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LHS gymnastics team places second in Section 3A

Sophomores Ella Reisdorfer and Amira Cowell to compete at state
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Greg Hoogeveen

The Luverne gymnastics team traveled to Pipestone Saturday, Feb. 18, for the Section 3A team and individual tournament.
The seven teams competing included the host Pipestone, Worthington, Windom, Marshall, Redwood, Jackson and Luverne.
Among the teams were 154 total gymnasts performing for all-around and individual placing to move on to state.
“This is the best season record I have had since starting at Luverne. It also has been one of my most enjoyable seasons,” head coach Phobe Flom said. 
“The girls are so talented and so self-motivated it makes my job incredibly easy.” 
The Cardinals, set their sights high to move on to the state team tournament.
Unfortunately, Worthington dashed those dreams beating out Luverne in the team competition and moving on to state.
Worthington won with a team combined score of 143.925, Luverne took second place with a 134.275 combined team score. 
Jackson placed third with a 131.875, Redwood was fourth with a 130.875, Pipestone took fifth with a 129.600, sixth place went to Marshall with a 124.250 and Windom placed seventh with a 120.925.
The Cardinals have missed the opportunity to move on as a team, but they are sending two gymnasts to compete in the state individual events.
Sophomore Ella Residorfer qualified for the state all-around competition taking second in sections with a 36.075 combined all-around score.
Reisdorfer will compete in all four individual events; vault, bars, bean and floor, with the opportunity to place five times at the state level.
Sophomore Amira Cowell will represent Luverne on vault and bars at the state tournament.
Cowell qualified with a third place on vault scoring 9.125 in sections and third on the bars with an 8.350.
This will be Reisdorfer’s fourth-straight appearance at state and Cowell’s second invite. 
“I had all these girls since early elementary so it’s a very ‘family’ like atmosphere,” Flom said.
“It’s an amazing feeling watching them succeed at this level and conquer their goals.  I can’t put into words how proud I am. Every girl on this team is very talented and we are young. I cannot wait to see what is in the future for them.”
Luverne had many great performances at sections this year. Here is a breakdown of how the Cardinals did in each event.
Ella Reisdorfer – 36.075, second (state qualified)
Amira Cowell –34.025, tenth
Sarah DeCesare – 31.050, sixteenth  
Ella Reisdorfer – 9.175, fourth (state qualified)
Amira Cowell – 9.125, fifth, 
(state qualified)
Kendra Thorson – 8.650, tenth 
Kianna Winter – 8.550, thirteenth 
Sarah DeCesare – 8.050, thirty-first
Ella Reisdorfer – 9.200, first, 
(state qualified)
Amira Cowell – 8.350, sixth
(state qualified)
Sarah DeCesare – 7.250, twenty-third 
Addyson Mann – 7.175, twenty-fifth
Reagan Gangestad – 6.150, thirty-second
Ella Reisdorfer – 8.750, seventh 
(state qualified)
Addyson Mann – 8.625, ninth
Sarah DeCesare – 8.100, fifteenth
Amira Cowell – 8.025, sixteenth 
Reagan Gangestad – 7.850, nineteenth 
Ella Reisdorfer – 8.950, ninth 
(state qualified)
Amira Cowell – 8.525, thirteenth
Kianna Winter – 8.175, seventeenth, 
Sarah DeCesare – 7.650, twenty-fifth, 
Addyson Mann – 7.575, twenty-sixth

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