Gymnastics: Elks top Park Center, stay unbeaten in duals

Elk coach Jenn Bartlett prepped her varsity bars group as they chalked up. From left are Bartlett, Alex Felt, Jessica Sadlowsky (back), Alyssa Walton, Leah Perrault and Alana Embury. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

The Elk River-Zimmerman-Rogers gymnasts posted their 23rd straight dual meet win, over Park Center 135.10 to 110.45, at  home Thursday evening.

Their top gymnast Sabrina Hoover missed the meet due to illness but the Elks (6-0) got three other girls back in the lineup.

Leah Perrault, who had missed some action with mono, returned to win three events. She took floor with 9.40, beam with 9.10 and bars with 8.25.

Courtney Bursch, who also had mono, took third on vault. Alex Felt, who missed a meet after minor injuries in a car accident, took third on beam and fifth on vault. Felt had a fall on vault but executed a switch kip nicely.

Perrault did not do vault, so Alana Embury was all-around leader with 33.75 points, followed by Alyssa Walton with 33.30. Embury won vault with 8.95 and took second on bars, showing off some new moves.

Leah Perrault returned from a bout with mono and won bars (here), floor and beam. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

On beam, Perrault was the only Elk with no falls.

“But the girls still had great routines,” said coach Jenn Bartlette. “We are working on polishing up the beam skills for sectionals.”

Floor ex was the Elks last and best event.

“The girls really stepped up on floor!” said Bartlett.  “They were fun to watch as they really sold their routines to the judge and fans.”

Next for the Elks is Centennial at  home Thursday.

Elks 135.10, Park Center 111.45

All-around

1. Alana Embury, Elks, 33.75

2. Alyssa Walton, Elks, 33.30

3. Sam Swanson, Park Center, 28.60

Vault

1. Embury 8.95

2. Walton 8.8

Jessica Sadlowski, Elks, 8.8

4. Courtney Bursch, Elks,  8.4

5. Alex Felt, Elks, 8.30

Uneven bars

1. Leah Perrault, Elks, 8.95

2. Embury 8.10

3. Walton 7.55

Felt 7.55

5. Sadlowsky 7.50

Balance beam

1. Perrault 9.10

2. Embury 8.05

3. Felt 8.0

4.  Walton 7.85

5. Swanson 7.80

6. Corryn Stelflug, Elks, 7.30

Floor exercise

1. Perrault 9.40

2. Walton 9.10

3. Embury 8.65

4. Sadlowsky 8.55

5. Stelflug 8.50

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