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National Guard soldiers returning to Willmar on Saturday after 10-month deployment

Prep gymnastics: Cards top Paynesville with a 137

WILLMAR — The Willmar Cardinals entertained the Paynesville/EFW gymnastics team on Tuesday evening.

The Cardinals (3-2) registered a score of 137.6 while their guests totaled 111.375.

The Willmar score was their second best of the season; a 138.15 at the Marshall meet Saturday stands as the best.

The holiday break gave Willmar a chance to polish routines, noted coach Larry Selchow.

“Cassie Johnson had a great bars dismount and Haley Mottinger had a fantastic vault for a personal best,” said the coach. “Stephanie Thompson got us started on floor with a great routine. Overall we had a lot of good routines tonight.”

Johnson and Thompson finished 1-2 in overall. Heather Arnold had the best all-around score for Paynesville.

Willmar 137.6, Paynes. 111.375

ALL-AROUND — (1) Cassie Johnson, W, 35.025 (2) Stephanie Thompson, W, 34.250 (3) Haley Mottinger, W, 33.725 (4) Alexis Miley, W, 33.625 (5) Heather Arnold, P,  29.1 (6) Abbie Swenson, P, 27.275 (7) Abby Hopfer 26.975

VAULT — (1) Mottinger 9.375 (2) Thompson 9.1 (3) Johnson 9.075 (4) Maddie Lindblad, W, 9.050 (5) Miley 8.6 (6) Hopfer 8.2

BARS — (1) Johnson 7.975 (2) Samantha Goeser, W, 7.775 (3) Miley 7.6 (4) Mottinger 7.275 (5) Thompson 7.25 (6) Swenson 6.8

BEAM — (1) Thompson 9.0 (2) Johnson 8.9 (3) Miley 8.4 (4) Mottinger 7.8 (5) Lindblad 7.75 (6) Arnold 7.6

FLOOR — (1) Mottinger 9.275 (2) Johnson 9.075 (3) Miley 9.025 (4) Thompson 8.9 (5) Lindblad 8.675 (6) Arnold 7.89 (87) Emily Weidner 7.225 (8) Hopfer 7.225 (9) Swenson 6.90 (10) Allison Gottwald 4.675

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