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Spartan gymnasts nab third at home invitational

By The NEWS-EXAMINER

Coming into their home invitational on Saturday, the Connersville Lady Spartans had few illusions that they would win the meet.

Joining them inside the Connersville High School gymnasium were Columbus North and Northwestern two schools with a lot of tradition behind them.

So it was no surprise that those two teams claimed the top two spots by the time all of the tumbling was finished.

Columbus North finished with 110.775 points, and Northwestern was right on their tail with 109.175.

The battle for third place was just as hot.

“Richmond came in with determination to beat us,” Connersville head coach Joann Borders said, referring back to a recent dual between the two teams, won by CHS, 102.125 to 101.47.

On Saturday, the result was very similar, as Borders’ charges claimed the bronze spot in the standings with a score of 101.925. Richmond was close, earning a 101.850 total.

Following those four were teams from Roncalli (98.6), Noblesville (97.5), Franklin Central (97.025), Centerville (66.375), Morristown (62.850) and Brebeuf Jesuit (59.175).

Borders pointed out that the margin between the Lady Spartans and Lady Red Devils could have been larger.

“We did not hit vault and bars like we needed to, but Ali (Sargent), Katelyn (Burris) and Allison (Hoffman) performed well on the beam to help us stay in the competition against Richmond,” she said.

Hoffman’s vault score was a personal best, as she contributed an 8.775 to the CHS total.

On the beam, that trio of Spartans got hot, as Hoffman (9.025), Burris (8.6), Sargent (8.475) and Burris (8.6) put a charge into Connersville’s score.

Hoffman’s beam score wound up being good enough for fourth in the over all standings.

That also propelled the freshman to her highest all-around score, as she finished with a 34.25, good enough for 10th-place among the entire field.

“It was an exciting competition,” Borders summed up. “Columbus North and Northwestern had great skills and good routines.”

Richmond is one of the teams Connersville will see at the sectional meet at Spartan Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 24. Other teams that will be in attendance at the sectional include Cambridge City Lincoln, Centerville, Knightstown, Morristown, Muncie Burris, Muncie Central, New Castle, New Palestine, Pendleton Heights, Rushville Seton Catholic, Shelbyville, Southwestern (Shelbyville), Union County and Waldron.

“The competition is going to be very tough at this sectional,” Borders warns.

 

Connersville High School Invitational

(at Connersville High School)

Team scores

1. Columbus North 110.775; 2. Northwestern 109.175; 3. Connersville 101.925; 4. Richmond 101.850; 5. Roncalli 98.60; 6. Noblesville 97.50; 7. Franklin Central 97.025; 8. Centerville 66.375; 9. Morristown 62.850; 10. Brebeuf Jesuit 59.175.

Individual scores (Connersville and Union County)

Vault

9. Allison Hoffman 8.775; 24. (tie) Hayley Kottka (Union County) 8.425; 27. (tie) Whitney Owens 8.4; 29. Laila Fitzgerald 8.375; 31. (tie) Katelyn Burris 8.35; 36. Ali Sargent 8.125.

Uneven bars

8. Whitney Owens 8.525; 14. (tie) Hayley Kottka (Union County) 8.15; 15. Allison Hoffman 8.1; 19. Katelyn Burris 8.0; 29. Ali Sargent 7.375; 38. Delaynee Hall 6.35.

Balance Beam

4. Allison Hoffman 9.025; 10. Katelyn Burris 8.6; 12. Ali Sargent 8.475; 26. Haylee Kottka (Union County) 7.8; 27. Whitney Owens 7.7; 33. Delaynee Hall 7.425.

Floor exercise

10. Whitney Owens 8.85; 18. Katelyn Burris 8.45; 22. (tie) Allison Hoffman 8.35; 24. (tie) Kenzy Lynch 8.225; 29. Hayley Kottka (Union County) 8.0; 31. Ali Sargent 7.925.

All-Around

10. Allison Hoffman 34.25; 15. Whitney Owens 33.475; 16. Katelyn Burris 33.4; 23. Hayley Kottka (Union County) 32.375; 26. (tie) Ali Sargent 31.9.