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Gymnasts keep upward trend going

Surpassing season highs in floor exercise and balance beam helped the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team surpass another season high team score.

The Panthers surpassed 30 points in three events for the second meet in a row in a 151.075 to 123.825 loss at Detroit Lakes Tuesday night. The 123.825 surpassed Park Rapids' previous season high of 120.20 and was the team's best score since receiving a 124.90 at the 2009 Section 8A meet.

Park Rapids excelled in floor exercise with a 32.875 behind Erin Tooker's 8.50, Katie Eischens' 8.40, Olivia Fischer's 8.375 and Abby Kirlin's 7.60. Detroit Lakes' Cora Okeson took first with a 9.65.

On balance beam, the Panthers received a 31.50 with Fischer's 8.30, Eischens' 7.90, Kirlin's 7.80 and Tooker's 7.50 leading the way. Peyton Jernberg won the event with a 9.675.

The Panthers' best event was vault where Fischer's 8.60, Kirlin's 8.30, Tooker's 8.15 and Jasmine Cease's 7.90 led to a 32.95. Okeson took first with a 9.70.

Thia Olds led the field on uneven parallel bars with a 9.60 while Tooker's 7.50, Fischer's 7.10, Eischens' 6.70 and Kirlin's 5.20 led the Panthers to a 26.50.

Detroit Lakes, which is rated No. 1 in the latest state Class A poll with a 150.63 average, received marks of 38.15 in vault, 38.10 in floor, 37.475 on beam and 37.35 on bars.

Okeson won the all-around title with a 37.90 while Jackson Hegg was second with a 37.20. Fischer took third with a 32.375, Tooker was fourth with a 31.65 and Kirlin was fifth with a 28.90 as all three Park Rapids gymnasts hit season high scores.

"We are so pleased with the results," said Park Rapids head coach Rebecca Penning, whose team is 1-6 in dual meets this season. "I loved how they approached the meet with confidence and focus. The girls performed fantastically and had fun doing it."

Detroit Lakes 151.075, Park Rapids 123.825

Floor exercise: 1, Okeson, DL, 8.65. 2, Hegg, DL, 9.60. 3, Yliniemi, DL, 9.45. 4, Jernberg, DL, 9.40. 5, Smith, DL, 8.975. 6, E. Tooker, PR, 8.50. 7, Eischens, PR, 8.40. 8, Fischer, PR, 8.375. 9, Ab. Kirlin, PR, 7.60. 10, Ulvin, PR, 7.30. JV: Cease, PR, 6.20; Litzau, PR, 5.80; Al. Kirlin, PR, 5.80; Dennis, PR, 4.40.

Balance beam: 1, Jernberg, DL, 9.675. 2, Ostlie, DL, 9.40. 3, Olds, DL, 9.25. 4, Okeson, DL, 9.15. 5, Hegg, DL, 8.85. 6, Fischer, PR, 8.30. 7, Eischens, PR, 7.90. 8, Ab. Kirlin, PR, 7.80. 9, E. Tooker, PR, 7.50. 10, Cease, PR, 5.15. JV: Al. Kirlin, PR, 5.40; Ulvin, PR, 4.50; Litzau, PR, 4.40; White, PR, 3.60; Dennis, PR, 2.40.

Uneven parallel bars: 1, Olds, DL, 9.60. 2 (tie), Hegg, DL, and Okeson, DL, 9.40. 4, Chavez, DL, 8.95. 5, Lyngaas, DL, 8.80. 6, E. Tooker, PR, 7.50. 7, Fischer, PR, 7.10. , Eischens, PR, 6.70. 9, Ab. Kirlin, PR, 5.20. 10, Cease, PR, 4.30. JV: Litzau, PR, 4.00; Ulvin, PR, 3.30.

Vault: 1, Okeson, DL, 9.70. 2, Yliniemi, DL, 9.60. 3, Jernberg, DL, 9.50. 4, Hegg, DL, 9.35. 5, Smith, DL, 9.25. 6, Fischer, PR, 8.60. 7, Ab. Kirlin, PR, 8.30. 8, E. Tooker, PR, 8.15. 9, Cease, PR, 7.90.

All-around: 1, Okeson, DL, 37.90. 2, Hegg, DL, 37.20. 3, Fischer, PR, 32.375. 4, E. Tooker, PR, 31.65. 5, Ab. Kirlin, PR, 28.90.

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