on the floor exercise and 32 on the beam, but notched just a 29.3 on the uneven bars, finishing 2.5 points behind St. Michael in a meet that was decided by less than three points.

“We have seen slow to start the season with lots of falls on floor and injuries - Ashley Robillard had a sprained ankle twice,” Head Coach Chris Johnson explained after the rough stretch to start. “So we were missing three of our varsity gymnasts at the meet against St. Michael but our three varsity gymnasts stepped up and had an amazing meet.  Paige Bauer put it all together for the win and  Bekah and Angie Fish also performed well.”

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