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Sophomore Samantha Goeser was Willmar’s second-highest scorer on the uneven bars with a score of 7.825 Thursday in a dual with Sartell at Kennedy Elementary in Willmar. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

Gymnastics: Cardinals soar past Sartell

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Gymnastics: Cardinals soar past Sartell
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR —  What’s new with the Willmar Cardinal gymnasts?

The youthful lineup made its home debut Thursday night in the brightly lit Kennedy gym.

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The team scored a victory over the Sartell Sabres by a score of 136.525 to 130.625. This came after a road loss to start the season at Sauk Rapids where the Cards tallied 134.95.

Performances were solid and there was just one fall on vault. Though young this team has plenty of experience.

Stephanie Thompson was first all-around (35.050) and in three of the four individual events.

Cassandra Johnson, the team’s lone senior, finished first in floor (9.225). The rest of last night’s scorers were either 9th or 10th graders.

“We tried some new routines so there were a lot of mistakes,” said coach Larry Selchow. “Stephanie and Cassie led the team and Maddie (Lindblad) had her best vault.”

Vault got Willmar off to a good start scoring 36.2. Thompson rated at 9.3 and Johnson and Lindblad both 9.0.

Typically, Willmar scored low in bar though the 30.775 score shaded the Sabres.

Thompson had Willmar’s only fall on the beam but her difficulty was still enough to win with an 8.85. She stuck a couple of somersaults to the crowds delight.

Johnson finished meet with a flourish with a winning total of 9.225 on the floor exercise.

Willmar hosts Litchfield on Tuesday.  

Willmar 136.525, Sartell 130.675

ALL-AROUND — (1)Stephanie Thompson, Wil, 35.050 (2) Cassie Johnson, Wil, 34.225 (3) Jenisa Cash, Sar, 33.025 (4) Haley Mottinger, Wil, 33.0 (5) Alexis Miley, Wil, 32.750 (6) Eden Garman, Sar, 30.925

VAULT — (1) Thompson 9.3 (2) Maddie Lindblad 9.0; Johnson 9.0 (4) Cash 8.9 (5) Mottinger 8.9 (8) Miley 8.55

BARS — (1) Thompson 8.075 (2) Grace Peterson 7.9 (3) Jenisa Cash, Sar, 7.875 (4) Samantha Goeser, Wil, 7.825 (5) Johnson 7.6 (8) Miley 7.275 (9) Mottinger 7.125

BEAM — (1) Thompson 8.85 (2) Lindblad 8.45 (3) Johnson 8.4 (4) Anna Neeser, Sar, 8.4 (5) Mottinger 8.125 (6) Alexis Goeser, Wil, 8.1

FLOOR — (1) Johnson 9.225 (2) Cash 8.9 (3) Mottinger 8.85 (4) tie, Miley 8.825; Thompson 8.825 (6) Lindblad 8.65

Wright County

Delano 134.625, NLS 119.125

Mya Rohman was fourth on the floor and fifth on the beam to finish fifth in the all-around standings with a 30.575 for New London-Spicer. Also finishing in the top five in an event for the Wildcats was Lauren Dietz in a tie for third and Hannah Kingman in fifth on the vault.

ALL-AROUND — (1) Anna Wischmann, D, 34.85 … (5) Mya Rohman, N, 30.575

VAULT — (1) Wischmann, D, 9.3 … (T3) Lauren Dietz, N, 8.375 (5) Hannah Kingman, N, 8.35

BARS — (1) Andria Shrode, D, 7.9

BEAM — (1) Wischmann, D, 8.95 … (5) Rohman, N, 7.3

FLOOR — (1) Schrode, D, 9.375 … (4) Rohman, 8.525

Result Tuesday

Non-Conference

Benson/KMS 122.125, Redwood Valley 117.625

An incorrect final score was published in Thursday’s edition. Benson/KMS won the dual with Megan Osterbauer and Caitlin Flower finishing second and third, respectively, in all-around.

ALL-AROUND — (1) Abby Schmidt, R, 33.725 (2) Megan Osterbauer, B, 31.375 (3) Caitlin Flower, B, 30.175

VAULT — (1) Ashley Bunting, R, 9.3 (2) Schmidt, R, 8.975 (3) Osterbauer, B, 8.7

BARS — (1) Schmidt, R, 7.85 (2) Bunting, R, 7.450 (3) MiKaylie Hagen, B, 7.25

BEAM — (1) Bunting, R, 8.425 (2) Schmidt, R, 8.4 (3) Caitlin Flower, B, 7.875

FLOOR — (1) Schmidt, R, 8.5 (2) Osterbauer, B, 8.025 (3) Sophie Ascheman, B, 7.975

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Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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