It was Senior and Parents Night for the Viroqua cooperative (Viroqua, Cashton, De Soto) gymnastics team, Tuesday, Jan. 9, and the Blackhawks could not have written a better script.
Hailey Gillen and Madrona Murdock, the only two seniors on the Viroqua roster, each delivered personal best performances and the Blackhawks as a team were victorious over Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau for the first time in recent memory. The final score for the Coulee Conference dual was Viroqua 120.750 and G-E-T 117.5750.
“It seems like it has been a long time since we won a dual against G-E-T,” said coach Darcy McClellend. “It was a great for our two seniors and for the rest of the girls to honor their parents… nice to have the win…but there are a few more new skills we want to get more comfortable with and confident in their routines. This will boost the girl’s individual and team score up even more.”
McClelland went on to comment on her two Blackhawk seniors saying, “It was wonderful to see them (Hailey and Madrona) do so well on Senior Night. I am very proud of these two young ladies with all their hard work and dedication they have given this team over the past few years.”
Gillen turned in her personal best on the balance beam with a 7.0, while Murdock scored a personal best 6.8 with a no-fall routine in the same event.
Lydia Korn was at the top of the podium in three of four events en route to winning the all-around competition with an impressive four-event score of 33.525. Korn, a Cashton High School sophomore, won the floor exercise with an 8.950, the beam at 8.325, the vault with an 8.400 and was second on the uneven bars with a 7.850.
CHS sophomore Gracey Mlsna was fourth in the all-around with a four-event total of 28.80, placing second in the vault with an 8.050, fifth on the bars at 6.70, sixth on the floor with a 7.650 and eight in the beam at 6.40.
Yet another CHS athlete, freshman Kayden Kramer, finished in the top six individually in three of the four events, including a second-place tie in the bars with a 7.850, third-place tie in the floor with an 8.075 and sixth in the vaul at 7.80.
VHS freshman Katrina Koppa competed in two events finishing 5th in the beam scoring a 6.875 and 6th on the bars with a 6.125. DeSoto HS freshman Kenzy Kreuzer also competed in a pair of varsity events, placing 4th on the beam with a 7.10 and 8th in the vault at 7.650.
Led by yet another strong performance by Korn the Blackhawks took home the second-place team medal in Division 2 among eight schools competing at the McClellan Invitational in Holmen, Saturday, Jan. 13.
The Cashton athlete placed second in the all-around competition, posting a 34.275, while taking the top spot in the two most challenging events, beam with an 8.825 and the bars with an 8.125. Korn placed second in the other two events with a 9.20 on the floors and an 8.10 in the vault.
Mlsna earned eighth place individually with an all-event total of 28.600, scoring a 7.450 on the vault, a 7.250 on floor, a 7.100 on the beam and a 6.80 on the bars.
Kramer competed well in three events, placing third on the uneven bars with a 7.825, tied for fourth on the vault with an 8.10 and tied for 11th on the floor with a 7.650.
Kruezer’s top event was a fourth-place medal in the balance beam with a 7.750 and scored a 7.70 on the vault.
Other Blackhawks scores included Gillen 7.40 on the vault and 6.850 on the floor; Koppa a 6.050 on the bars and a 6.20 on the beam; and Murdock a 6.90 on the beam and a 6.275 on the floor.
“This was a good day for our young team,” McClelland said. “My expectations for this team are high and even though we fell a little short…I felt the girls are still improving. I also feel that they are still holding themselves back a little…they all just need to be more confident competitors.”
Southwestern/Cuba City edged Viroqua for the team title with 124.150, Viroqua was next with 121.70, followed by Sauk Prairie 119.250, Westby 109.250, Reedsburg 105.7750, Arcadia 103.250, Tomah 98.700 and Sparta 62.0250.