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Trojans gym team scores 138.925 to defeat Marshall Thursday night

Jan. 19—WORTHINGTON — Worthington High School's gymnastics team won yet another meet this season Thursday night in a defeat of Marshall at the Worthington Area Learning Center.

The meet comes after a scheduled invitational in Jackson on Jan. 13 that was canceled due to bad weather conditions.

The Trojans varsity team finished with a score 138.925 with their two best scores coming on the floor and the bars. Marshall scored 118.488 with its best result coming on the vault.

Along with a good performance from Worthington's varsity squad, the JV team also did well, scoring a 125.450. Winning the JV all-around was seventh-grader Marly Phonsatry with a 31.1 score. Bella Krohn scored a 30 for second place and Brecklynn Korthals scored a 28.25 for third place.

The first event for the Trojans varsity team was the bars and they started well with solid performances from Broklyn Dykstra, Jordis Weber and Claire Meyer. Dykstra scored an 8.15, Weber a 7.95 and Meyer a 7.75 to finish second, third and fifth respectively.

Thursday's meet was the first this season without one of the Trojans' most consistent gymnasts in senior Olivia Barber, who was out with an injury. Trojans head coach Joni Reitmeier said the girls did a good job stepping up in her absence.

"I think they did really good. It's a lot of pressure, I mean, (Barber) is a senior, she's been in the varsity lineup for several years, so she's a veteran," Reitmeier said. "She knows how to handle those kinds of pressures and these other girls don't have that experience. So to step up into a varsity role, having pressure to try to do well because they want to do well for their team and they want to do good for Olivia, I mean, that's a lot. And some of these girls are pretty young, have zero varsity experience or very minimal varsity experience. So I think overall, they did a super good job."

Senior Hali Bullerman led all scorers on the bars with an 8.975. Fellow senior Addison Gerber tied Weber for third place with a 7.950 as well.

Next up for the WHS varsity team was the vault. Bullerman and Gerber finished one-two in the event, with Bullerman scoring an impressive 9.4 and Gerber a 9.075. Cameen Mcfarquhar scored an 8.825 and Jocelyn Schlenner scored an 8.7 for Marshall to place third and fourth respectively. Kenadie Thiner placed fifth with an 8.65 and Dykstra rounded out the top six with an 8.475.

On the beam, the Trojans had a few falls, which is one area Reitmeier said the team could improve on going forward. Despite an early fall, Dykstra did well on the beam, placing first with a score of 8.675. Gerber scored an 8.650 and Bullerman an 8.375 to finish second and third respectively. Mcfarquhar placed fourth for Marshall with an 8.350 before two more Trojans rounded out the top five. Thiner was fifth with a score of 8.025 and Weber was sixth with a 7.250.

The vault and the beam were two areas of potential improvement Reitmeier mentioned.

"We definitely need to stay on the beam, we had a few too many falls. And beam is one of those events we can be super strong on but you have to stay on to score well," said the coach. "And we need to be able to land more of our vaults. We have four girls that throw what's called a Tsuk. You know, we had a couple that were able to land them today, we had a couple that weren't. And those are things that we really need to work on because we need them to land on their feet, especially with some big meats coming up."

The final event of the night for Worthington was the floor routine. Freshman Lucy Thier kicked things off for Worthington with a solid score of 8.325, good for sixth place. Thier is brand new to gymnastics, with this year being her first ever in the sport.

After that came two more solid performances from Thiner, who scored an 8.9 and Dykstra with an 8.8. The Trojans then ended the meet with dazzling displays from Bullerman and Gerber that excited their teammates and the Trojan fans.

Bullerman's outstanding performance scored her a 9.425 and a narrow second-place finish. Gerber's routine closed out the meet and her consistent excellence in the floor continued with a first-place score of 9.450. That score ties a season-high for her.

"Addison, you know, she's a beautiful dancer, she's a beautiful tumbler, she's got the total package," Reitmeier said. "She's a showman, so she really shows it off and that's the reason she ends our floor lineup. But you know, overall, I think all floors went well."

The Trojans had each of the top three finishers. Bullerman was the winner in the all-around with a 36.175. She's finished at the top in the all-around at every single event she's competed this season. Gerber was close behind in second place with a score of 35.125 and Dykstra was third with a 34.1.

Marshall placed fourth through sixth in the all-around. Mcfarquhar was fourth with a score of 33.475, Schlenner was fifth with a 28.750 and Autumn Deutz was sixth with a 27.325.

The Trojans will have a busy week ahead of them next week with a home meet on Jan. 25 against Redwood Valley before they host the annual State True Team meet on Jan. 27.