Gymnastics: Lakers set new bar in victory over Bemidji

The Detroit Lakes gymnastics team defeated Bemidji 145.3-135.6 at home meet on Thursday night, setting a new season-high point total.

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From left to right: Detroit Lakes' Kate Taves, Gabby Whitworth and Jerzie Horner were the Lakers' all-around place finishers on Jan. 26, 2023 in a win over Bemidji.
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DETROIT LAKES – The Detroit Lakes gymnastics team topped Bemidji 145.375-135.6 on Thursday night at home.

The Lakers grabbed the top three all-around scores, leading the team to a 10-point win. Their mark of 145.375 was the highest in any meet this season.

Detroit Lakes is No. 2 team in Class A, according to the most recent Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association rankings posted Jan. 23.

Jerzie Horner led the Lakers with an all-around score of 37.65, notching wins on the beam (9.275) and the vault (9.7). She finished in second place on the floor (9.575) and bar (9.1).

Gabby Whitworth finished less than a half of a point behind Horner with an all-around score of 37.275. She took first on the floor at 9.625 and on the bars with 9.15. She also took second on the beam (8.95) and the vault (9.55).


Kate Taves also competed in all four events for an all-around score of 34.7, finishing sixth on the floor (8.75) and the beam (8.2) and fourth on the bars (8.75) and the vault (9). Elsie Ratz finished third on the floor (9.3), fifth on the beam (8.35) and third on the vault (9.3).

Ava Morrison finished ninth on the floor (8.3) and eighth on the bars (7.9). Kaija Aschnewitz claimed third on the beam (8.45). Morgan Hausten took fifth place on the bars (8.55) and ninth on the vault (8.6).


DETROIT LAKES VARSITY FINISHERS- FLOOR- 1- Gabby Whitworth 9.625 , 2- Jerzie Horner 9.575, 3- Elsie Ratz 9.3, 6- Kate Taves 8.75, 9- Ava Morrison 8.3

BEAM- 1- Jerzie Horner 9.275, 2- Gabby Whitworth 8.95, 3- Kaija Aschnewitz 8.45, 5- Elsie Ratz 8.35, 6- Kate Taves 8.2

BARS- 1- Gabby Whitworth 9.15, 2- Jerzie Horner 9.1, 4- Kate Taves 8.75, 5- Morgan Hausten 8.55, 8- Ava Morrison 7.9

VAULT- 1- Jerzie Horner 9.7, 2- Gabby Whitworh 9.55, 3- Elsie Ratz 9.3, 4- Kate Taves 9, 9- Morgan Hausten 8.6

ALL-AROUND- 1- Jerzie Horner 37.65, 2- Gabby Whitworth 37.275, 3- Kate Taves 34.7

Devlyn Brooks is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and serves Faith Lutheran Church in Wolverton, Minn. He also works for Forum Communications Co. He can be reached at for comments and story ideas.
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