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Shayna Dugger performs on the balance beam during Tuesday's meet against Bemidji.
Shayna Dugger performs on the balance beam during Tuesday's meet against Bemidji.

Lakers conquer beam to score win over Bemidji

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Five sticky beams highlighted the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team's 140.575 to 120.325 victory over visiting Bemidji Tuesday evening inside the Minnesota Flyers facility.

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Beam has been the biggest obstacle for the Lakers so far in this young season, but Tuesday night, all the gymnasts conquered it.

"We've been working on beam every night," said DL head coach Jenny Whipple. "It's been our weakest event, so they did well tonight on it."

Senior captain Courtney Einerson took top honors with a spectacular routine, scoring a 9.4. She was closely followed by Jessica Stelter, who notched a 9.35.

"Courtney had a nice front tuck and Jess had a back tuck," Whipple said of the duo's beam performances.

The Lakers swept the beam, with Kristi Hoppert taking third with an 8.85 and Amy Crawford and Shayna Dugger finishing tied for fourth, as each scored an 8.65.

Hoppert keyed the meet's top all-around score of 35.925, with a win on bars at 9.15 and an impressive 9.1 score on vault for third. She also took an 8.825 on her floor routine.

Stelter had yet another good vault performance, landing a 9.5 for the top score, while Crawford recorded a 9.15 and Hoppert a 9.1.

Dugger took top honors on floor with her mark of 8.85.

The Lakers also took the top five places in all-around, with Hoppert leading the way.

Following her was Einerson with 34.65, Crawford at 34.5, Dugger 33.625 and Stelter, 33.525.

DL will continue its schedule with a meet in Park Rapids Thursday and finish the week off with a home meet against Becker Friday, starting at 6:30 p.m.

"We'll be working on team building through the week and (Christmas break) and try and build up our endurance," Whipple said. "The girls have some skills to add in their routines and will work on polishing up on some things, as well."

Laker results

Bemidji at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Lakers 140.575

Lumberjacks 120.325

DL event results -- All-around: 1. Kristi Hoppert 35.925; 2. Courtney Einerson 34.65; 3. Amy Crawford 34.5; 4. Shayna Dugger 33.625; 5. Jessica Stelter 33.525...Vault: 1. Stelter 9.5; 2. Crawford 9.15; 3. Hoppert 9.1; 5. Einerson 8.75; Dugger 8.35...Bars: 1. Hoppert 9.15; 2. Crawford 8.675; 3. Einerson 8.4; 4. Dugger 7.775; Stelter 6.575...Beam: 1. Einerson 9.4; 2. Stelter 9.35; 3. Hoppert 8.85; t-4. Crawford and Dugger 8.65...Floor: 1. Dugger 8.85; 2. Hoppert 8.825; 3. Einerson 8.1; 4. Stelter 8.05; 5. Crawford 8.0.

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