|1/9/2020 3:11:00 PM|
Lady Vikings win Rush City Tri before putting together best score this year
The North Branch gymnastics team is still working to put all of their routines together for one great meet, but they did enough to win the Rush City Triangular over Rush City/Pine City/Hinckley-Finlayson and Grantsburg on Thursday, January 2.
The Vikings performed well on three of the four events, with vault, balance beam and floor exercise all impressive, it was just a tough go-around on the uneven bars that nearly cost them the win.
They opened with a 33.650 on the vault, and while that was the lowest of the three teams at the event, it was just slivers behind them.
On the bars in the second event, North Branch had two routines that had falls and were incomplete, which really hurt the overall score in the event. They ended up with 27.5, almost three full points behind RCPH.
In the last two events, though, North Branch made their move, gaining almost all the ground they had lost in balance beam alone. They absolutely nailed their routines relative to the other two teams at the meet. They scored 33.025 points on the beam and the next highest score was RCPH’s 29.750.
The Vikes held off a late charge from RCPH by placing girls in third, fourth and fifth in the floor exercise.
The top scorer for North Branch was Dakota Esget, who tallied 33.025 in the all around. That was good enough for second over all behind Livia Isackson-Rod for RCPH.
North Branch’s Paige Bauer scored a 31.8 to finish in fourth place in the all around, and Bekah Fish scored a 29.7 to grab a spot in the top five.
Once the team scores were tallied up, North Branch had just barely edged RCPH. They scored 127.875 and RCPH scored 127.100. Grantsburg finished in third place with a score of 119.225.
In the biggest invite of the year for North Branch, they finally put together all four events for a great score.
Bauer tallied a 34.6 all around, Esget tallied a 33.7 and Fish scored a 32.6, all eclipsing their RCPH Tri scores.
The uneven bars, which they struggled so much with just a day prior, were favorable to them, with a score of 31.45. The other events stayed high, and it led to a season-high 132.15 for the team.
“This was a really fun meet and we are starting to see where our team could potentially score if we can get it together for sections,” Head Coach Katie Krampitz said. “The girls are also starting to feel things fall into place.”
Despite the season high score, North Branch finished just sixth out of eight teams, but that was more a result of the amount of talent at the invite, as big schools Hopkins, Blaine and Elk River were there, as well as Class A powerhouses Perham and a part of the Detroit Lakes team that has been one of the best team’s in state history the past few years.
“Some of the other teams had some big talent, and it was super fun to watch them and have our girls watch them too,” Krampitz said. “We’ll definitely be back next year!”
The Vikings will travel to St. Francis on Thursday, January 9 before hosting county rival Chisago Lakes on Thursday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m.