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The Trojan gymnastics team had two meets in South Dakota the week of ~ Jan. 24. Prior to those two meets, the '" "team had struggled after the Christmas --' break to put it together, but those days were obviously gone. ' On Tuesday, Jan. 25 the Trojans at- : tended the Milbank, SD seven school ": Invitational. Deuel won the meet with : a score of 142.25, followed by Britton, :" SD with 127.95, Milbank, SD had ' 122.75, Sisseton, SD with 114.9, Or- 'tonville at 111.5, Milbank JV at 93.7 i'and Warner with 32.75. While the Tro- 7~ jans did not win the meet they still managed to pull the team score up by g over 10 points in a week. ": Coming on strong to lead the team ~"were team captains Mallory Adelman -andRachel Berger. Both medaled in the top eight and also set personal bests c on many events. " The coaches have been drilling !i Rachel on leg execution and control- ~: ling the flow of her routines. The drills : paid off as Berger scored a personal >'best to medal sixth on floor exercise ' with an 8.35. Her no-fall beam routine medaled seventh with a score of 7.9 Rachel has spent countlesss hours on this piece of equipment to connect her 'series. She also scored a personal best " on bars with a 5.65 and her all around - score of 30.35 was another personal "'best, which was over two points !higher than her previous best score. ' Rachel also performed a nice hand- " spring half vault to score an 8.45. ; Mallory Adelman knows she is on the count-down to her gymnastics ca- reer, so she gave it her all at this meet. She rewrote her uneven bar routine and 5.9 on beam, 5.55 on bars, 5.55 on hit it clean to medal sixth with an 8.0, floor and 7.3 on vault. As she matures a personal best. Her floor routine was she will become a stronger competitor. smooth and connected to hit another The team then traveled to Clear personal best of 7.35. Mallory scored Lake, SD for an Invitational on Thurs- a 29.85 all around to gain over a point day, Jan. 27. It was obvious that Deuel on her previous best at this event. A would dominate the meet as they are clean handspring scored an 8.3, while the favored to be state champions in her beam score was 6.2. Once she so- South Dakota. Deuel scored a 143.60, lidifies her beam routine she should followed by Britton with 132.45, Sis- score even higher in all around, seton with 116.4 and Ortonville with Junior Kaitlyn Kottke competed in 109.4. The coaches were hoping mini- three events. A few falls on beam kept really for this score, but were wishing her score at 6.5, but without the falls it for a 116 if the athletes were on with has the potential to go into the eights, their routines. She had a few execution errors on floor This was the first meet since pre- to keep her score lower than normal at Christmas that the Trojans were at full a 6.2. Her handspring vault scored a force. Ortonville drew vault for first 7.5. round of competition and were looking Hannah Eustice has kept pounding extremely powerful and hit the best down on floor tumble over the past few team score of the season. The coaches weeks and it definitely showed. She knew that judging would be favorable pulled off both sets of back-hand if the gymnasts hit clean bar and beam springs to score a 6.15. Her beam rou- routines. However, it wasn't meant to tree is progressing, but a few falls kept be. the routine at 5.6. She also scored a The bar and beam competitors 5.25 on bars. struggled in their routines and gave Kirsten Giese managed to pull a away over 10 team points to falls. The clean handspring vault to score a per- coaches were disappointed with those sonal best of 7.9. She has been strug- two rounds of competition. Floor exer- gling on beam lately and had to many cise was last and those scores were de- errors and falls and scored a 5.0. cent for the gymnasts, but to little to Rounding out the team was seventh late to save the team score. grader Kersten Cooper. This young Captain Rachel Berger has been gymnast has been a real trooper for the driving herself hard at practices and it team. She has been willing to fill some shows in her more polished routines. voids left by ineligible athletes. Even She hit a beautiful twisting vault to though it causes her some anxiety to be score an 8.6, a solid floor routine for a running with older athletes, she has 7.9, beam was 7.15, bars a season high done a good job at this level. She com- of 5.7 and all around score of 29.35. peted in all around and had scores of Mallory Adelman had a personal best on vault