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The Forest Lake gymnasts (plus one activities director) come together after defeating Stillwater in a home dual meet on Dec. 19.

Stillwater is one of those schools that seems to be “good at everything,” so a Ranger victory over a Pony squad is often noteworthy.

The Ponies are pretty good at gymnastics – they finished second at the state meet last season – but that didn’t stop the Ranger gymnasts from upending them in a home dual meet on Dec. 19. The Rangers scored a season-high 142.25 points while the visiting Ponies finished with 138.775.

“I was proud of the way the girls came together as a team and pulled out a strong performance, especially on beam,” head coach Lindsey Pierron said. “We hit four out of five varsity routines, which made a significant difference in the outcome of the meet. If this team can continue to hit beam, their potential is truly limitless.”

The balance beam can be the most precarious event in the team scoring, since falls (and the requisite point deductions) are so common, but the Rangers rolled to an impressive 36.175 total in the event. Senior Gabby Walrath opened the Rangers’ attack with an 8.4, and the other three scorers all outshined every Pony, going 1-2-3 overall: Senior Sydney Nenn (first, 9.375), sophomore Keeley Sisco (second, 9.25) and eighth-grader Delaney Nickles (third, 9.15).

Beyond her victory on the beam, Nenn placed second in the floor exercise (9.2) and first in the all-around (36.175). Sisco was second in the all-around (35.975) and took third in the vault (9.15) and floor (9.1), while Nickles won floor (9.25) and finished third on the uneven bars (8.9).

In the J.V. competition, senior Saige Anderson was tops in the all-around (32.05).

Junior Claire O’Gorman, one of two returning state qualifiers from last year (along with Nenn), missed the meet with an injury, but is back in training and should be able to return to the varsity lineup when the Rangers get back to work at East Ridge on Jan. 9.

“It’ll be interesting to see how adding Claire back to the lineup will impact our overall team score,” Pierron said.

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