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Tigers host Mitchell in final home meet

Posted: Saturday, Feb 15th, 2014

Huron’s Allie Brink performs her routine on the floor exercise during a dual against Mitchell on Thursday at the Tiger Activities Center. In the next photo, Huron’s Deyona Little performs on the uneven parallel bars during Thursday’s meet. And next, Huron’s Sydney Shillingstad performs her floor exercise routine during a dual on Thursday against Mitchell at the Tiger Activities Center. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN

HURON ― Both Huron and Mitchell had nothing really to lose in Thursday night’s dual at the Tiger Activity Center as long as everyone remained healthy.

For Mitchell that looks like mission accomplished while for the Tigers the answer might come in days as they went into the meet already missing junior Jordan Waldner who was in street clothes and junior Cassidee King joined her as both will have to heal from injury before next Friday and Saturday and the South Dakota High School Association State Gymnastics Meet in Aberdeen.

Still on Tuesday, somewhat depleted, the Tigers showed their depth posting a 132.8 while Mitchell was as sharp as ever posting a 148.25 just slightly under the score they posted to win the Eastern South Dakota meet last week.

Mitchell nearly swept the podium placing first through fifth in the vault, balance beam and bars.

However, even without Waldner and Cassidee King the Tigers strength in the floor exercise placed junior Allie Brink third with a score of 9.450 and senior Hailey McCune finished fifth with a score of 9.350. McCune also tied for fifth in the vault with a score of 9.000.

That shouldn’t discount Sophomore Sydney Shillingstad who turned in 9.300 to finish sixth and freshman Deyonna Little who posted a 9.100 to finish eighth.

While the meet had no bearing on qualifying for state the top-10 floor exercises all met the 9.0 qualifying mark.

Similarly, there were six state qualifying scores posted in the vault, five on the bars and five on the beam.

Individually for the Tigers, McCune had the highest all-Around score with a 35.150, which was good enough for seventh.

Besides her vault and floor exercise, she scored 8.2 (seventh) in the uneven bars and 8.6 (sixth) on the balance beam.

Shillingstad posted the next highest all-around score with a 32.800 to finish ninth. Besides her floor routine, she scored a 8.7 (eighth) on the vault and earned a 7.550 (10th) on the bars and a 7.250 on the beam.

Finishing 10th in the all-around was Little with a score of 32.500.

Besides her floor exercise, she posted an 8.2 in the vault, an 8.1 (9th) in the uneven bars and a 7.10 on the balance beam.

Besides her third-place finish in the floor exercise, Brink also finished seventh in the vault with a score of 8.750. She also scored a 6.9 on the balance beam and 6.1 on the even bars. Her all-around total was 31.250.

Senior Chasidy Songer had a top-10 score on the balance beam, posting a 7.700 to finish ninth. Songer posted an 8.3 in the vault, an 8.3 on the floor exercise, and a 4.6 on the uneven bars.

Likewise, senior Katelyn Ellsworth had a top-10 finish on the beam with a score of 7.3. The only other event she scored in was the floor exercise where she posted an an 8.25.

Tiger head coach Julie King said getting some work in front of judges will pay off come the state meet. Two weeks without competition is just to long of a break.

As for the injuries, she said she can take eight gymnasts to the state meet where any of the eight can be chosen to compete as one of the five state competitors.

For the complete article see the 02-14-2014 issue.

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