Youngsters make gymnastics a team sport at Tahoe Gymnastics
Gymnastics has become a team sport at Tahoe Gymnastics.
Due to a growing interest in the sport by younger athletes in the community and their ability to quickly pick up the events, Tahoe Gymnastics was able to compete as a team in Class 7 for 6- and 7-year-olds in the Silver State Classic on Feb. 10 in Reno.
Tahoe Gymnastics only needed the one meet to bring home its first team trophy. Led by Casey Tara, Kevin Griest, C.J. Linder and Garrett Singer, Tahoe Gymnastics earned a third-place trophy.
Tara won the high bar with a score of 9.4, was runner-up on vault with 9.0 and third on rings with 9.0. His six-event total score of 50.9 was worth fourth place in the all-around.
“Casey winning the high bar with 9.4 was pretty amazing; it was the highest score for class,” said Tahoe Gymnastics coach George Hery Jr. “He just did everything perfectly. They all do same routine at this level and evidently he didn’t have too many deductions.”
Griest was second on floor exercise (8.7), second on parallel bars (8.9) and fifth in all-around (50.5).
C.J. Linder finished third on pommel horse (7.1), fourth on vault (8.9) and sixth in all-around (46.1).
Garrett Singer came in seventh on vault (8.5), eighth on rings (8.2) and eighth in all-around (43.9).
Tahoe Gymnastics owner Judi Sabo coached the team, with Hery Jr. helping out part-time.
“They’re all really young and talented,” Hery Jr. said. “We are going to have a really strong base and we can keep building the team from there.”
Tahoe Gymnastics also had representatives compete in class 6, 5 and 4 meets.
Ricky Braun, competing in class 6 with 7- and 8-year-olds, tied for second on rings (8.7); tied for second on pommel horse (8.2); was third on parallel bars (8.6); third on high bar (9.0) and third in all-around (50.5).
David Levesque, making his competition debut, vaulted to third place with a 9.1 and was seventh in all-around (40.9).
In class 5 (ages 9 and older), Josh Hery placed second on rings (8.4), fourth on pommel horse (8.2) and fifth in all-around (44.0).
Josh Hery’s cousin, Bo Davenport, produced the highest score for class 5 and the second highest for the meet with a winning floor exercise score of 9.5.
“He’s amazingly talented,” Hery Jr. said. “There’s so many chances to make a mistake, like a wiggle in a handstand or taking a step out of bounds.”
Davenport also was second on vault (9.3), high bar (9.0) and in all-around (50.7). An all-around score of 51.2 won the class.
“He would have won the meet if he performed on pommel horse like he does here,” Hery Jr. said.
In class 4 , Tahoe Gymnastics’ Jacob Junge won the floor exercise by scoring 8.2. In this class for ages 13 and older, the technical requirements are higher and the scores usually are lower, according to Hery Jr.
Tahoe Gymnastics, with the exception of class 7 competitors, will participate in the state championships March 17 at High Sierra Gymnastics in Reno.
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