Detroit Lakes and Perham had another close gymnastics meet with the Lakers again coming out on top by less than one point.
Detroit Lakes defeated the Yellowjackets by 0.225 points at Hauer Gymnasium at the old Perham high school Tuesday, Jan. 21. DL was victorious by 0.5 points in a meeting earlier this season at home.
“It was a good night for us,” DL head coach Steve Zamzo said. “That week of practice has helped everyone. That was our highest score yet this season.”
Both team’s top gymnasts dueled for a close run at the all-around with Perham’s Jada Olsen edging Jackson Hegg 38.175 to 38.05.
The duo split first place in all four events, Olsen winning on vault and bars and Hegg taking beam and floor.
Hegg was second on vault and third on bars. Olsen was the runner-up on both beam and floor.
The Lakers have yet to compete with a full lineup this season and the injury bug struck again Tuesday.
Jerzie Horner was off on her balance beam dismount, missed the matting and landed hard on the wood floor. She competed in all four events finishing fourth all-around behind Perham’s Dena Fischer and is currently under observation.
DL is getting a key performer back as Ellie Hultin has been cleared to practice after her knee surgery last season.
“It'll be good to get her back into the swing of things,” said Zamzo.
Getting back into competition shape is no small task and Hultin will likely not compete in all-around right away as she works back into the lineup.
The Lakers outscored the Jackets in three of four events.
DL scored 36.95 to Perham’s 36.8 (+0.15) on vault, 35.375 to 34.95 on bars (+0.425) and 36.25 to 36.075 on floor (+0.175) for a differential of 0.75 points.
Perham was better on beam by 0.525 points putting up 36.575 to DL’s 36.05.
The Laker junior varsity matched the varsity effort posting their best score of the season by four points scoring 127.7 to Perham 115.55.
Zamzo got contributions from some of his younger gymnasts in both the varsity and junior varsity victories.
“It was really good to see the younger athletes compete on skills they have worked on,” said Zamzo. “Ava Funk did a great job on vault with her first Tsuk in competition. Hope Hamm, a seventh grader from Frazee, completed a back handspring on the beam and stuck it, which is a huge boost of confidence. These kids are really pushing themselves to be great.”
Ava Morrison won the JV all-around. Taryn Wendt won on vault and beam. Skylar Nelson placed first on bars and Funk took gold in floor exercise.
The Lakers’ second varsity team will travel to Bemidji Thursday, Jan. 23 while the varsity prepares for a Saturday showdown in Melrose at the Coaches' Association Class A Invitational (True Team).
Three top-10 state-ranked teams from Section 8A will be there: No. 3 Melrose Area, No. 4 Perham and Detroit Lakes at No. 6.
Detroit Lakes 144.625, Perham 144.40
1 Jada Olsen, PER, 38.175; 2 Jackson Hegg, DL, 38.05; 3 Dena Fischer, PER, 36.10; 4 Jerzie Horner, DL, 35.275; 5 Avery McAllister, PER, 35.225; 6 Gabby Whitworth, DL, 35.15;
1 Jada Olsen, PER, 9.90; 2 Jackson Hegg, DL, 9.35; 3 Gabby Whitworth, DL, 9.35; 4 Avery McAllister, PER, 9.30; 5 Jerzie Horner, DL, 9.175; 6 Ava Funk, DL, 9.075; 7 Dena Fischer, PER, 8.85; 8 Breahna Rodewald, PER, 8.75; 9 Amber Teberg, PER, 8.70; 10 Jordan Ehnert, DL, 8.60.
1 Jada Olsen, PER, 9.55; 2 Dena Fischer, PER, 9.475; 3 Jackson Hegg, DL, 9.475; 4 Jerzie Horner, DL, 8.950; 5 Gabby Whitworth, DL, 8.65; 6 Kassidy Kovar, PER, 8.375; 7 Jordan Ehnert, DL, 8.30; 8 Amber Teberg, PER, 7.55; 9 Avery McAllister, PER, 7.55; 10 Ava Funk, DL, 6.95.
1 Jackson Hegg, DL, 9.70; 2 Jada Olsen, PER, 9.35; 3 Avery McAllister, PER, 9.25; 4 Breahna Rodewald, PER, 9.20; 5 Jordan Ehnert, DL, 9.175; 6 Skylar Nelson, DL, 8.975;7 Dena Fischer, 8.775; 8 Gabby Whitworth, DL, 8.20; 9 Jerzie Horner, PER, 8.15; 10 Steph Bernstetter, PER, 7.15.
1 Jackson Hegg, DL, 9.525; 2 Jada Olsen, PER, 9.375; 3 Avery McAllister, PER, 9.125; 4 Dena Fischer, PER, 9.00; 5 Jerzie Horner, DL, 9.00; 6 Gabby Whitworth, DL, 8.95; 7 Ari Leitheiser, DL, 8.775; 8 Taryn Wendt, DL, 8.75; 9 Steph Bernstetter, PER, 8.575; 10 Breahna Rodewald, PER, 8.425.
Class A State Rankings, Jan. 23
(Rank, Team, Scoring average)
1 Big Lake 146.258
2 Mankato West 144.425
3 Melrose Area 144.167
4 Perham 143.483
5 Watertown-Mayer/Mound-Westonka 143.358
6 Detroit Lakes 142.542
7 Worthington 141.017
8 Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa 140.267
9 Monticello 139.325
10 Willmar 139.117