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Tahoe Gymnastics takes home two trophies

Tribune staff reports

Two team trophies, an all-around winner and three all-around runners-up highlighted two recent meets for Tahoe Gymnastics.

In their first meet of the season earlier this month in Sacramento, Tahoe Gymnastics’ girls earned a third-place trophy.

The boys’ class VI squad also brought home a third-place trophy at Rising Stars in Grass Valley, but it just as easily could have been second- or third-place hardware. The boys finished a mere .5 of a point out of first place as Technique Gymnastics of Rancho Cordova, Calif., came in first at 159.75 points, Clovis Academy was next with 159.55 and Tahoe Gymnastics was third at 159.25.

Leading the girls were Michelle Shirley, Glory Pillsbury and Veronica Jenks.

Shirley won the vault with a score of 9.275 and was fourth on the beam (8.1), Pillsbury was runner-up on bars (8.45) and scored 8.35 on vault and Jenks placed third on vault (8.85).

Shirley (32.675), Pillsbury (31.675), Jenks (31.200) and Lauren Pickering (32.375) each posted passing USA Gymnastics all-around marks.

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Pickering was consistently strong in her events, placing fifth on vault (8.6), fifth on bars (8.0) and sixth on floor exercise (8.25).

Kaelyn Dion was near the top in her two strongest events, finishing third on vault (8.9) and sixth on floor exercise (8.25). Harley Vane, making her competition debut, also placed high on the vault with an 8.5 score from the judges. Kera Higdon kept the good vault scores coming with an 8.3.

Stormy Arkell led TG’s veteran female gymnasts by placing third on beam and scoring 8.0 on floor. Cynthia Terry and Jordyn Pickering also competed.

“The girls all performed with excellence and it is no surprise that Tahoe Gymnastics’ girls earned the team trophy,” said TG owner/coach Judi Sabo, who is assisted by Susan Lum.

Raion Sabo won the class 3 boys’ all-around with a score of 42.7, Jacob Junge was runner-up in class 1 and Ricky Braun was third in class 5. Braun was second on vault (9.3) and scored 8.9 on floor, 8.5 on rings and 8.15 on high bar.

The third-place class 6 boys’ team was led by Kevin Griest, Casey Tara and Jason Reum.

Griest was runner-up in five events and first on high bar (9.5). His seconds included floor (9.15), pommel horse (8.9), rings (9.2), vault (9.3) and parallel bars (9.0).

Tara scored an impressive 9.7 to win the rings and was second on parallel bars (9.3) and high bar (9.35). He took sixth on pommel horse.

Reum provided the boys with their third win of the meet, taking first on vault (9.4). He also scored 8.95 on rings and 8.85 on high bar.

Also for TG, Petr Colwell received 8.65 on rings, 8.1 on vault and 8.5 on high bar. Mitchell Lincoln busted out an 8.0 on vault and 8.2 on high bar.

Both boys finished second in all-around. Griest scored 55.05 and Tara racked up 54.4 points.