Champs on the rebound

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After early-season injures, Evergreen rounding into form

By Dan Johnson

The Evergreen gymnastics team hosted an invitational meet on Oct. 10. The Cougars competed against Denver East, Denver South and Summit.

With 50 gymnasts competing, it was an exciting and spirited day. Evergreen’s “A” team took home first-place honors with a score of 165.075, Summit placed second, Evergreen’s “B” team placed third, South was fourth, and East was fifth in the team competition.

Kelsey Valdez achieved her best all-around score of the season with a score of 35.525. Valdez placed first in all five events: bars, beam, floor, vault and all-around. Her all-around score ranks her third in the Class 4A state rankings.

Lily Werthan took home second place overall honors for the team with a second-place finish on vault, sixth on floor, third on beam and fifth on bars.

Cori Graves was third overall with second-place finish on bars, third-place on floor and vault. Jessica Himmelman was fourth all-around and placed second on beam and ninth on vault.

Amanda Davis finished second floor and seventh on bars. Kelly Creel was eighth on floor and Dani Adams had a fifth-place finish on vault and was third on bars.

Micala Mitchek was eighth on bars and sixth on beam while Macall Hock was eighth on beam and 10th on bars. Natalie Boor with fifth on beam and sixth on bars and vault, while Jessica Kroll finished ninth on floor.

The Cougars are coached by Monnya Silver and Marnie Bello. The team is gearing up for stiff competition at state against the team from Elizabeth. The girls have definitely picked up the pace and are rebounding from injuries and illnesses that have kept them from performing at their best in the last couple weeks.

The JV team also won by a landslide with a score of 122.325 with Summit placing second with a score of 46.00.

The next meet is Oct. 14 against Chatfield and Columbine at 6 p.m. at Columbine High School.

Short-handed Cougars fall

to Wildcats

Evergreen’s gymnastics team was without a good-number of its top gymnasts when they traveled to Arvada West High School on Sept. 30.

The Cougars dropped the cross-classification dual meet, 170.25 to 160.325.

Valdez scored a 9.35 on the beam, good for top honors. Boor was fourth on beam, fifth on bars. Christy Rose was fourth on vault and fifth on floor. Creel was third on vault and sixth on bars.

Davis was second on vault with a score of 8.45, Graves’ 8.5 score on bars was good for third and Himmelman finished sixth on beam.