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Amy Crawford performs on the uneven bars Tuesday and scored a 9.55. The bars judge told Whipple that is one of the highest scores she has given for a first meet. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)

Laker gymnastics get out to spectacular start

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Laker gymnastics get out to spectacular start
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There's nothing wrong starting the season on top.

The Detroit Lakes gymnastics team already broke its season-high score of last year -- in their first meet of the 2009-10 schedule -- with a 145.325 to 113.65 win over visiting Frazee Tuesday.

DL's Amy Crawford highlighted the meet with her 9.55 on bars, while the vault was a strength, as well, with four 9.0's or better by the Lakers.

"The (uneven bars) judge told me that Amy's score is one of the highest she ever has given in a first meet," said DL head coach Jenny Whipple. "And the vault went great, it was one of the higher scores we've had in a while for our first meet."

Jessica Stelter and Kristi Hoppert each gained 9.4's on the vault, while Crawford went for a 9.15 and Natalie Hoffert a 9.0.

Stelter also won the floor with a 9.5, while Crawford was tops on beam at 9.275 and took all-around honors with a 37.125.

For Frazee, the meet was a solid first outing, as well.

Competing with just four gymnasts, the Hornets scored just a couple points below their season-best from last season.

The Hornets were unable to compete a full varsity roster until Dec. 18, of last season.

"It was a great start with a full squad, albeit there are only four," said Frazee head coach Amie Erickson. "There is a huge improvement and we plan to spend a significant amount of time working on body shapes to assist in correct body positions and less execution deductions."

Emma Buhr notched a personal-best on beam with a 7.4, beating her previous mark of 7.0.

"Emma performed a very well composed, strong routine," Erickson said. "She is very natural (on the beam)."

Jessica Irish finished sixth on floor with a 7.8 to beat her personal-best score of 7.4.

"Jessica created a totally new look for herself with this year's routine," Erickson added. "She has significantly improved her tumbling."

The Lakers will host Jamestown, N.D., on Thursday for a 7 p.m. start.

Meet results

Frazee at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Lakers 145.325, Frazee 113.65

Event results -- Floor: 1. Jessica Stelter (DL) 9.5; 2. Natalie Hoffert (DL) 9.475; 3. Amy Crawford (DL) 9.15; 4. Kristi Hoppert (DL) 9.0; 5. Kyley Foster (DL) 8.325; 6. Jessica Irish (Frz) 7.8...Beam: 1. Crawford 9.275; 2. Hoppert 8.9; 3. Stelter 8.8; 4. Hoffert 8.25; 5. Foster 8.0; 6. Emma Buhr (Frz) 7.4...Bars: 1. Crawford 9.55; 2. Hoffert 9.15; 3. Stelter 8.675; 4. Hoppert 8.65; 5. Foster 8.1; 6. Irish 7.65...Vault: 1. Stelter 9.4; 2. Hoppert 9.4; 3. Crawford 9.15; 4. Hoffert 9.0; 5. Quincy Mickelson (Frz) 8.5; t-6. Buhr and Foster 8.25...All-around: 1. Crawford 37.125; 2. Stelter 36.375; 3. Hoppert 35.95; 4. Hoffert 35.875; 5. Foster 32.675; 6. Mickelson 29.95.