Boys' gymnastics finishes eighth in conference

By Alyssa Zediker
Executive Sports Editor
The boys’ varsity gymnastics team placed eighth at the conference meet held at Hersey on April 27 with a score of 127.75.
It was one of the team’s highest scores of the season although they are still looking to break 130, according to head coach Randy Smith.
Smith felt the team made a couple of good hits especially in events they had struggled with in the past.
“The guys are learning to become competitors and that’s the biggest thing,” Smith said.
Smith was very confident with the results particularly for vault, since it was the first time each team member, whose score went toward the team total, stuck the landing. Junior Chris Klein placed ninth with an 8.9 on vault.
Though Klein felt his best event of the night was parallel bars, since he held form extremely well throughout the event. In the end, he placed third with an 8.5 on parallel bars.
The team is now hoping to hit 130 at sectionals and get several team members qualified for state. To prepare they is switching from practicing individual tricks to practicing the full length routines.
“We are really not throwing in anything new,” Smith said.  “We’re just trying to clean up what we have, and the guys are learning that it’s not what you do it’s how you do it.”