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Prep gymnastics: Willmar, NLS both hit big

WILLMAR — “Saturday Night Lights” appealed to both teams as Willmar and New London-Spicer each rolled to season-high scores before a large crowd at the Kennedy Elementary gym.

With junior Stephanie Thompson scoring a career-best 37.025 (and tying the beam school record), the Cardinals posted 144.0 to the Wildcats’ 137.15.

Haley Mottinger, a state entrant in 2013, drew a career best on vault at 9.55. Thompson was second with a personal best 9.4.

All five Cards stuck beam. Thompson’s 9.675 tied Sara Krueger’s 10-year old school standard on beam. Thompson led a sparkling 1-2-3 finish on floor with a 9.5 PB followed by Mottinger (9.475) and Alexis Miley (9.275).

Willmar’s Kendall Hein won bars at 8.625.

“We hit 20-of-20 routines,” glowed coach Jodi Mottinger. “It was big crowd and both teams really had some nice performances.”

The Cats’ Courtney Henjum finished second all-around (35.850) and had three third-places and a fourth. 

Willmar 144.0,

NL-Spicer 137.15

ALL-AROUND — (1) Stephanie Thompson, W, 37.025 (2) Courtney Henjum, N, 35.850 (3) Kendall Hein, W, 35.475 (4) Mya Rohman, N, 33.075

VAULT — (1) Haley Mottinger, W, 9.55 (2) Thompson 9.4 (3) Henjum 9.24 (4) Morgan Hamstad, W, 9.2 (5) Arica Clacny, N, 9.15 (6) Hillary Weiler, W, 9.1 (7) Kendall Hein, W, 9.05 (8) Hannah Kingman, N, 9.04 (9) Hannah Bisek, N, 8.6 (10) Rohman 8.25

BARS — (1) Hein 8.625 (2) Thompson 8.45 (3) Henjum 8.425 (4) Alexis Miley, W, 8.375 (5) Rohman 8.125 (6) Clancy 8.1 (7) Sam Goeser, W, 7.925 (8) Bisek 7.825 (9) Morgan Stoeberl, W, 7.725 (10) Rachel Vraa, N, 7.025

BEAM — (1) Thompson 9.675* (2) Miley 9.15 (3) Henjum 9.0 (4) Hein 8.95 (5) Bronwyn Tollefson, W, 8.5 (6) Kingman 8.5 (7) Vraa 8.4 (8) Alexis Goeser, W, 8.1 (9) Rohman 7.95 (10) Amanda Hacker, N, 7.55

FLOOR — (1) Thompson 9.5 (2) Mottinger 9.475 (3) Miley 9.275 (4) Henjum 9.175 (5) Hein 8.85 (6) Rohman 8.75 (7) Kingman 8.525 (8) Weiler 8.475 (9) Espi Austvold, N, 8.325 (10) Clancy 8.325

*Ties school record 2004 Sara Krueger

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