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Tigers open season with impressive effort

Posted: Friday, Nov 30th, 2012

Huron Tigers senior Kelsey King performs her uneven parallel bars routine Tuesday night at the Tiger Activity Center. King posted the top score in the event and also won the all-around competition. PHOTO BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN

HURON — The Huron High School gymnastics team opened its 2012-13 season Tuesday night with a loss, that was virtually a tie.

The Tigers posted a team score of 130.750 which was .1 short of the Brookings Bobcats’ score of 130.850 during a dual at Tiger Activity Center.

While they may have lost the overall scoring, several good performances were turned in by the Tigers including the top score in the vault, uneven parallel bars and floor exercise.

Taking top honors in the vault was junior Hailey McCune who posted an 8.7 on her effort which was .3 points better than a trio of Brookings vaulters that finished tied for second.

Senior Kelsey King posted the other two top scores as she won the uneven parallel bars with a score of 8.25 which edged the Bobcats’ Sami Swedlund who posted a 8.2.

She also won the floor exercise with a score of 8.7 which tied teammate Jessica Waldner for the top score.

King also picked up the all-around title by posting a score of 33.1. King posted an 8.3 on the vault to finish fifth and a 7.850 on the beam to finish tied for sixth.

McCune was second in the all-around with a score of 8.5 on her floor routine which was third overall, and was fifth on the bars with a score of 7.95 and had a 7.2 on the beam.

The only event the Tigers didn’t win was the balance beam where the team just had a rough night and the Bobcats posted four of the top five scores led by Annika Hietpas who posted a score of 8.850.

Jessica Waldner had the top score for the Tigers on the beam as she posted an 8.5 to finish third.

Other Tigers who picked up top-5 finishes included Jessica Waldner in the vault (8.50) as she finished fifth, tied with King, and Alex Wilde was fourth in the floor exercise as she posted an 8.4.

Overall, Tigers’ head coach Julie King was very pleased with her team’s effort saying it was a “good showing” for the first meet of the year.

She also said that the team tried a lot of new skills Tuesday and that will bode well for them as the season goes on as the varsity and junior varsity are laying the foundation to build on these initial scores throughout the year.

The junior varsity was led by sophomore Allie Brink in the vault, beam and floor exercise as she had the best floor score, an 8.25, finished tied for second in the vault with an 8.1 and was fifth in the beam with a 5.95.

Eighth grader Deyona Little had the top uneven parallel bar score with a 6.150.

Brink was fourth in the all-around with a score of 26.3 while Little was fifth with a score of 24.7.

The Tigers will next be in action tonight as they travel to Pierre for a meet at 6 p.m.

For the complete article see the 11-29-2012 issue.

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