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Panthers rewarded at Moorhead meet

Led by season highs in three events, the Park Rapids-Nevis gymnastics team surpassed a season-high team score with a runner-up showing in the White Division at the Moorhead Invitational on Jan. 13.

The Panthers used season bests on uneven parallel bars, balance beam and floor exercise for a 117.40 team score. Fargo took first with a 122.90 while Morris Area (116.50) and Moorhead Black (87.80) followed. Park Rapids easily surpassed its previous best of 111.85.

Park Rapids' top score was in vault where Halle Landstrom's 7.90, Erin Tooker's 7.90, Brianna Nelson's 7.75 and Morgan Koppelman's 7.70 led to a 31.25. Fargo's Alex Johnson took first with an 8.90.

Landstrom's 8.10, Olivia Ulvin's 7.60, Koppelman's 7.50 and Alex Kirlin's 7.30 gave the Panthers a 30.50 in floor. Fargo's Jada Persons had the top score with an 8.75.

The Panthers received a 29.50 on beam with Tooker's 7.85, Landstrom's 7.45, Kirlin's 7.20 and Koppelman's 7.00 leading the way. Fargo's Mackenzie Rhode led the field with an 8.60.

Tooker took first on bars with a 7.20 while Koppelman's 7.15, Katie Eischens' 6.45 and Landstrom's 5.35 rounded out Park Rapids' 26.15 team score in that event.

Koppelman was fourth in all-around with a 29.35 while Landstrom followed with a 28.80. Rhode won the all-around title with a 31.55.

Park Rapids' 26.15 on bars topped the field while Fargo led the way in vault with a 34.15, on floor with a 33.10 and on beam with a 30.40.

"The Moorhead meet went above and beyond my expectations," said Park Rapids head coach James Sanchez. "Their hard work this season is beginning to show in their competitions. Not only did we score another season-high team score, we had several individuals place in events across the board. It was good to see the team get rewarded for all they have put in so far."

White Division team scores: Fargo 122.90, Park Rapids 117.40, Morris Area 116.50, Moorhead Black 87.80.

Individual results

Vault: 1, Johnson, F, 8.90. 2, Lebrija, MA, 8.55. 3, Rhode, F, 8.55. 11 (tie), Landstrom, PR, and Tooker, PR, 7.90. 15 (tie), Nelson, PR, 7.75. 17 (tie), Koppelman, PR, 7.70.

Uneven parallel bars: 1, Tooker, PR, 7.20. 2, Koppelman, PR, 7.15. 3 (tie), Lebrija, MA, and Aarestad, F, 7.05. 5 (tie), Eischens, PR, 6.45. 12, Landstrom, PR, 5.35.

Balance beam: 1, Rhode, F, 8.60. 2, Tooker, PR, 7.85. 3, Lindquist, MB, 7.55. 5, Landstrom, PR, 7.45. 7 (tie), Kirlin, PR, 7.20. 10, Koppelman, PR, 7.00. 16, Ulvin, PR, 6.40.

Floor exercise: 1, Persons, F, 8.75. 2 (tie), Lebrija, MA, and Kienenberger, F, 8.20. 4 (tie), Landstrom, PR, 8.10. 10, Ulvin, PR, 7.60. 11, Koppelman, PR, 7.50. 14, Kirlin, PR, 7.30.

All-around: 1, Rhode, F, 31.55. 2 (tie), Lebrija, MA, and Aarestad, F, 30.00. 4, Koppelman, PR, 29.35. 5, Landstrom, PR, 28.80.

Panthers receive 116.65 at Perham

Perham claimed the top-five spots in all four events in posting a 143.85-116.65 victory over the Panthers in a dual meet at Perham Tuesday night.

The 143.85 was a season best for the Yellowjackets, who are rated No. 7 in this week's state Class A poll with a 141.992 average. Perham had scores of 36.25 in vault and floor, 35.70 on bars and 35.65 on beam.

Vault was the Panthers' best event where a pair of 8.20s by Grace Litzau and Nelson, an 8.00 by Tooker and a 7.95 by Landstrom led to a 32.35. Perham's Jada Olsen took first with a 9.60.

In floor, Park Rapids received a 28.75 behind Landstrom's 8.05, Koppelman's 7.65, Ulvin's 6.60 and Litzau's 6.45. Olsen agan led the way with a 9.55.

Tooker (7.40), Koppelman (7.30), Eischens (6.80) and Landstrom (6.60) led the Panthers to a season-best 28.10 on bars. Olsen took first in that event with a 9.70.

Park Rapids had a 27.45 on beam with Tooker's 8.00, Koppelman's 6.75, Ulvin's 6.40 and Kirlin's 6.30 comprising the team score. Sydney Bahls topped the field with a 9.15.

Olsen claimed the all-around title with a 37.70 while Koppelman took fourth with a 29.40 and Landstrom was fifth with a 28.85 as the Panthers fell to 0-3 in dual meets this season.

"I knew we were in for a tough evening. I felt that the girls had their nerves in full swing as many seemed to be out of their element in warm-ups," said Sanchez. "Going into the season, I knew every meet would not see an increase in score and this was our first time regressing as a team. We are in the home stretch and I have high hopes we can bounce back and get back to our upward trend."

Perham 143.85, Park Rapids 116.65

Individual results

Vault: 1, Olsen, P, 9.60. 2, Bahls, P, 9.40. 3, Fischer, P, 8.70. 4, Soule, P, 8.55. 5, Rohloff, P, 8.50. 6, Litzau, PR, 8.20. 7, Nelson, PR, 8.20. 8, Tooker, PR, 8.00. 9, Landstrom, PR, 7.95. 10, Koppelman, PR, 7.70. JV: Hagen, PR, 5.10.

Uneven parallel bars: 1, Olsen, P, 9.70. 2, Fischer, P, 9.25. 3, Bahls, P, 8.40. 4, Kovar, P, 8.35. 5, Rohloff, P, 8.20. 6, Tooker, PR, 7.40. 7, Koppelman, PR, 7.30. 8, Eischens, PR, 6.80. 9, Landstrom, PR, 6.60. 10, Litzau, PR, 5.55. JV: Backmann, PR, 5.00; Holmer, PR, 4.00.

Balance beam: 1, Bahls, P, 9.15. 2, Fischer, P, 8.95. 3, Olsen, P, 8.85. 4, Soule, P, 8.70. 5, Kovar, P, 8.50. 6, Tooker, PR, 8.00. 7, Koppelman, PR, 6.75. 8, Ulvin, PR, 6.40. 9, Kirlin, PR, 6.30. 10, Landstrom, PR, 6.25. JV: Litzau, PR, 6.00; Backmann, PR, 5.20.

Floor exercise: 1, Olsen, P, 9.55. 2, Bahls, P, 8.95. 3, Ruther, P, 8.90. 4, Fischer, P, 8.85. 5, Kovar, P, 8.75. 6, Landstrom, PR, 8.05. 7, Koppelman, PR, 7.65. 8, Ulvin, PR, 6.60. 9, Litzau, PR, 6.45. 10, Kirlin, PR, 6.45.

All-around: 1, Olsen, P, 37.70. 2, Bahls, P, 35.90. 3, Fischer, P, 35.75. 4, Koppelman, PR, 29.40. 5, Landstrom, PR, 28.85.

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