Despite a rough night on the uneven parallel bars, the Tomah High School gymnastics team cleared two hurdles in La Crosse Tuesday.

The Timberwolves:

  • Hit triple digits with the team score.
  • Stayed ahead of Onalaska.

Coach Karen Brown’s team survived an avalanche of falls on bars to finish third out of five teams at the third Mississippi Valley Conference meet of the season at Performance Elite Gymnastics in La Crosse.

The Timberwolves scored 101.7 points despite hemorrhaging points on bars. Every Tomah entrant had at least one fall from the apparatus.

“We turned it around and did better on all our other three events,” Brown said. “We were able to score over 100 and had some nice improvements.”

Sophomore Hannah Hogan was Tomah’s top all-around gymnast. The scores from her four events totaled 26.15 points, and she was Tomah’s highest scorer on balance beam (7.275) and floor exercise (7.775).

Lily Stewart posted the Timberwolves’ top score on bars (4.5), and Madison Tesar led the Timberwolves on vault (7.85).

Ashley Nelson and Kalecia Kolinski were Tomah’s two other all-around performers. Nelson scored a 24.875 and Kolinski totaled 22.375.

Brown said the team hadn’t practiced for five days heading into the meet. The Timberwolves competed at Viroqua Jan. 19 and had practice cancelled by snow Jan. 22.

“It was hard to get started,” Brown said.

Caelen Lansing of La Crosse Central/La Crosse Logan was the meet’s top overall gymnast with a score of 35.5. Kabryn Burns of Holmen was second at 34.825.

Team scores: Holmen 131.9, La Crosse Central/La Crosse Logan 129.350, Tomah 101.7, Onalaska 78.65, Sparta 58.325.

The Timberwolves will enjoy two weeks of beneficial practice time before hosting an MVC meet Thursday, Feb. 8 at Tomah High School at 6 p.m.. It will be parents/senior night.

The regular season concludes Feb. 15 with an MVC meet at Holmen.

MVC GYMNASTICS

(After 3 of 5 meets)

Holmen;15

Central/Logan;12

Tomah;9

Onalaska;6

Sparta;4

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Tomah Journal editor

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

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