FL gymnasts clinch season opener
Rangers inch out win over Cretin-Derham Hall
The Forest Lake gymnasts debuted their high school season on Thursday against Cretin-Derham Hall by squeaking out the 128.65 – 128.275 win over the Raiders.
The Rangers started strong in vault with senior Jessica Dhaene winning with a score of 9.25, followed by a third-place performace by senior Amanda Williamson, who landed a new vault for the first time in competition.
Dhaene and junior Katie Dison took first and third, respectively, on the bars despite a few hiccups.
Junior Julia Walton and sophomore Lyndsey Anderson were the only two to stick their routines on the balance beam, but Dhaene managed to clinch second despite a fall with Walton taking third.
The errors continued for the Rangers on floor, with Anderson as the only Ranger to stay on her feet. Dhaene finished the opener in third on floor and third in the all-around.
Head coach Ashley Brett said the girls were disheartened by the number of falls that absorbed into the final team score, seven for a total of 3.5 points.
“The coaching staff wouldn’t let them stay down for long,” Brett said. “We explained that while some of the mistakes could have been avoidable they have all added a lot of difficulty and new skills to their routines, and if there weren’t a few errors they were holding back and not doing the skills they are capable of.”
Brett also said she wants her girls adding difficulty to be better prepared come the conference and section meets. The Forest Lake gymnasts were back in the fieldhouse on Friday discussing their goal of reaching state and what they needed to accomplish before February.
“There were at least ten girls that accomplished a new skill by the end of practice that day,” Brett said. “In this sport we are sometimes lucky to see one or two new skills a week. Some very exciting things are happening in the north fieldhouse and I am excited to see how far these young ladies go this season.”
The Rangers travel to Mounds View on Thursday, Dec. 6 for a 6:30 p.m. meet.