Rockford Sports report
BY DAVE PEDERSEN
Every “wobble” counts was the valuable lesson learned by Rockford’s gymnastics team when defeating Dassel-Cokato by the narrowest of margins, 122.075 to 122.05.
“It was a good meet for us with the exception that after bars Julia Dalluge was out due to an injury,” said coach Jessica Johnson. “Without her the girls had to step things up a bit and that is just what they did.”
Johnson adds that the final score was so close that “you can’t pinpoint just one thing that gave us the extra .025 to win. I told the girls that the difference in our scores was less than a wobble on beam. Chances are we will never have a meet that close again. What a meet!”
Amber Sahli placed second in the all-around, finishing second on uneven bars, third on vault and fourth on balance beam. Madisyn Bartlett captured third in the all-around, placing fifth on both bars and floor exercise.
Heidi Trandahl was third on floor exercise, fourth on vault and fifth in the all-around. Rachel Selly was second on floor and third on beam. Mikayla Erickson won the balance beam event.
In the next meet, Rockford lost to Rush City/Pine City/Hinckley/Finlayson in the last home meet of the season 130.45 to 123.875.
“We may have not won, but in our hearts we did because it was our top score of the season thus far,” notes Johnson. “It was a special night for us as we honored our six seniors: captains Erickson and Sahli, Danielle Patnode, Mariah Givens, Adrianne Klaus and Yue Zhang.”
Sahli finished fourth on bars and fifth on both floor and in the all-around. Trandahl was third on vault. Dalluge placed second on bars and fifth on vault. Erickson was fourth on beam, Bartlett was fifth on floor and Skylar Young was fifth on bars.
Rockford heads to the Watertown-Mayer Invitational, 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 and will enter the Princeton Invite Saturday, Jan. 11.
Rocket sports report
Boys basketball cruised to an 80-52 triumph over Morris at the St. James tournament last week, improving to 7-2.
The Rockets are home to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Friday, Jan. 3, to Minneapolis Roosevelt Jan. 6 and Holdingford Jan. 9.
Rockford entered last week’s Jordan girls basketball tournament, losing 75-39 to 4A power Rogers. Sam Bagaason and Nugi Lee both scored 11 points.
Next came a 45-42 loss to Moose Lake-Willow River. Brianna Calder, who has been sidelined with an injury, scored 14 points to pace the offense. Abby Botten and Lee both scored seven and Allison McNeal added six points.
The Rockets play at Watertown-Mayer, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4, are home to Maple Lake Jan. 7 and home to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Jan. 10.
Rocket wrestlers compete at the Brooklyn Center tournament starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 and at the Zimmerman Invite Jan. 11.