By John Johnson
MHSAA communications director
The Rockford/Sparta girls gymnastics team Friday won the program’s first MHSAA title since finishing first in the Lower Peninsula in 1989.
Below are links to highlights from each apparatus, courtesy of the NFHS Network.
HOGAN TAKES ALL-AROUND HONORS – The top all-around score at the MHSAA Gymnastics Team Final was recorded by Rachel Hogan of Grand Ledge, a 38.225, and including this 9.550 in the uneven bars. Watch all of the bars action and order DVDs by Clicking Here.
MAD ABOUT MADI – Madi Myers of Rockford/Sparta led her team to the title with an all-around score of 37.825, including this 9.500 in the floor exercise. Watch all of the floor exercise action and order DVDs by Clicking Here.
KUNZ STICKS THE VAULT – Allison Kunz led Canton to a second-place finish with a 38.075 all-around score, her high being 9.725 in the vault. Watch all of the vaulting action and order DVDs by Clicking Here.
TERHORST TOPS FOR FOREST HILLS – Cassidy Terhorst of the Grand Rapids Forest Hills co-op (Central, Eastern, Northern) led the team with a 36.000 all-around score, including this team-leading 9.000 on the Balance Beam. Watch all of the Balance Beam action and order DVDs by Clicking Here.
Sophia Wagner ♦ Escanaba
Senior ♦ Gymnastics
In just her team’s second competition this season, Wagner set program records with a 9.8 on floor exercise and 37.380 all-around to finish first in both at the Escanaba Elks Invitational. The floor exercise record topped the previous Escanaba-best 9.7 scored by current senior teammate Sophie Lehto last season.
Escanaba’s gymnastics program has made major statewide strides over the last half-decade, and Wagner reached the Finals podium last season tying for fifth on Division 2 balance beam with a score of 9.025 while also tying for 22nd on vault. The week before, Wagner helped lead Escanaba to a sixth-place Regional finish against a field that included the last two Finals team champions. She also played tennis and was part of the No. 3 doubles runner-up as Escanaba shared the Upper Peninsula Division 1 team title this fall, and she finished second in pole vault and ran on the seventh-place 400-meter relay in the spring as Escanaba finished third at the UPD1 Girls Track & Field Finals.
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Sept. 29: MacKenzie Bisballe, Lake City volleyball - Report
Sept. 22: Jhace Massey, Gladwin football - Report
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Sept. 8: Owen Jackson, Traverse City St. Francis tennis - Report
Sept. 1: Rachel Forsyth, Ann Arbor Pioneer cross country - Report
(Photos courtesy of Victory Video and Photography.)