|2/19/2021 11:53:00 AM|
Magic gymnasts cast their spell on Lady Vikings
Monticello 134.550 North Branch 132.175
North Branch’s scores have been getting better and better as the year has gone on in gymnastics, but the Mississippi 8 Conference competition is no joke, and it hasn’t always led to wins.
The Vikings fell last week to Monticello, despite putting up over 132 points and getting strong performances from Dakota Esget, Paige Bauer and Bekah Fish.
The two teams were very evenly matched throughout the meet, but the difference came on the balance beam. NB got the top finisher in Fish with an 8.975, but Monticello took four of the next five spots, with only Esget’s 8.425 sprinkled in. Monticello’s lowest score on the beam was an 8.35 while NB’s was a 6.80.
On the rest of the events, though, North Branch athletes had some outstanding performances. Esget and Fish finished one-two on the floor exercise. Esget and Bauer swept the top two spots in the uneven bars, and although Monti’s Raegan Bryant won the vault event, Bauer, Esget and Fish grabbed the next three spots all with scores between 8.65-8.85.
Overall, the strong North Branch trio dominated the all around, with Esget scoring a season-high 35.375 and Bauer coming in second while Fish finished in fourth. Monticello had just two all arounders, and the rest of their gymnasts were specialized to certain events, and that was a boost to them.
“Dakota, Paige and Bekah had a solid meet for us. Dakota had her season high all around, and with all her hard work in practice, it is starting to pay dividends in meets,” Head Coach Mikayla Johnson said. “Paige and Bekah followed closely in the all around. We are depending on those three girls to score in our upcoming meets.”
Johnson added that Ceriann Istvanovich competed in only the vault, beam and floor due to a thumb injury. She’s hoping to get her back at full strength this week.
Johnson also noted that the Vikes lost Libby Nielsen due to a back injury. “Libby's loss was vital to us since she is a solid gymnast for us,” Johnson said.
On the junior varsity side, Shaeyna Andreotti keeps on improving her scores for NB. ?We are starting to challenge her more in practice and you can see her scores increasing,” Johnson explained.
The Vikings were at home earlier this week to take on Rush City-Pine City-Hinckley Finlayson and then will travel to Big Lake on Thursday, February 18. The Hornets are one of the toughest teams in the state, much less just the M8C, so it will be a battle for the Vikings.