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Gymnasts record solid scores to open season

Personal-best scores by Halle Landstrom, Natalie Backmann, McKenzie Hagen and Ally Holmer led the Park Rapids-Menahga-Nevis gymnastics team to a 111.85 team score in the season-opening Morris Invitational on Dec. 1.

The Panthers received a 30.50 in vault with a pair of 8.00s by Landstrom and Abby Kirlin, a 7.50 by Morgan Koppelman and a 7.00 by Backmann. Holmer followed with a personal-best 6.80.

In floor exercise, Landstrom's 8.20, Koppelman's 7.65, Kirlin's 7.40 and Olivia Ulvin's 6.80 led to a 30.05. Backmann added a career-best 6.70.

Landstrom topped her previous high with an 8.30 on balance beam while Koppelman's 7.20, Kirlin's 6.50 and Holmer's personal-best 5.70 gave the Panthers a 27.70 in that event.

Park Rapids scored 23.60 points on uneven parallel bars behind a pair of 6.40s by Koppelman and Katie Eischens, a 6.20 by Landstrom and a 4.60 by Backmann. Holmer added a personal-best 4.00.

Landstrom was the Panthers' top all-around competitor with a 30.70 while Koppelman (28.75) and Backmann (23.10) followed.

Park Rapids results

Uneven parallel bars: Koppelman 6.40, Eischens 6.40, Landstrom 6.20, Backmann 4.60, Holmer 4.00.

Balance beam: Landstrom 8.30, Koppelman 7.20, Kirlin 6.50, Holmer 5.70, Billing Kelly 5.0, Backmann 4.80, Dennis 4.00, Hagen 2.10.

Floor exercise: Landstrom 8.20, Koppelman 7.65, Kirlin 7.40, Ulvin 6.80, Backmann 6.70, Dennis 6.40.

Vault: Landstrom 8.00, Kirlin 8.00, Koppelman 7.50, Backmann 7.00, Hagen 6.80.

All-around: Landstrom 30.70, Koppelman 28.75, Backmann 23.10.

Lakers win dual

The Panthers posted nine personal-best scores during a 147.90-118.425 loss at Detroit Lakes Tuesday night (Dec. 4).

Landstrom (8.55), Koppelman (7.95), Kirlin (7.70) and Backmann (7.05) received personal bests in leading the Panthers to a 31.25 in floor.

Park Rapids received a 31.90 in vault behind Landstrom's 8.35, Koppelman's personal-best 8.25, Kirlin's 7.70 and Backmann's 7.60. Hagen added a personal high of 7.20.

On beam, Landstrom's 8.075, Kirlin's career- best 7.90, Koppelman's 7.50 and Holmer's career high of 6.45 resulted in a 29.925.

Koppelman's 6.85, Eischens' 6.65, Landstrom's 6.35 and Backmann's 5.50 gave the Panthers a 25.35 on bars.

Landstrom took third in all-around with a 31.325 while Koppelman followed with a career high of 30.55. Backmann was fifth with a 26.25.

Cora Okeson used winning marks of 9.55 in vault, 9.55 in floor and 9.40 on bars to claim the all-around title with a 37.425. Justine Lawrence had the top score on beam with a 9.40 as the Lakers scored a 37.80 in vault, a 37.55 in floor, a 36.60 on bars and a 35.95 on beam.

"The girls did really well," said Park Rapids head coach Cyrus Gust. "DL has been dominant for quite a few years and they have a great program, but we don't play the comparison game. We stay focused on what we are doing and how we can do it better. The girls went in there, didn't allow themselves to get distracted and several were able to hit the best scores of their careers."

Detroit Lakes 147.90, Park Rapids 118.425

Floor exercise: 1, Okeson, DL, 9.55. 2, Hegg, DL, 9.45. 3, Jernberg, DL, 9.40. 4 (tie), Hultin, DL, and Yliniemi, DL, 9.15. 6, Landstrom, PR, 8.55. 7, Koppelman, PR, 7.95. 8, Kirlin, PR, 7.70. 9, Backmann, PR, 7.05. 10, Ulvin, PR, 6.50. JV: Dennis, PR, 4.10.

Balance beam: 1, Lawrence, DL, 9.40. 2, Jernberg, DL, 9.15. 3, Okeson, DL, 8.925. 4, Hegg, DL, 8.475. 5, Hultin, DL, 8.20. 6, Landstrom, PR, 8.075. 7, Kirlin, PR, 7.90. 8, Koppelman, PR, 7.50. 9, Holmer, PR, 6.45. 10, Backmann, PR, 6.10. JV: Billing-Kelly, PR, 5.00; Dennis, PR, 4.00; Hagen, PR, 4.00.

Uneven parallel bars: 1, Okeson, DL, 9.40. 2 (tie), Hegg, DL, and Lawrence, DL, 9.35. 4, Hultin, DL, 8.50. 5, Horne,r DL, 8.35. 6, Koppelman, PR, 6.85. 7, Eischens, PR, 6.65. 8, Landstrom, PR, 6.35. 9, Backmann, PR, 5.50. 10, Holmer, PR, 4.35.

Vault: 1, Okeson, DL, 9.55. 2 (tie), Jemberg, DL, and Yliniemi, DL, 9.45. 4 (tie), Whitworth, DL, and Hultin, DL, 9.35. 6, Landstrom, PR, 8.35. 7, Koppelman, PR, 8.25. 8, Kirlin, PR, 7.70. 9, Backmann, PR, 7.60. 10, Hagen, PR, 7.20. JV: Kincaid, PR, 7.20.

All-around: 1, Okeson, DL, 37.425. 2, Hultin, DL, 35.20. 3, Landstrom, PR, 31.325. 4, Koppelman, PR, 30.55. 5, Backmann, PR, 26.25.

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