Gymnastics: Big beam helps Brainerd brush by Bemidji


This means that the defending Section 8-2A champion on beam can’t do anything harder to improve her score. From now until the end of the season it’s all about perfecting your routine and the Brainerd Warrior doesn’t have much to do to do that.

Harguth led a Brainerd Beam Brigade that propelled the Warriors to a 138.3-137.6 victory over 8-2A Section enemy Bemidji on Tuesday, December 14, at Brainerd High School.

Harguth won the beam with a 9.25.

“Right now I’m feeling pretty good on beam,” said Harguth. “I just hope to keep the positivity and movement going for the rest of the season. I take it day to day and keep the same feeling the whole time.

“I feel about the same confidence with him as I did last year. It’s exactly the same routine. I’m just trying to clean up the little things like pointing my toes and making sure my connections are all there.

For the second competition of the season, Harguth will win a 9.25. She said she would be happy with anything over 8.7. At the end of the year, she is aiming for scores of 9.4 to 9.5.

Harguth was followed by Brenna Deason in third with an 8.75. Evi Helsene placed fourth with an 8.45. Kami Peterson was fifth in 8.25 and Anaka Schroeder was sixth at 8.2. Those scores helped Brainerd amass 34.7 points on the beam, while Bemidji scored just 32.325 points on the high apparatus.

“Our beam has been strong for the past few years,” said Harguth. “We’ve been pretty close to breaking the school record so I think we’re really trying to get closer to that school record.”

Brainerd first-year head coach Jessica Lofrano-Larson echoed Harguth’s sentiment about the strength of Brainerd’s beam.

“Our beam is so good,” Lofrano-Larson said. “We have a lot of very confident kids on balance beam. It was really fun watching them relax and fall into their routines. At this time of the season in the past, the beam still looks fragile and new. This year the girls look and feel relaxed on the beam which has been really fun.

Schroeder also registered a first place on floor with a score of 9.2. Haley Jones and Peterson are tied for fourth with 9.05 seconds. Brainerd beat Bemidji 35.76-35.325 on the ground.

Vault and bars belonged to the loggers. Harguth and Sophia White are tied at 8.1 for Brainerd’s best score on bars. This tied them up for fourth.

Deason was second in vault with a 9.5. Peterson was fourth and Ella Dircks sixth.

“I think no matter how the games have gone, the atmosphere has been fantastic,” said Lofrano-Larson. “We have great chemistry in the gym right now. I think that’s why we’re doing well. We’re not really concerned with how the games are going to go or how our opponents are doing. I think we’re more concerned with getting to compete, staying up, and staying happy. We do what we know how to do.

“I always say my favorite thing about gymnastics is it doesn’t matter how the other team competes. We prepare the same way no matter what. We just come out and do what we’re doing.

This is Brainerd’s second victory against a team the Warriors lost to last season. Brainerd opened with a win over Sartell last week. Thursday they go to Sauk Rapids and Saturday they organize their holiday tournament. Due to the busy schedule, expect roster changes in Brainerd’s next two meetings.

“We definitely have depth and it’s fun having everyone in the lineup and moving people around, but we also have three meetings this week,” said Lofrano-Larson. “We rest a few legs. We bring people in and out just to make sure the bodies stay fresh. We have a smaller roster this year, so we have fewer people to draw on. I don’t want to risk someone getting injured so early in the season. We are tired and it is also late in the school year and these are children. They have a lot to do.

This approach seems to work with the girls, as she said the vibe in the training room is relaxed.

“Beating these teams is really good and it’s exciting to know that our team has the capacity to do it,” said Harguth. “I think our new coach is handling things very well. It was good that we knew her before. She’s not going into something completely new and the new coaching staff are handling it very well. It’s just a really great vibe in the gym lately and it’s really cool right now.

Brainerd 138.3, Bemidji 137.6
Jump: 1-Lauren Berg (Bem) 9.55, 2-Brenna Deason (Brd) 9.5, 4-Kami Peterson (Brd) 8.85, 5t-Ella Dircks (Brd) 8.7, 7-Sydney Jones (Brd) 8.65, 9-Evi Helsene (Brd) 8.5
Uneven parallel bars: 1-Tatum Offerdahl (Bem) 9.1, 4t-Josie Harguth 8.1, 4t-Sophia White (Brd) 8.1, 6-Deason 7.95, 7t-Haley Jones (Brd) 7.95, 7-Peterson 7.95
Balance beam: 1-Harguth 9.25, 3-Deason 8.75, 4-Helsene 8.45, 5-Peterson 8.25, 6-Anaka Schroeder (Brd) 8.2
Floor exercise: 1-Schroeder 9.2, 4t-Haley Jones 9.050, 4t-Peterson 9.050, 6-Meghan Wirtz (Brd), 7-Sophia White 8.4
All-around competition: 1-Lauren Berg (Bem) 34.250, 2-Peterson 34.1
JEREMY MILLSOP can be reached at 218-855-5856 or [email protected] Follow on Twitter at

Warriors 138.3, Bemidji 137.6

Key: Brainerd’s beam scored 34.7 points against 32.325 for Bemidji

Globally: Brd 2-0

Following: Brainerd at Sauk Rapids 6 p.m. Thursday, December 16.

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