Hannah Hogan is back, and she kept the Tomah Timberwolves in the middle of the Mississippi Valley Conference gymnastics pack.
Hogan placed in the top three in all of her events and led Tomah to a third-place finish at the second MVC meet of the season at Sparta. The Timberwolves finished five points ahead of Onalaska.
Hogan spent the first six weeks of the season on the injured list but was able to make an impact to start the new year.
“She did an excellent job her first time with new routines,” Tomah coach Karen Brown said. “Her beam routine was her best I have seen her do. She did have some first-time competing jitters (and) extra adrenaline to work out, but it was great to watch her compete again.”
Hogan’s return was welcome because the Timberwolves were without Azalea Roberts, who suffered an injury last week. She was Tomah’s leading scorer in Hogan’s absence.
“That really hurt our team score,” Brown said. “We did break our 100 goal, but with Hannah back I was hoping to be closer to 110. We will keep striving for that.”
Balance beam was a huge improvement for Tomah with only one fall in five routines. Sticking routines were Arianna Hohenstein, Kalecia Kolinski, Sara Peardot and Hogan.
The Timberwolves also did well on the uneven parallel bars with three girls getting personal records − Madison Tesar, Lily Stewart and Ashley Nelson.
“These girls have been working hard for weeks on bars, and they keep improving − it’s great to see,” Brown said.
Vault was also a big improvement with Hogan able to compete and Tesar nailing a personal record.
Brown said the personal records were significant in building the team score.
“We only competed four girls on each varsity event and had to rely on them to hit their routines,” Brown said. “This allowed us to put four girls with four routines on jayvee to get a team score. Hopefully we can add more on Saturday.”
Team scores: Holmen 130.7, La Crosse Central/La Crosse Logan 127.35, Tomah 102.8, Onalaska 95.55, Sparta 67.825.
Tomah’s next meet is the Holmen Invitational starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by the Viroqua Invitational Jan. 19.