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Luverne gymnasts take second at Winterfest Invite in Marshall

Greg Hoogeveen

The Luverne gymnastics team traveled for two meets after the winter break this past week.
The Cardinals out-performed Redwood Valley in Redwood Falls Thursday, Jan. 5, and placed second in Marshall at the Winterfest Invitational on Saturday, Jan, 7.
The Cardinal gymnasts were scheduled to host Windom Tuesday, Jan. 10, and will take on Jackson County Central at home Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Luverne 126.550, Redwood Valley 125.000
Coming off a long winter break, the Cardinals gymnastics team narrowly beat Redwood Valley Jan. 5 in team results.
“The girls did a great job for not having much practice this week,” head coach Phoebe Flom said.
She said Luverne’s team victory was the result of individual efforts on the four exercises in the meet.
On the vault Luverne placed four gymnasts.
Sophomore Amira Cowell took first place with a 9.1, sophomore Ella Reisdorfer placed second with an 8.750, sophomore Kendra Thorson and freshman Kianna Winter tied for third with 8.650 points, and Hailey Como placed seventh with a 6.3.
Five Cardinals placed on the uneven parallel bars.
Reisdorfer was first with an 8.050, Cowell placed fourth with 7.350, junior Sarah deCesare placed seventh with 6.5, eighth-grader Reagan Gangestad was eighth with a 6.375 and Como was ninth with a 6.3.
Five LHS girls placed in balance beam competition.
Reisdorfer took first place with an 8.6, Cowell was third with a 7.7, Thorson placed fourth with 7.55, Gangestad placed eighth with 6.55 and Winter was ninth with a 6.15.
On the floor exercise Reisdorfer was first with a 8.925, Cowell was second with a 8.8, deCesare placed seventh with a 7.65, ninth-grader Addyson Mann was eighth with a 7.35 and Winter placed ninth with a 7.3.
All-around honors went to Luverne’s Reisdorfer with 34.325 points.
Cowell placed third with 32.950, Winter was seventh with 22.100, Kendra Thorson placed eighth with 16.200, Como was 10th with 14.650, deCesare placed 11th with 14.150, Gangestad was 13th with 12.925 and Mann placed 15th with 7.350.
Winterfest Invite
Luverne traveled to Marshall for the 2023 Winterfest Invitational Saturday, Jan. 7.
The Cardinals were among six teams that also included Willmar, Pipestone Area, Redwood Valley, New Ulm and Windom.
Luverne took second place in team results behind first-place Willmar by 3.600 points.
In individual events the Cardinals were able to place several gymnasts to help the team score.
On the vault Cowell placed third with a 9.0, Reisdorfer was fifth with 8.85, Winter placed seventh with 8.65, Thorson tied for 10th with Como and two others with 8.475s.
On the uneven parallel bars Reisdorfer placed fourth with 8.35 and Cowell placed 11th with 7.675.
On the balance beam Reisdorfer tied for second with 9.2, Winter tied for fourth with 8.375, Cowell placed fifth with 8.35 and Gangestad placed ninth with 8.025.
On the floor exercise Reisdorfer placed third with 8.750, Winter tied for fifth with 8.6 and Cowell placed ninth with 8.0.
In the all-around competition, the Cardinals placed two gymnasts in the Top 10. Reisdorfer placed second with a combined score of 35.150 and Cowell placed seventh overall with a combined 33.025.

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