Gymnasts pick up pair of wins

Katelyn Fuller competes on the beam during a recent meet, while assistant coach Paul Fouquette looks on. In Howard Lake, Fuller took fourth place on beam.


The Maple Lake Irish gymnasts traveled to Howard Lake on Tuesday, January 21. The Lakers and the Irish competed with great sportsmanship and positivity toward each other. The Irish left with great team scores, a 125.825-118.25 varsity win and 100.85-82.85 junior varsity win over the Lakers. 
"I thought we had good energy throughout the meet and were very supportive of each other," assistant coach Paul Fouquette said. 
The girls represented their team individually as well. On vault Jordan Sifferle took first place, Maddi Maas took second place, Delaney Sifferle took third place, and Katelyn Fuller took fifth place. On bars, Heather Schlueter took first place, Jordan Sifferle took second place and Gracie Elsenpeter took fourth place. On beam, Elsenpeter took second place, Schlueter took third place and Fuller took fourth place. On floor, Schlueter took second, Jordan Sifferle took third place, and Elsenpeter took fourth place. All-around, Elsenpeter took second place, Jordan Sifferle took third place, and Fuller took fifth place. 
"I feel we all performed very well, but there is still room for improvement," Fuller said.
In the JV meet on bars, Schlueter took first place, Callie LaFave took second place, and Shauni Johnson took third place. On bars, Maas took first place and LaFave took fourth place. On beam, Maas took first place and LaFave took fourth place. On floor, Maas took first place, and Johnson took fifth place. All-around, LaFave took first place, Johnson  took second place, and Susie Rieber took fourth place. 
"It felt good having everyone cheer each other on and everyone being so encouraging," LaFave said. 
In conclusion, both JV and varsity came out with well-deserved wins. The girls were ecstatic about the win and motivated to keep working hard.
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