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Willmar eighth-grader Sammy Goeser marked her varsity debut Thursday on the uneven bars in a Central Lakes Conference dual with Sartell in Willmar. Goeser was one of seven Cardinals to compete in their first varsity meet at the Kennedy gym. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Gymnastics: Willmar falls to Sartell to open season

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WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals introduced two veterans and seven varsity rookies on Thursday to the crowd at the Kennedy gymnasium.

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The young lineup was no match for the Sartell Sabres, who gra-bbed the Central Lakes Conference gymnastics dual 133.225- 122.00.

"I've never had a team like this," commented coach Larry Selchow of the remodeled Cardinals. "They often didn't look ready in practice, but tonight they stepped it up and I saw a lot of improvement in a short time. They look ready to move into their varsity roles."

Leadership is provided by senior Kelsey Jacobson and junior Abbey Weiler, both state meet veterans.

Only Weiler cracked the top two -- in all-around (33.55) and floor (9.050).

Jacobson took fourth in all-around (33.2). Sophomore Raelin Setrum debuted with a sixth-place finish on the vault.

Sartell 133.225, Willmar 122.00

ALL-AROUND -- (1) Maddie Benson, Sar, 33.8 (2) Abbey Weiler, Wil, 33.55 (3) Grace Vansuksum, Sar, 33.125 (4) Kelsey Jacobson, Wil, 33.2 (5) Mike Dockendorf, Sar, 31.925

VAULT -- (1) Dockendorf, Sar, 9.1 .... (4) Weiler, Wil, 8.850 (6) Raelin Setrum, Wil, 8.475 (8) Dana Woltjer, Wil, 8.225 (9) Jacobson, Wil, 8.15 (10) Kelsey Lloyd, Wil, 7.95

BARS -- (1) Benson, Sar, 8.55 ... (3) Jacobson, Wil, 7.575 (5) Weiler, Wil, 7.5 (8) Morgan Stoeberl,?Wil, 5.7 (9) Sammy Goeser,?Wil, 5.7 (10) Nicole Marshall, Wil, 5.6

BEAM -- (1) Vansurksum,?Sar, 8.575 ... (3) Weiler,?Wil, 8.15 (5) Jacobson, Wil, 7.525 (6) Woltjer, Wil, 7.25 (8) Liz Reeb, Wil, 6.35 (9) Marshall, Wil, 5.9

FLOOR -- (1) Dockendorf, Sar, 9.1 (2) Weiler, Wil, 9.050 (3) Jacobson, Wil, 8.95 (8) Setrum,?Wil, 7.45 (9) Woltjer,?Wil, 7.1 (10) Brooke Stier, Wil, 6.65

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