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Prep gymnastics: Willmar’s Mottinger 3rd in vault, Thompson 6th on floor

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Willmar Cardinals put two on the podium at the Class A gymnastics meet on Saturday at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.

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Sophomore Haley Mottinger tied for third with a high and tight Tsuk with one step on her landing for a career-best 9.6

from the judges.

She placed sixth in the same event as a freshman.

Junior Stephanie Thompson took sixth in floor exercise with a score of 9.475.

“Steph had such a fine routine with near-perfect landings,” Willmar head coach Jodi Mottinger said. “Her joyful personality really came through. It was so exciting to see her get rewarded for all her effort.”

Sophomore Kendall Hein, competing in the all-around, had a “solid meet for her first trip to state,” Jodi Mottinger said. “Her first vault was the best one she has done in competition this season.” She finish 16th with a 9.3 score and 24th all-around (35.25).

Thompson placed 17th in the all-around (36.025) and 14th on balance beam (9.2).

Willmar’s co-head coach Doug Rossum was also named the Class A Head Coach of the Year at Thursday banquet after earlier receiving Section 6A Coach of the Year.

“It’s such a nice honor for Doug,” Jodi Mottinger said. “He does an amazing job teaching and also spotting the gymnasts on all their big tricks.”

Individual results

(Champion … Willmar results)

ALL-AROUND — (1) Sela Fadness, Austin,  38.7 …. (17) Stephanie Thompson 36.025* (24) Kendall Hein 35.25*

VAULT — (1) Fadness 9.675 … (3) Haley Mottinger 9.6 (16) Hein 9.3

BARS — (1) Jailyn Brinkman, Melrose, 9.65

BEAM — (1) Fadness 9.675 … (14) Thompson 9.2

FLOOR — (1) Fadness 9.7 .. (6) Thompson 9.475

*Thompson’s all-around scores—vault 9.25, bars 8.10, beam 9.20, floor 9.475; Hein’s all-around—vault 9.30, bars 8.525, beam 8.60, floor 8.825

TEAM RESULTS FRIDAY: Melrose Area 149.575, New Prague 149.050, Detroit Lakes 148.45, Austin 148.3, North Branch 146.3, Big Lake 139.0, Breck School 126.835, Martin County Area Magic 136.65

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