The Tomah High School gymnastics team jumped past Onalaska to take third place in the opening Mississippi Valley Conference match of the season Dec. 21 at Onalaska.

Tomah outscored Onalaska by 9 ½ points on the uneven parallel bars, where the Timberwolves had four varsity scores to Onalaska’s two. That negated Onalaska’s narrow advantage on the vault and balance beam.

“We were pleasantly surprised to beat Onalaska,” Tomah coach Karen Brown said.

The Timberwolves were led by all-around performer Azalea Roberts, who totaled 27.35 for four events. She paced the Timberwolves in vault (7.75), balance beam (7.05) and floor exercise (7.65) and scored a 4.9 on bars.

Kalecia Kolinski was Tomah’s other all-around competitor. She scored 6.15 on vault, 4.275 on bars, 5.975 on beam and 6.25 on floor for a total of 22.65.

Ashley Nelson led Tomah on bars with a 5.4 score.

Other Tomah varsity performers were:

Vault—Lily Stewart (6.45), Anna Jackson (5.9) and Reyna Herold (5.4).

Bars—Stewart (5.05).

Beam—Sara Peardot (5.85), Jackson (5.275), Nelson (5.075).

Floor—Peardot (7.425), Jackson (7.1), Nelson (6.15).

Team scores: Holmen 128.8, La Crosse Logan/La Crosse Central 121.375, Tomah 98.45, Onalaska 91.7, Sparta 29.1.

“We didn’t break our 100 goal again, but we were close,” Brown said. “Floor was our biggest improvement over Saturday’s meet. It was a springy floor, and they did well on it jumping up over two points. Beam again had only four falls, so we are doing better at staying on it.”

Tomah’s lone junior varsity competitor was Madison Tesar, who scored a 4.35 on beam.

The Timberwolves are taking a break from competition over the holidays. They return to action Tuesday, Jan. 9 for the second MVC meet of the season at Sparta starting at 6 p.m.

“Hopefully after the new year we will be injury and sickness free to have a full team compete,” Brown said.

MVC GYMNASTICS

Holmen 5

La Crosse 4

Tomah 3

Onalaska 2

Sparta 1

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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