Rockford also seeks spots at start meet
BY DAVE PEDERSEN
Delano will defend its Section 5A gymnastics title and Rockford will seek to show how much progress the program has made.
Both teams are in the same section that competes at Breck High School in Golden Valley, starting at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Both teams sent individuals to state last season.
The Tigers lost several all-around gymnasts to graduation, but the team has been rebuilding with a good turnout of talented newcomers to varsity. Scores started out in the 120’s but reached a season high in Friday’s 132.75-122.75 victory over Litchfield at home.
Delano won the top three all-around places with Amelia Sutherland, Cassie Moe and Alexus Aguirre. Sutherland, who was limited at mid season by an injury, has come on strong. She also took first on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. She has qualified for state the past four seasons.
Moe, also patched up during meets this season, has been at her best in recent meets. Against Litchfield she was second on floor and third on both bars and beam. Aguirre placed second on vault and bars, plus tied for fourth on beam.
Kaarina Eskola placed second on balance beam and was third on vault. Sam VanCura tied for fourth on beam.
Rockford has been hampered by injuries to proven leaders. Mikayla Erickson and Rachel Selly did not compete at Saturday’s conference meet in Becker.
The team still scored 122.6 points to place fifth. Three ninth-place finishers included Julia Dalluge in the all-around, Heidi Trandahl on balance beam and Amber Sahli on uneven bars.
“We should all be in full force for sections,” said coach Jessica Johnson about having Erickson, Selly, Dalluge, Sahli and Trandahl leading the way. “There are places up for grabs and if the girls hit their marks, they could all secure a place in the state tournament.”