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Gymnastics: Cardinals sparkle in narrow loss

Stephanie Thompson, a Willmar Cardinal freshman, flies around the high bar during her bars routine at Kennedy School on Thursday, the home-opener against Sauk Rapids. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

Tribune Staff Report

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals finished strong with a superlative performance on the floor but fell short of picking up a Central Lakes Conference victory on Thursday in the home opener.

Sauk Rapids outscored Willmar 135.45 to 134.35, just 1.10 apart after the four events.

"I was thrilled," said Willmar coach Larry Selchow. "Our floor routines all the way through the lineup was wonderful. It was exciting and fun."

Abbey Weiler and Stephanie Thompson finished 1-2 in all-around and Cassie Johnson placed fourth for Willmar.

Each won an event.

"This was a big improvement," said Selchow. "We just have to finish our routines. We had 3 falls on both beam and bars otherwise we could have won."

Sauk Rapids 135.45, Willmar 134.35

ALL-AROUND -- (1) Abbey Weiler, W, 34.9 (2) Stephanie Thompson, W, 34.075 (3) Sydney Schindler, SR, 33.775 (4) Cassie Johnson, W, 33.375

VAULT -- (1) Alyssa Wagner, S, 9.25 (2) Weiler 9.15 (3) Johnson 9.125 (4) Thompson, 9.05 .... (9) Maddie Lindblad 8.95 (10) Alexis Miley 8.5

BARS -- (1) Weiler, W, 8.3 (2) Jackie Braun, 8.15 .... (7) Johnson 7.225 (8) Thompson 7.025 (9) Nicole Marshall 6.9 (10) Morgan Stroeberl 6.85

BEAM -- (1) Thompson 9.2 (2) Becky Templin, S, 8.7 (3) Schindler, S, 8.4 (4) Weiler 8.3 ... (7) Johnson 7.85 (8) Miley 7.6 (10) Lindblad 6.85

FLOOR -- (1) Johnson 9.175 (2) Weiler 9.15 (3) Schlinder 9.05 (4) Thompson 8.8 (7) Miley 8.55 (8) Lindblad 8.5

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