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Gymnasts defeat Bemidji on Senior Night

The Laker gymnastics team celebrated senior night with a victory over Bemidji Tuesday. DL has three upperclassmen on the team: L-R Alexis Ostlie, Katrina Okeson and Emma Disse. Robert Williams / Tribune

The top-ranked team in Class A is one of the only teams in Minnesota to score 149 and call it a less than stellar performance. Detroit Lakes defeated Bemidji Tuesday night 149.1 to 136.35 at the Minnesota Flyers Gymnasium.

“It was an off day for the girls,” said Laker head coach Steve Zamzo. “They just were not hitting on all cylinders. We need to be able to get excited and ready to perform at a high level for all of our meets.”

Bemidji’s Tatum Offerdahl was the only Lumberjack to crack the top four in any event.

Meanwhile, DL had event wins from four different gymnasts.

“We had some good performances and from many of the girls, both on JV and Varsity,” said Zamzo.

Cora Okeson scored a 9.6 on floor exercise with teammates Emma Disse 9.4, Lexi Yliniemi 9.35, and Jackson Hegg 9.1 completing a sweep of the top four spots.

Disse won on beam recording the highest score of the meet with a 9.7. Alexis Ostlie was the runner-up with a 9.25. Offerdahl scored 9.1 for third place, followed by DL’s Justine Lawrence  in fourth 8.925.

Lawrence led four Lakers on bars with a 9.65. Hegg scored 9.55 with Okeson in third 9.2 and Disse and Offerdahl tied for fourth with matching scores of 9.0.

On vault, Lexi Yliniemi won with a 9.65. Hegg, Disse and Okeson all scored 9.45 to share second place.

Disse led a three-way DL sweep of the top all-around scores with a 37.55. Okeson was second with 36.625 and Hegg placed third with 36.4. Offerdahl scored 36.2 for Bemidji to place fourth.

Disse has been DL’s top all-around performer the past two meets as the Lakers head into the Section 8A True Team meet Saturday, Jan. 27 at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium.

“We hope to have an overflowing gym on Saturday,” Zamzo said.

True Team will be the final chance to see the Lakers in DL this season before the postseason begins. The meet begins at noon with the introduction of teams starting at 11:45 a.m.

Second varsity defeats Park Rapids

Last Thursday, the Lakers' second unit defeated the Panthers 127.25 to 119.55.

Jerzie Horner won the all-around with a score of 33.3. Teammate Jordan Ehnert was the runner-up with a score of 33.0.

“Both Jerzie and Jordan had good meets as all around athletes,” Zamzo said. “It was great to get these girls the experience of being the Varsity squad in a different gym than their home gym.”

Horner scored 8.25 to win on beam and matched that score for a win on bars. McKenna Mallow was the vault champion with an 8.5.

“McKenna had a new vault for her and it really paid off with her season high score and winning the vault competition,” Zamzo said.

Park Rapids Halle Landstrom won on floor with an 8.5, one-tenth ahead of Ehnert in second place 8.4. Ehnert was the runner-up on bars 8.0, beam 8.2 and vault 8.4.

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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