Esky claims triangular
ESCANABA — The Escanaba gymnastics team picked up its third win in a row to start the season with a triangular victory over Marquette and Negaunee in the Escanaba Invitational here Wednesday.
Escanaba finished with 120.58 points and was led by Lizzy Sliva, who finished fourth in all-around (31.4).
The Eskymos didn’t have the standout individual performances at the top, but everyone on the team did their part in getting the win.
“All the girls did a very good job,” Esky assistant coach Lisa Block said. “They were very nervous competing in front of so many people, but they performed well.”
Marquette edged Negaunee 111.59-110.47 for second place.
“Everybody really stuck with what they needed to do,” Redettes’ coach Bridget Johnson said. “Only four girls on the team have done gymnastics before so I’m happy to see them do what I know they can do.”
Haddie Ketzenberger was the top performer for Marquette, finishing second in all-around (33.45).
“Haddie went to states last year,” Johnson said. “She’s one of the best in the U.P. and she did great here tonight.
“But our five new girls did really good too — they were brave going out there and doing this in front of people for the first time.”
This marked Johnson’s coaching debut.
“I’m kind of new to this,” she said. “I did gymnastics in high school but this is my first time coaching.”
Negaunee’s May Waters won all-around (33.80) and Kylar Kallioinen took third (32.32).
“We’ve got two solid girls here who have been around for a number of years,” Miners’ assistant coach Bill Ellerbruch said. “They have been doing this since they were very young.”
Ellerbruch was also happy with the way the other girls on the team performed.
“The younger girls have stepped up and added skills at every meet,” he said. “Riley (Carlson) had a good beam routine and Kayla (Potvin) continues to improve on the beam and the floor.”
Esky’s Abbie Derouin rounded out the top five in all-around (30.47).
Block was excited to see Esky’s other gymnasts have nice nights as well.
“Caitlyn Davenport did exceptional on the floor,” she said. “She got a nice high score.
“Jasmine (Clark) always does very well on the beam. She’s very pretty at it and she did well at it again tonight.”
Kallioinen won floor exercise (8.6) and Davenport finished fourth (8.35).
Derouin won vault (9.0) and Walters won beam (8.45) and uneven bars (8.4).
Esky resumes in the Marquette Invitational Jan. 4.
All-around — 1. Waters, N, (33.8); 2. Ketzenberger, M; 3. Kallioinen, N; 4. Sliva, E; 5. Derouin, E.
Floor exercise — 1. Kallioinen, N, (8.6); 2. Ketzenberger, M; 3. Waters, N; 4. Davenport, E; 5. Berandt, M.
Vault — 1. Derouin, E, (9.0); 2. Kallioinen, N; 3. Ketzenberger, M; 4. Waters, N; 5. Block, E.
Balance beam — 1. Waters, N, (8.45); 2. Ketzenberger, M; 3. Sliva, E; 4. Berandt, M; 5. King, M.
Uneven bars — 1. Waters, N, (8.4); 2. Ketzenberger, M; 3. Derouin, E; 4. Sliva, E; 5. Kallioinen, N.