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Lakers score a 149.325 in Mid-State meet, but still finish as runners-up

Detroit lakes gymnast Jessica Stelter performs her beam routine. Stelter was named to the Mid-State All-Conference team.1 / 2
Laker Amy Crawford performed on the bars earlier this season inside the MFG facility. Crawford won the Mid-State All-Around title Saturday in Park Rapids.2 / 2

The 2009-10 season garnered another prime highlight for the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team when they broke a school record with a final score of 149.325 in the Mid-State Conference meet Saturday in Park Rapids.

The Lakers easily surpassed their goal of eclipsing the 147 mark, as Amy Crawford won all-around honors with a combined mark of 38.375.

Despite the record-breaking performance, the Lakers still finished as runners-up to No. 1 ranked Perham, which notched a hefty 152.175.

"The girls were excited breaking the school record," said DL head coach Jennifer Whipple. "It was a good day for the girls."

The Lakers excelled on the bars, taking first and second, as Crawford took top honors with a 9.75 and Natalie Hoffert was second with a 9.45.

Although Crawford won on beam with a 9.725, Perham was able to pull ahead of DL in the event by snagging the second through fifth places.

"The beam again hurt us," Whipple said.

Bre Halbur looks to be back on her top vaulting status, after she hit a 9.625 score for second.

On floor, Kristi Hoppert tied with Perham's Mikaela Eickschen with a 9.675, while Hoffert was fourth with a 9.625.

Those Lakers who earned All-Conference honors included Hoppert, Crawford, Hoffert and Jess Stelter, while Halbur and Kylie Foster received Honorable Mentions.

The Lakers, who are ranked No. 2 in the state behind the Yellowjackets, will now prepare for their Section 8-1A showdown with Perham, in Perham on Saturday, Feb. 20.

"The girls are just polishing up their routines and are confident (for the Section meet)," Whipple said.

Mid-State results

Mid-State Conference meet at Park Rapids, Saturday, Feb. 6.

Team results -- Perham 152.175, Detroit Lakes 149.325, Park Rapids 117.95, Frazee 111.95.

DL event results -- Floor: T-2. Kristi Hoppert 9.675; 4. Natalie Hoffert 9.625; 6. Bre Halbur 9.5; 8. Amy Crawford 9.375; 10. Kyley Foster 8.4...Beam: 1. Crawford 9.725; 6. Hoffert 9.25; 7. Hoppert 8.875; 9. Abby Einerson 8.025; 10. Foster 8.0...Bars: 1. Crawford 9.75; 2. Hoffert 9.45; 5. Hoppert 9.25; 8. Foster 8.8; 9. Einerson 8.5...Vault: 2. Halbur 9.625; t-4. Crawford 9.525; 6. Hoppert 9.45; 8. Hoffert 9.425; 10. Foster 8.875...All-around: 1. Crawford 38.375; 5. Hoffert 37.75; 7. Hoppert 37.25; 9. Foster 34.075.

Frazee event results -- Floor: 13. Jessica Irish 7.85; 14. Tiffany Haugen 7.8; 15. Emma Buhr 7.5; 19. Jerica Totland 5.1; 20. Montana Osterman 5.0...Beam: 13. Irish 7.8; 14. Buhr 7.7; 16. Haugen 6.55; 19. Totland 4.6; 20. Osterman 4.45...Bars: 12. Irish 7.7; 13. Haugen 7.45; 15. Buhr 6.9; 19. Totland 2.8; 20. Osterman 2.65...Vault: 11. Irish 8.5; 12. Haugen 8.3; 15. Buhr 8.1; 19. Totland 7.3; 20. Osterman 7.1...All-around: 11. Irish 31.85; 13. Buhr 30.2; 14. Haugen 30.1; 15. Totland 19.8; 16. Osterman 19.2.

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