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No. 1A Lakers back atop state rankings

Lexi Yliniemi and the Detroit Lakes gymnasts are back atop the state Class A gymnastics rankings. Robert Williams / Tribune

The Detroit Lakes gymnastics team regained the top spot in the Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association rankings.

Unlike most state polls or rankings, gymnastics rankings are performance-based by scores, which truly gives the best scoring team in the state. The Lakers are the only team averaging above 147 state-wide.

Willmar had ascended to No. 1 in the last poll of 2017, but a strong January and full Laker lineup has Detroit Lakes charging at a 150 team score regularly and the three-time defending state champions are creating mid-season momentum.

The Lakers are also coming off a big win defeating the top two teams in Class AA, Lakeville North and Lakeville South, at the Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Officials Association Classic in Park Center last weekend.

DL is back at the Lakeville North Invitational for another showdown with the top teams in the state this weekend.

Class A State Gymnastics Rankings

1 Detroit Lakes 8A 147.358

2 Willmar 6A 146.133

3 Mahtomedi 4A 144.000

4 Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa 1A 143.483

5 Sartell-Saint Stephen 7A 143.275

6 Worthington 3A 143.133

7 Perham 8A 141.992

8 Watertown-Mayer/Mound Westonka 5A 141.758

9 Monticello 7A 141.233

10 Big Lake 7A 141.067

11 Melrose Area 6A 139.000

12 North Branch 7A 138.933

13 Jackson County Central 3A 137.958

14 Becker 7A 137.942

15 Waconia 2A 137.100

16 New London-Spicer 6A 136.350

17 Austin 1A 136.200

18 Mankato West 2A 135.200

19 Chicago Lakes 7A 134.850

20 Hendrick/RTR 3A 134.817

21 New Ulm/NUACS/MVL 2A 133.542

22 Alexandra 8A 133.300

23 Byron 1A 132.633

24 Benson-KMS-Montivideo 6A 132.533

25 Fergus Falls 8A 132.458

Class AA

1 Stillwater 4AA 146.142

2 Lakeville North 2AA 146.125

3 Lakeville South 2AA 146.100

4 Owatonna 1AA 145.672

5 St. Cloud Tech 8AA 145.433

6 Cambridge-Isanti 7AA 144.800

7 East Ridge 3AA 144.492

8 Anoka 7AA 143.992

9 Maple Grove 5AA 143.442

10 Rosemount 1AA 141.150

11 Eden Prairie 6AA 140.967

12 Champlin Park 5AA 140.683

13 Wayzata 5AA 139.958

14 Eagan 3AA 139.650

15 New Prague 2AA 139.133

16 Forest Lake 7AA 138.733

17 Northfield 1AA 138.308

18 Rogers 5AA 138.225

19 Apple Valley-Eastview 3AA 138.187

20 Farmington 1AA 138.142

21 Prior Lake 2AA 138.100

22 Roseville Area 4AA 137.167

23 Brainerd 8AA 136.925

24 Buffalo 8AA 136.475

25 Minnetonka 6AA 135.633

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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