By Lisa Kissler
For the Courier
While the homecoming festivities last week made for some late nights for students at Evergreen High School, the Lady Cougars’ gymnasts didn’t slow down. In fact, they seemed to thrive under pressure.
For the seniors, Sept. 26 was the last chance for a victory in their home gym during the regular season, and they didn’t buckle under the pressure. In fact, the Cougars had the highest scoring meet of the 2013 season.
Evergreen’s final score of 168.75 is a compilation of the top five scores in all four events — floor exercise, balance beam, bars and vault. Lakewood finished with 159.825 points.
“We worked hard and we deserved to win,” said Evergreen senior Alyssa Brown. “It was especially great to win a home meet for homecoming.”
The opening ceremony featured a tribute to the seniors who, accompanied by their parents, were given flowers and were thanked by their teammates for their contributions to the team.
“They’ve done so much for this team,” said junior Anne Lauder. “And even though we don’t know what to do without them, we know they are moving on to bigger and better things.”
The four seniors leaving team are Nora Grosbach, Alise Lichen, Alyssa Brown, and Alex Greenbaum, who placed second on the bars, fifth on floor, and sixth on beam. Brown placed seventh on vault, ninth on beam, and ninth on floor. On junior varsity, Lichen placed sixth on beam and fifth in the all-around. Grosbach received eighth place on the all-around.
Sophomore Callie Cohen won first place for Evergreen in the all-around and junior Erika Kissler was second. Seniors Greenbaum and Brown were fifth and seventh, respectively.