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Gymnasts cruise to another win

Laker gymnast Kyley Foster soars above the balance beam during a recent home meet at the Flyers Gymnastics facility.

With 2010 looming, the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team is putting some final golden touches on the 2009 portion of their season.

The Lakers scored a 143.75 to down Bemidji -- which finished with a 129.2 -- to win their fourth meet of the season Tuesday.

The top three scores in every event went to a DL gymnast, as Amy Crawford won all-around honors with a score of 36.475.

Crawford won on both the vault (9.3) and beam (9.35), while Jessica Stelter took bars with a 9.25 and Natalie Hoffert won floor with a score of 9.2. The Lakers have not scored below a 143 yet this season.

"These girls have some high expectations of themselves and they are working hard to meet them," said DL head coach Jenny Whipple. "But they still have things to work on yet."

DL closed out their 2009 portion of the season Friday with a home meet against Park Rapids.

They will have the holiday break to polish up their routines.

The Lakers also welcome junior Bre Halbur back, who took last year off after finishing as the Class 1A state runner-up in vault in the 2007-08 season.

"She just missed gymnastics after watching the first meet," Whipple said. "The plan is to have her back by the end of January, because she wants to come back strong.

"She is focusing on two events (vault and floor), but will compete in all four when she returns."

Halbur will add plenty of top-heavy talent and depth to an already blossoming, dominant Laker team.

DL will resume its schedule with a home meet against Moorhead Jan. 5.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Bemidji, Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Lakers 143.75

Lumberjacks 129.2

DL event results -- Vault: 1. Amy Crawford 9.3; 2. Jessica Stelter 9.225; 3. Natalie Hoffert 9.175; 6. Kristi Hoppert 8.85; 10. Kyley Foster 8.375...Bars: 1. Stelter 9.25; 2. Hoppert 9.125; 3. Crawford 9.075; 4. Hoffert 8.45; 6. Foster 8.0...Beam: 1. Crawford 9.35; 2. Hoffert 9.275; 3. Hoppert 8.45; 4. Stelter 9.25; 7. Foster 7.85...Floor: 1. Hoffert 9.2; 2. Stelter 9.075; 3. Hoppert 8.95; 4. Crawford 8.75; 6. 8.575...All-around: 1. Crawford 36.475; 2. Hoffert 36.1; 3. Stelter 35.8; 4. Hoppert 35.375; 5. Foster 32.8.