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DETROIT LAKES GYMNASTICS Lakers unable to upset Perham

LAKER SENIOR JESSICA STELTER does a back flip during her balance beam routine during a home meet on Friday. Dec. 16 at the Minnesota Flyers gymnastics facility. Stelter finished second in the all-around Tuesday at Perham.1 / 2
laker gymnast Leah Chavez floats above the ground during her floor routine Dec. 16 at the Minnesota Flyers facility in Detroit Lakes.2 / 2

It wasn't quite the result the Detroit Lakes gymnastics team was hoping for when they took on reigning state champs Perham Tuesday night, as the Yellowjackets made use of their home floor advantage in a 142.0-136.15 victory over the Lakers.

"It didn't go as well as I would have liked," said Detroit Lakes head coach Steve Zamzo. "We scored about what we have been scoring in most meets, but I don't think that the girls were as ready as they should have been.

"It didn't seem like they were fired up and ready to go like they should have been for a big rivalry such as Perham."

Zamzo added that he felt it was a lack of mental preparedness that made the difference, even though the Lakers were missing two of their key assets.

The foot injury that freshman Ally Berg suffered in the Lakers' home meet against Park Rapids Friday night kept her out of this contest as well, and 7th grader Thia Olds was also missing from the lineup due to a family vacation.

"They just weren't ready," Zamzo said of the team's overall performance.

Though they failed to top the scoreboard in any of their events, the Laker gymnasts did finish in the No. 2 or 3 slots several times.

"Jessica Stelter and Natalie Hoffert (both seniors) finished near the top in most of their events," Zamzo said.

Stelter came in second in the all-around competition with a 35.25 score, while Hoffert finished fourth at 35.1.

In the individual events, Stelter finished second on bars (8.75) and third on the vault (8.9), while taking fourth in floor (8.9) and 7th on beam (8.7).

Hoffert took second on beam (9.15) and third on bars (8.5), while ending with a pair of 5th place finishes in both vault and floor (8.6 and 8.85, respectively).

Eighth grade Laker gymnast Jordyn Peterson placed sixth in the all around competition with a score of 33.8, coming in second on floor and tying for second on beam (8.2 and 9.15, respectively), but falling to 7th on vault (8.4) and 9th on bars (7.05).

Seventh grader Leah Chavez once again stepped up to fill Berg's slot, finishing 8th in vault (8.25), bars (7.5) and floor, where she tied with Perham's Adrienne Meyer on floor with an 8.3.

Freshmen Katie Crawford and Morgan Eiter rounded out the Laker lineup Tuesday.

Crawford finished 9th on vault (8.15), as well as coming in 10th on both bars and beam (6.5 and 7.65, respectively).

Eiter, meanwhile, jumped in to take 8th place on beam with a 7.95, while Abby Einerson stepped in on floor to come in 10th, also with a score of 7.95.

"We were close to where we've been scoring most of the time, so I can't complain a whole lot," Zamzo said.

The Detroit Lakes gymnastics team will be on holiday break this week, then resume their season with a trip to Moorhead on Thursday, Jan. 5 for a 6 p.m. meet.

While on break, Zamzo said some of the girls would be working on adding bigger skills to their routines.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Perham, Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Team results: Perham 142,0, Detroit Lakes 136.15.

DL event results -- Vault: Jessica Stelter 8.9; Natalie Hoffert 8.6; Jordyn Peterson 8.4; Leah Chavez 8.25; Katie Crawford 8.15...Bars: Stelter 8.75; Hoffert 8.5; Chavez 7.5; Peterson 7.05; Crawford 6.5...Beam: Hoffert 9;15; Peterson 9.15; Stelter 8.7; Morga Eiter 7.95; Crawford 7.65...Floor: Peterson 9.2; Stelter 8.9; Hoffert 8:85; Chavez 8.3; Abby Einerson 7.95...All-around: Stelter 35.25; Hoffert 35.1; Peterson 33.8.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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