with an 8.6, while her bar routine had a bobble, but still scored a 7.25. She scored a 7.35 on floor and had a 26.8 for all around. Kaitlyn Kottke struggled with a few beam falls, but her routine is so solid that her score came out at 6.8. Her floor score was 7.25, but when she toughens up the tumble this should rise also. Hannah Eustice has been plugging away with her floor tumble and she hit a personal best of 6.4. She has shown lots of potential on this piece of equip- ment the past few weeks, however she had some execution errors on beam and bars and scored 4.35 and 4.95 re- spectively. Other competitors were ShayRaye Redfield with scores of 7.0 on floor, 8.1 on vault and 4.95 on beam. Destiny Eastman had a clean handspring vault to score a 7.8 while her bars were 4.8 and floor 6.4. MacKenzie Streich score a 7.9 on vault and a 4.1 on bars. Kirsten Giese scored a 7.2 on vault and 4.4 on beam. Seventh grader Kersten Cooper had a personal best on floor with a 7.1 and had 5.4 on bars and 7.1 on vault. The team was scheduled to compete in Benson on Tuesday, Feb. 1 but this meet was canceled due to the weather. The Trojans will now prepare for the Section 6A Meet in Morris on Satur- day, Feb. 19. 9 The Ortonville Trojans hosted the Wheaton Warriors in Pheasant Confer- ence action last Friday in their only STAR with .... All Wheel" Drive ; Retail $19,975 #208 Nicely Optioned ! : ::iii:~i: '06 leep WARRANTY Leather, Sunroof Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 SLT Pkg, GYMNAST OF THE WEEK goes the seventh grader Kersten Cooper. She was moved up to varsity andhad her personal-bests of 7.25 on floor and 7.8 on vault at the Deuel Meet in Clear Lake, SD on Thursday, Jan. 27 game of the week. Both teams came in five rebounds, and had one assist. Trent tied at 2-0 in the conference, but it was Kuechenmeister netted 12 points with Wheaton that walked away with a 58- three steals, Dan Berdan added eight 43 win. points with five rebounds, Tate Mess- The Trojans were hoping for posi- mer had seven points, eight rebounds tive results on the night as it was Par- and one steal and Jacob Meyer had two ents and Senior Night. However, the points, four rebounds and one steal. Trojans did not shoot very well in this The Trojans had a tough night game and found themselves trailing at shooting the ball, going 13 of 51 from halftime, 32-16. the field for 25 percent, compared to The second half found the Trojans Wheaton which was 22 of 47 from the playing catch up, but the ball would field for 47 percent. not fall through the hoop as the Trojans At the free throw line, the Trojans fell to 6-9 overall and 2-1 in the con- were 14 of 20 for 70 percent while the terence. Warriors were nine of 20 for 45 per- "It was a difficult and frustrating cent. From the three-point line the Tro- game to watch," said Coach Jay Orvik. j ans were three of 16 for ! 9 percent "Their shots bounced around on the and the Warriors were five of 17 for rim and fell in while our shots didn't 29 percent. find the mark." This week the Trojans are on the The Trojans did a good job of shut- road for two games. On Thursday, Feb. ting down the Warriors leading scorer 10 they will play at Hancock with th B- Riley Wilson in that first half. But game starting at 6:15 p.m. This Satur- Patrick Conroy and Justin Lee came up day, the Trojans will travel to Morris at big, combining for 20 first half points, the UMM Campus to battle Hillcrest The Trojan would make only three Lutheran at approximately 3 p.m. This baskets and 10 free throws in that first game is part of the Pheasant Confer- half. "That fact pretty much sums up ence-Little Eight Showcase with four the ball game," said Orvik. games being played that day. The Trojans were led by Shane Lin- ............ dahl who scored 14 points, grabbed ;, TROJAN SENIOR TATE MESSMER tries to go between to Wheaton de- fenders in their game last Friday at Trojan Gym. Messmer had seven points and eight rebounds in the Trojans 58-43 loss to the Warriors. Lady Trojans travel to CGB tonight The Ortonville girls basketball team had their two games from last week postponed due to the weather. The game scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 1 with Hancock has been resched- uled for Monday, Feb. 14 while the game on Thursday, Feb. 3 with Min- neota will not be made up. This week the Lady Trojans will travel to CGB on Tuesday, Feb. 8, will host Lakeview on Thursday, Feb. 10 and host Morris Area/Chokio Alberta on Friday, Feb. 11. 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