The Tomah High School gymnastics team launched its season Dec. 9 with a trip to the Baraboo Invitational.

The Timberwolves scored 100.775 points and finished ninth out of nine teams.

Tomah was led by Azalea Roberts, who scored 22 on the all-around. She was Tomah’s top competitor on the floor exercise (7.35) and vault (5.4).

“Azalea was battling an injury but started the year off well,” Tomah coach Karen Brown said.

Tomah also got an all-around effort from sophomore Ashley Nelson, who performed all four events for the first time. She was Tomah’s second-highest finisher on vault (7.05) and uneven parallel bars (5.1).

“Last year she only competed bars, and this year stepped up and is working all four events,” Brown said. “She had a lot of nerves for the first meet but did well and will improve throughout the season.”

Sara Peardot was the Timberwolves’ top finisher on beam with a 6.45.

Also competing varsity for the first time were Lily Stewart on bars; Kalecia Kolinski on vault, bars and floor; Arianna Hohenstein on beam; and Madison Tesar on vault.

“We have a inexperienced team this year − only three girls with a lot of varsity experience,” Tomah coach Karen Brown said. “A lot of first-time nerves were apparent.”

Team scores: West Salem 135.775, Waunakee/Deforest 131.8, Dodgeville Mineral Point 131.2, Baraboo 126.2, Sauk Prairie 115.95, River Valley 115.25, Markesan 107.05, Reedsburg 106.775, Tomah 100.775. The Timberwolves start their Mississippi Valley Conference season Tuesday with a meet at Onalaska starting at 6 p.m.

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

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