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Lady Hornets anxious to learn

Frazee Gymnastics team: Row 1: Courtney Osterman, Morgan Laine, Kiara Dekarske, Cassidy Ziegler, Kirsten Tollefson. Row 2: Moriah Nelson, Alex Nolan, Hannah Brady, Jerica Totland.

The Frazee gymnastics team will have 12 girls competing, along with some high energy and the will to progress through the 2012-13 season.

The main Hornet contributors will be sophomore Jerica Totland, who is a strong all around gymnast, with beam being very strong and bars being a challenge and freshman Morgan Laine, who is a strong all-around gymnast with bars being the area for improvement.

They will be joined by eighth grader Cassidy Ziegler, who will be a skilled all-around gymnast, with floor being a main focus for this year.

Freshman Courtney Osterman, who's artistic talents make her a strong floor competitor and good vaulter.

"She hopes to get a bar routine shortly after Christmas," said Frazee head coach Amie Erickson. "Eighth grader Kiara Dekarske has long straight lines in her floor routine and beam and is working hard on bars and vault, while freshman Alexis Nolan looks promising on beam and bars and is also improving on vault and floor."

Erickson added the girls have a real positive attitude group this year and that has kept their heads held high in difficult moments.

"We are all focusing on the learning from the hard days of practice instead of accepting defeat," she said. "Body awareness has improved from last year, but continues to be an area of focus. Bars continue to be an area to be improved upon.

"Floor tumbling will be worked on as will tumbling on beam. Form on vault is improving but several drills and conditioning exercises have been implemented."

The Hornets have already seen improvement in strength and skill sets.

The first two weeks of practice were spent predominately on strengthening, conditioning and shapes and it shows, Erickson said.

"I expect each gymnast to commit to their team and perform to the best of their ability improving throughout the season."

Erickson listed the team's goals as:

1. Improved commitment to the team and maintain cohesion within the team.

2. Increase difficulty in floor tumbling while maintaining form.

3. Improve artistic presentation on floor and beam.

4. Increase difficulty on bars.

5. Maintain physical, mental and emotional health of team throughout season.

6. Enhance form on skills.

"It is a young team again this year with potential, talent and positive outlook," she added. "For them to peak by the end of season will require focus and diligence."

Gymnastics Schedule

Date Time Opponent Site

12/18 7:30PM Long Prairie-GE Frazee HS

1/5 11:30AM Park Rapids Park Rapids HS

1/12 11:00AM Moorhead American Gold Gym

1/17 6:30PM Park Rapids Frazee HS

1/22 7:30PM Fergus Falls Fergus Falls H.S.

1/31 7:30PM Long Prairie-GE Long Prairie-GE HS

2/2 10:00AM Fargo American Gold Gym

2/7 6:30PM Park Rapids Park Rapids HS

2/16 TBD TBA, Park Rapids Park Rapids HS

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.