Balance beam effort helps Mitchell gymnastics win first place at Forseth Invitational

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SIOUX FALLS – A strong performance on balance beam helped the Mitchell High School gymnastics team win the Lolly Forseth Invitational on Saturday in Sioux Falls Lincoln.

The Kernels scored 145.800 points as a team, more than three points ahead of second-placed Sioux Falls O’Gorman (142.650). Watertown was third with 140.800 points in the 11-team event.

But almost all of that separation in the team’s scoring margin can come from a formidable team effort on beam, where Mitchell scored 37.900 points, 2.7 points clear of the next closest team ( Watertown).

MHS’s Bentley Bates posted a score of 9.650 to win the event, followed by teammate Emily Moody in second place (9.500) and Maddison Lord in third place (9.450). Olivia Prunty had a score of 9.300 to complete Mitchell’s score on beam, finishing tied for fifth place individually.

Bates was Mitchell’s individual leading scorer, with an overall score of 37.150, finishing tied for third place. Prunty finished fifth overall with a score of 35.700 and Kyra Gropper finished 11th overall (34.700). The O’Gorman duo composed of Maeve Boetel (37.550) and Audrey Meyer (37.200) took the first two places in the all-around. Meyer won the floor exercise with a 9.650, and Boetel won the uneven bars (9.200).

Mitchell also had the best score of the day in floor exercise at 37.250, with Bates posting third place (9.500) and Sidney Maide tied for fourth place in floor exercise (9.400). Bates was also third on uneven bars with a score of 8.900.

Joslin Sommerville was the Kernels’ top scorer in vault (9,200), good for seventh place in a test won by Boetel (9,800).

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