Senior Jackson Hegg was the all-around champion leading Detroit Lakes to a sixth place finish at the Brainerd Holiday Invitational Saturday, Dec. 14.

“We performed pretty well,” DL head coach Steve Zamzo said. “We did see some great things from our young gymnasts.”

Detroit Lakes competed without the full-time efforts of Gabby Whitworth due to a knee injury. She competed on bars only. Her absence left room for more new faces to get varsity experience in a Class AA setting.

“Ava Funk did a great job stepping in,” said Zamzo. “She is very clean with her routines. She needs to add some difficulty to her events. Taryn Wendt did a great job on floor. She just recently obtained a full twist on the floor as one of her passes which is the start of the big skill series. Ava Morrison also did a great job on vault for us. She will continue to improve. We are building and these young gymnasts are getting better every day.”

Hegg used a win on bars, third place on floor and fourth on beam to take the all-around title with a 37.05 point total. Lakeville North’s Ashley Goodlund was second scoring 36.6. DL’s Jerzie Horner scored 34.35 to place 12th overall. Horner led the Lakers on vault with a fourth place score of 9.35.

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“The regulars also had great moments and some struggles,” said Zamzo. “Jackson had a great routine on bars. Jerzie attempted a back tuck on the beam for the first time.”

Lakeville North won the team competition with a score of 142.70, followed by Big Lake 141.55 and Brainerd 141.05.

Section 8A rivals Melrose finished fourth with 140.4. The Lakers scored 137.1 for sixth place in a field of eight teams.

Detroit Lakes will host Perham in a dual Tuesday, Dec. 17 beginning at 6 p.m. with the junior varsity competition at the Minnesota Flyers Gymnasium.

Lakeville North (Class AA) and Detroit Lakes (A) are the two defending state championship teams in Minnesota.

Brainerd Holiday Invitational

1 Lakeville North 142.70

2 Big Lake 141.550

3 Brainerd 141.050

4 Melrose 140.40

5 Owatonna 137.25

6 Detroit Lakes 137.10

(V-34.55, UB-35.05, BB-32.9, FL-34.6)

7 Lakeville South 133.30

8 Moorhead 121.25

All around:

1 Jackson Hegg, DL 37.05

12 Jerzie Horner, DL 34.35

20 Jordan Ehnert, DL 31.75


1 Anna Alternatt (LN) 9.65

4 Jerzie Horner (DL) 9.35

16 Hegg 8.65

33 Ehnert 8.3

34 Ava Morrison 8.25

39 Ava Funk 8.0

Uneven parallel bars:

1 Jackson Hegg (DL) 9.75

8 Horner 8.65

13 Ehnert 8.35

15 Gabby Whitworth 8.3

34 Funk 7.2

Balance beam:

1 Camryn Brinkman (MEL) 9.65

4 Hegg 9.2

19 Nelson 8.55

32 Horner 7.75

35 Funk 7.4

37 Ehnert 7.2

Floor exercise:

1 Ashley Goodlund (LN) 9.55

3 Hegg 9.45

19 Horner 8.6

30 Taryn Wendt 8.3

33 Ari Leitheiser 8.25

35 Ehnert 7.9