by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
After three weeks of practices to hone their skills, the Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman gymnasts looked sharp and consistent as they returned to action Thursday evening.
The Elks, led by Alana Embury and Alyssa Walton, out-pointed Champlin Park 136.55 to 128.80 at home, with 19 of 20 performances scoring at least in the eight’s, and two in the nine’s.
“Everyone is improving their skills, varsity and JV, too,” said coach Jenn Bartlett. “We are nowhere near our potential.”
The Elks had not competed since Dec. 13, and were able to work over the holiday break on skills they started over the summer, said Bartlett.
The victory was the 29th straight over four seasons for the Elks.
“We are aware of it,” said Embury, a senior, asked if the girls are wary of having the streak stopped. “We know we’ve won three straight conference titles and we want to win another one, so I think that is our main goal, the one at the end of the season.”
Embury was the lone Elk going all-around, scoring 34.325 to beat three Rebel all-arounders, with Amanda Cunningham second at 33.600. Embury noted that a fall on beam and a slip on bars cost her, but otherwise things went pretty well.
Walton, a freshman, won uneven bars with 8.850 and floor exercise with 9.175. She threw a new aerial on beam and fell, but that’s one example of the Elks determined to expand their routines.
The Elks topped 136 despite not having Leah Perrault at full bore as the senior leader turned her ankle on her first vault to open the meet and skipped beam and floor. She took sixth with her one painful vault and third on bars.
Eight Elks made solid contributions. Earning second-place points were Jessica Sadlowski (tie) in vault, Krista Kovar in bars, Embury on floor and Corryn Stelflug on beam.
Next for the Elks is the Faribault Invitational, where the team will split into a Rogers lineup and an Elk River-Zimmerman lineup.
Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman 136.55, Champlin Park 128.80
(1) Alana Embury, ERZ, 34.325
(2) Amanda Cunningham, CP, 33.600
(3) Cassidy Soli, CP, 31.550
(4) Somer Soli, CP, 31.175
(1) Embury 9.050
(2) Kourtney Kline, CP, 8.500
Jessica Sadlowski, ERZ, 8.500
(4) Kendra Hambleton, ERZ, 8.450
(5) Amanda Cunningham, CP, 8.350
(6) Leah Perrault, ERZ, 8.200
Allie Johnson, CP, 8.200
(1) Alyssa Walton, ERZ, 8.850
(2) Krista Kovar, ERZ, 8.425
(3) Perrault 8.275
(4) Katie Fleck, ERZ, 8.225
(1) Cunningham 8.700
(2) Corryn Stelflug, ERZ, 8.550
(3) Sadlowski 8.400
Anna Huynh, CP, 8.400
(5) Walton 8.250
(6) Kovar 8.175
(1) Walton 9.175
(2) Embury 9.125
(3) Huynh 8.700
(4) Cunningham 8.625
(5) Fleck 8.600
(6) Kourtney Kline, CP, 8.500
(7) Sadlowski 8.300