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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar junior Stephanie Thompson executes on uneven parallel bars, scoring 8.55, as part of her 36.30 all-around score, good for second place Thursday in Willmar.

Prep gymnastics: Willmar tips Alex

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West Central Tribune
Prep gymnastics: Willmar tips Alex
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR — First-place finishes by Stephanie Thompson on balance beam and Alexis Miley in floor exercise propelled Willmar to a Central Lakes Conference win over visiting Alexandria 142.375 to 136.475.

It’s Willmar’s second-highest score of the winter season and best against a CLC opponent. Willmar goes to 3-1 in the loop and 4-2 in all duals. Alex falls back to 2-2 and and 6-3.

Thompson scored 9.4 on beam and Miley 9.25, finishing 1-2. Miley hit her floor exercise again reaping her second-best score of 9.5.

Hailey Mottinger, still not 100 percent, competed in two events. Her vault was high and tight with two near perfect landings, good enough for 9.375. That was second only to Alexandria’s top gymnast, who had spectacular rotation coming off the apparatus and solid landings for a 9.525.

Wendel, a junior, would also win bars and post the best all-around, 37.05.

Mottinger also was in good form on the floor drawing a 9.425. Kendall Hein, a sophomore led Willmar on the uneven parallel bars with a 8.95 for second.

Willmar has one day to get ready for state Class A True Team Saturday at Melrose. 

Willmar 142.375, Alexandria 136.475

ALL-AROUND — (1) Hannah Wendel, A, 37.05 (2) Stephanie Thompson, W, 36.3 (3) Alexis Miley, W, 35.875

VAULT — (1) Wendel 9.525 (2) Haley Mottinger, W, 9.375 (3) Tahlia Bowden, A, 9.35(4) Thompson 9.2 (5) Morgan Hamstad 9.1 … (6) Sam Goeser 8.875 (7) Miley 8.7

BARS — (1) Wendel 9.15 (2) Kendall Hein, W, 8.95 (3) Bowden, 8.6 (4) Thompson 8.55 (5) Miley 8.425 …. (6) Goeser 7.9 (10) Morgan Stoeberl, W, 7.1 

BEAM — (1) Thompson 9.4 (2) Miley 9.25 (3) Wendel 8.925 (4) Bowden 8.9 (5) Bronwyn Tollefson, W, 8.225 …. (7) Hein 8.15 (8) S. Goeser 8.05 FLOOR — (1) Miley 9.5 (2) Wendel 9.45 (3) Mottinger 9.425 (4) Thompson 9.15 (5) Hein 8.9 … (6) Tollefson 8.7l

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