Gymastics: ERZ depleted but defeat Osseo for 30th straight win
by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
A hobbled Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman gymnastics team extended its dual meet win streak to 30 on Thursday evening, beating Osseo 134.025 to 127.200 at home.
Freshman Alyssa Walton led the win, scoring 34.55 all-around for second place, and bars with 8.725.
“Considering all the people we have out, this really shows the depth we have,” said coach Jenn Bartlett. She added, “The girls are feeling the pressure of all these consecutive wins.”
Senior co-captain Leah Perrault, nursing a sprained ankle, won floor with 9.3, but had a fall on bars and two falls on beam, and scored low on the jarring vault event, 8.2.
The other co-captain, Alana Embury, missed the meet with illness, as did Lindsey Koosman and Lexi Stepan.
Katie Fleck hurt her ankle on vault, coming up short as she tried a new tuck suke, and had to scratch her other three events, leaving the Elks with four varsity on bars and beam as the JV had already done those events.
The Elks still improved to 5-0 this year with three conference duals left as they pursue their fourth straight NWSC title.
One highlight was Kendra Hambleton throwing a new handspring full twist vault and sticking the landing, scoring 8.975 for second place.
Elizabeth Wolney of Osseo won vault (9.35), beam (9.125) and all-around (35.80).
The Elks will compete at the Clemesen Invitation at Princeton on Saturday.
All-around – Alyssa Walton 34.55, Leah Perrault 34.025
Vault – Kendra Hambleton 8.975, Katie Fleck 8.3, Perrault 8.2, Walton 8.1, Corryn Stelflug 8.05
Uneven bars – Walton 8.725, Perrault 8.375, Krista Kovar 8.325, Stelflug 7.175
Balance beam – Walton 8.875, Kovar 8.30, Perrault 8.15, Stelflug 7.6
Floor exercise – Perrault 9.3, Walton 8.85, Kovar 8.4, Stelflug 8.375, Hambleton 7.4