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Luverne gymnasts make final push on the season with wins against MCA, Marshall

Last regular season gymnastics meet set for Friday in St. James, sections start Feb. 12
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Luverne gymnasts pulled together as a team in a rescheduled dual meet from December against Martin County Area Monday night.
At the Parents Night event, the Cardinals won over the Magic 131.625 to 127.375. They upped their season record to 6-2.
The win came at the heels of another win last week against Marshall, also at home on Jan. 27.
Luverne travels to St. James to take on the Saints Friday to finish out the 2021-22 season.
The 3A Section meet takes place Feb. 12 in Marshall.
Luverne 131.625,
MCA 127.375
Luverne started the meet by posting their highest vault and beam scores of the season (35.75 and 33.075 respectively) before turning to the uneven bars.
While on the bars, freshman Amira Cowell fell during a transition and was unable to finish the routine. She also didn’t compete in the last event for the Cardinals, the floor exercise.
Instead, teammate Hailey Como stepped up from junior varsity to round out the team of five on the floor.
The Cardinals swept the uneven bars and the floor exercise with scores of 29.95 and 32.85 respectively. MCA scored 33.075 on vault, 29.775 (bars), 32.150 (beam) and 32.375 (floor).
Luverne’s Ella Reisdorfer finished first in all four events and posted the highest all-around score of the meet with a 35.45. She received scores of 9.15 (vault), 8.45 (bars), 9.075 (beam) and 8.775 (floor).
Teammates scoring in the top four included Cowell second on the vault (9.025) and second on beam (8.4), Sarah deCesare third on vault (8.825) and third on bars (7.7), Tiana Lais fourth on vault (8.75), and Kianna Winter second on floor (8.55).
Luverne JV won over MCA 118.6 to 75.2.
Coach Phoebe Flom expects Cowell to return for the Cardinals’ final two meets of the season.
Individual scores
All-around: Reisdorfer 35.45, deCesare 31.725.
Vault: Reisdorfer 9.15, Cowell 9.025, deCesare 8.825, Lais 8.75, Winter 8.725.
Uneven bars: Reisdorfer 8.45, deCesare 7.7, Como 6.9, Addyson Mann 6.9.
Balance beam: Reisdorfer 9.075, Cowell 8.4, Kendra Thorson 7.925, Mann 7.675, deCesare 7.525.
Floor exercise: Reisdorfer 8.775, Winter 8.55, Como 7.85, deCesare 7.675, Mann 7.575.
Luverne 132.5,
Marshall 120.3
At the Jan. 27 meet at home, the Cardinals posted their highest score of the season with a 132.5 from the judges, and won the at-home meet against the Marshall Tigers by the largest margin of their seven meets, 12.5 points.
Coach Flom challenged her gymnasts to fight to stay on the beam, and they showed grit as they fought to stay on the 4-inch-wide apparatus and reduced the number of falls. Luverne swept the top five beam scores over the other five competing Tigers.
“Routines were so much better,” she said. “I thought they all did an amazing job last night.”
Cheers ran through the LHS classic gym as several Luverne gymnasts successfully completed more advanced skills and tied or increased the team’s season-high scores on the uneven bars (30.375) and balance beam (32.5). The Cardinals scored 35.675 on the vault and 33.9 on the floor exercise as they swept all four events from the Tigers.
Marshall scored 33.4 on the vault, 28.4 on bars, 28.375 on beam, and 30.125 on the floor.
Individually, Luverne swept the top three places in the all-around competition with Ella Reisdorfer posting the meet’s highest combined score on the four events with a 35.250, followed by Amira Cowell (33.55) and Sarah deCesare (32.050).
Reisdorfer also posted the highest scores on the vault (9.2), bars (8.425), beam (8.925) and floor (8.7).
Joining their teammate in the top four placings were Cowell who was second on the vault (9.025), third on beam (7.875) and floor (8.6); Tiana Lais, third on the vault (8.85); Kendra Thorson,  fourth on beam (7.7); and DeCesare, fourth on the floor (8.35).
Luverne won the junior varsity meet over Marshall, 114.7 to 103.55.
The 3A Sectional meet takes place Feb. 12 in Marshall.
Individual scores
All-around: Reisdorfer 35.25, Cowell 33.55, deCesare 32.050.
Vault: Reisdorfer 9.2, Cowell 9.025, Lais 8.850, Kianna Winter 8.6, deCesare 8.45.
Uneven bars: Reisdorfer 8.425, Cowell 8.05, deCesare 7.25, Hailey Como 6.65, Addyson Mann 6.375.
Balance beam: Reisdorfer 8.925, deCesare 8.0, Cowell 7.875, Kendra Thorson 7.7, Mann 7.6.
Floor exercise: Reisdorfer 8.7, Cowell 8.6, deCesare 8.35, Winter 8.3, Mann 8.1.

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