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Hornets keep on progressing

Frazee gymnast Jessica Irish performs on the beam for the Lady Hornets. Irish had a solid last four meets as an all-around competitor.

The Frazee gymnastics team were some busy bees with four meets in the last one and half weeks.

The Hornets started by hosting the Fergus Falls Otters, as the visitors scored a 126.95 to 113.9 win.

Jessica Irish finished in third place on bars with a 7.5, while the Hornets dominated on vault with second through fourth place finishes.

"Speed has improved along with body positioning (on vault)," said Frazee head coach Amie Erickson. "Our floor routines are being performed with more expression and improved execution and what has been known as a more difficult event, is showing progress."

Emma Buhr, Irish and Tiffany Haugen each had season-best scores, as Irish placed third with an 8.0.

On Beam, Irish tied for third with a 7.0, while Haugen and Irish tied personal-best mark in all-around.

Frazee competed in the Park Rapids Invite Jan. 9, and finished with a 109.8.

Buhr executed some new skills on bars for a best mark of 7.1, while Haugen notched a personal best 6.8 on beam.

"Although battling severe low back pain for several weeks, Jessica (Irish) really shined on all events," Erickson said.

She earned an 8.0 on floor and on beam, while notching an 8.6 on vault.

Irish set all-time personal best all-around score of 31.5 for ninth place.

The Hornets attended the Alexandria Quad Jan. 15, finishing with a team score of 90.9, after losing Taylor Wutzke to an ankle sprain during warm-ups.

Buhr landed a 7.5 on beam, while all of Frazee's floor scores were consistent, Erickson said.

Vault went well for Buhr, who recorded an 8.4 and Irish an 8.75.

The team traveled west for the Moorhead Invite Jan. 16 and finished with several gymnasts placing in their division.

Irish was first on vault with an 8.45 and second on bars with a 7.45.

Buhr was third on bars with an 8.1, while taking first on beam at 8.0.

In the all-around class, Irish was first with a score of 31.0.

"The team is working on adjustments constantly to improve their scores and are performing well," Erickson said. "I am proud of all the gymnasts as it has been a rare meet where we had four true varsity gymnasts competing.

"I am truly blessed to have worked with such a talented, hard-working, loving and respectable group."