The Tomah High School gymnastics team stepped up in all-around fashion Saturday.
Three athletes posted all-around scores by competing in all four events to lead the Timberwolves at the Peppermint Twist Invitational at Tomah High School.
“The girls did very well,” Tomah coach Karen Brown said. “We kept only four girls on each varsity event, so we relied on them all to perform their best, which I think they did very well.”
The Timberwolves got a boost from Azalea Roberts, who was sidelined by injury four days earlier in Arcadia but came back Saturday to post Tomah’s top all-around score of 25.55. She was Tomah’s top performer on vault (7.55) and floor exercise (7.65).
Ashley Nelson (23.975) edged out Kalecia Kolinski (23.7) for Tomah’s second-highest all-around score. Brown was pleased to see both gymnasts competing in all four events. She said the two push each other.
“They have a friendly competition going,” Brown said.
Lily Stewart posted the Timberwolves’ highest score on the uneven parallel bars with a mark of 5.4 to edge out Nelson (5.2).
“(Stewart) works hard every day on her routine, and it is showing,” Brown said.
Sara Peardot led Tomah on her specialty, the balance beam. She posted a 7.175 score and finished 20th out of 37 entries in the event. She stuck her routine for the first time.
“It was a personal best for Sara and fun to watch,” Brown said.
Kolinski also stuck her beam routine and scored a 6.65.
Brown said it was a strong performance from the Timberwolves on the beam.
“We only had four total falls in six routines − our best so far,” Brown said. “That was great as usually home meets we have more falls.”
Grace Braatz of Menomonie won the all-around competition with a score of 35.475 with Marshfield’s Macey Smith in second at 33.625.
The Timberwolves finished seventh out of eight teams.
Team scores: Marshfield 133.75, Menomonie 132.15, Chippewa Falls 129.1, Antigo 124.325, Arcadia 112.125, Westby 107.725, Tomah 99.925, Sparta 38.8.
Brown was looking forward to the meet after it was cancelled last year by a snowstorm. She said it was also a “trial run” for the WIAA Division 2 Sectional the Timberwolves will host in February. She said Saturday’s meet “went well, and we know what kinks have to be worked out.”
The Timberwolves registered a complete junior varsity score with six jayvee athletes competing. Stewart posted a 6.6 on vault, Anna Jackson scored 5.8 on beam and 6.5 on floor, and Madison Tesar scored a 2.6 on bars.
Junior varsity team scores: Marshfield 116.85, Chippewa Falls 89.75, Antigo 86.9, Westby 82.5, Arcadia 78.45, Tomah 33, Menomonie 9.1.
The absence of Roberts suppressed Tomah’s team score at the Arcadia Quadrangular Dec. 12. The Timberwolves were able to put only four girls on two events and five in the other two, and several competed on varsity for the first time.
Kolinski was Tomah’s top all-around performer (22.325) and posted Tomah’s best vault score (7.2). Peardot led on the beam (6.65) and floor (5.9), and Nelson paced the bars (5.5).
Team scores: Marshfield 132.375, Arcadia 108.45, Westby 97.875, Tomah, 90.1.
Tomah’s next action is the second Mississippi Valley Conference meet of the season at Sparta Tuesday, Jan. 9 starting at 6 p.m.