Detroit Lakes’ Jerzie Horner and Melrose’s Courtney Althaus went toe-to-toe in the all around of an exciting Section 8A gymnastics dual at the Minnesota Flyers Gymnasium Friday, Feb. 19.

The meet was a first look for both teams at each other as the No. 6A Dutchmen and Lakers aim to knock off No. 3A Perham at the coming section meet in March.

Courtney Althaus. Robert Williams / Tribune
Courtney Althaus. Robert Williams / Tribune

Melrose defeated Detroit Lakes 141.3 to 136.8.

Horner was victorious by a slim one-tenth of a point in the all around defeating Althaus 36.6 to 36.5.

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The duo accounted for all first place finishes on the four events with Horner capturing top marks on vault, bars and floor exercise. Althaus was the winner on beam.

Melrose used superior depth to earn the team victory.

Despite Horner winning three of four events, the Lakers had only one other finish in the top four in each event. Taryn Wendt had DL’s top beam score of 9.1 to place second behind Althaus’ 9.3.

Taryn Wendt was the top performer on balance beam for Detroit Lakes Friday night finishing in second place. Robert Williams / Tribune
Taryn Wendt was the top performer on balance beam for Detroit Lakes Friday night finishing in second place. Robert Williams / Tribune

Elsie Ratz joined Horner in the all around finishing fifth overall with a score of 33.5.

Horner’s winning marks were a meet-best 9.4 on bars and 9.25 on vault and floor.

Detroit Lakes competed without Gabby Whitworth.

Head coach Leese Lindgaard has noted how she wants her gymnasts at full strength before they come back to competition.

The timetable for those returns is coming to a close soon. Friday’s meet was the first of three at home to end the regular season for the Lakers.

DL hosts No. 21A Little Falls Thursday, Feb. 25 and Moorhead Tuesday, March 2.

The Melrose junior varsity team was victorious 130.65 to 116.2 Friday night.

Melrose is the host school for this year’s Section 8A championships to be held Saturday, March 20.

Melrose 141.3, Detroit Lakes 136.8

All Around

1 Jerzie Horner DL 36.6

2 Courtney Althaus MEL 36.5

3 Miranda Gieske MEL 34.55

4 Maria Hinnenkamp MEL 34.45

5 Elsie Ratz DL 33.5

Vault

1 Jerzie Horner DL 9.25

2 Courtney Althaus MEL 9

3 Meghan Pundsack MEL 8.95

3 Kylee Blenker MEL 8.95

5 Maria Hinnenkamp MEL 8.7

6 Mamie Hunter DL 8.5

7 Taryn Wendt DL 8.35

7 Miranda Gieske MEL 8.35

9 Elsie Ratz DL 8.25

10 Ava Morrison DL 8.1

Bars

1 Jerzie Horner DL 9.4

2 Courtney Althaus MEL 9.2

3 Meghan Pundsack MEL 8.35

4 Miranda Gieske MEL 8.3

5 Maria Hinnenkamp MEL 8.1

6 Ava Morrison DL 8

7 Elsie Ratz DL 7.9

8 Jordan Ehnert DL 7.7

9 Skylar Nelson DL 7.55

10 Kylee Blenker MEL 7.4

Beam

1 Courtney Althaus MEL 9.3

2 Taryn Wendt DL 9.1

3 Miranda Gieske MEL 9

4 Hannah Hoppe MEL 8.95

5 Elsie Ratz DL 8.85

5 Jordan Ehnert 8.85

5 Maria Hinnenkamp MEL 8.85

8 Jerzie Horner DL 8.7

9 Alea Berscheit MEL 8.6

10 Hope Hamm DL 8.05

Floor

1 Jerzie Horner DL 9.25

2 Courtney Althaus MEL 9

3 Hannah Hoppe MEL 8.95

4 Miranda Gieske MEL 8.9

5 Maria Hinnenkamp MEL 8.8

6 Meghan Pundsack MEL 8.7

7 Elsie Ratz DL 8.5

8 Taryn Wendt DL 8.2

9 Ava Morrison DL 8

10 Hope Hamm DL 7.7