Janesville Parker gymnasts slips past Middleton

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Gazette staff
Friday, January 13, 2012
— Hailey Leisten set two school records Thursday to lead Janesville Parker to a narrow 132.800-132.675 victory over Middleton in Big Eight Conference girls gymnastics.

Leisten posted a 9.10 in the uneven bars to break her own school mark and won the all-around with a 36.40 to break the graduated Erika Whitson’s school record.

Leisten won the floor exercise and the balance beam with 9.30 and 9.60 performances, respectively.

Parker coach Cathy Lehmann said the Vikings’ victory was a testament to their tenacity. Parker was coming off a nonconference victory over Milton on Tuesday and had little time to prepare for Middleton.

“The entire team was wonderful,” Lehmann said. “Middleton is a good team, and we only had one day to practice, so I give a lot respect to my gymnasts.’’

Parker’s next meet is against Janesville Craig on Thursday, Jan. 26.

PARKER 132.800, MIDDLETON 132.675

Vault—1. Dana Bresenham (M), 8.75. 2. Bianca Bakkat (M) 8.72.6. Brecklyn Skaleski (JP), 8.42.5 4. Hailey Leisten (JP), 8.40.

Uneven bars—1. Aryn Skibba (M), 9.15. 2. Leisten (JP), 9.10. school redord set last yr 3. Bakkat (M), 8.25. 4. Lucy Bergenthal (M), 7.65.

Balance beam—1. Leisten (JP), 9.60. 2. Skaleski (JP), 8.80. 3. Bakket (M), 8.55. 4. Skibba (M), 8.50.

Floor exercise—1. Leisten (JP), 9.30. 2. Skibba (M) 9.15. 3. Skaleski (JP), 9.10. 4. Bakket (M), 8.925.

All around—1. Leisten (JP), 36.40. 2. Bakket (M), 34.450. 3. Skaleski (JP), 33.825. 4. Bergenthal (M), 31.30.

Junior varsity—Middleton 113.90, Parker 96.70

-- Craig 130.775, West 122.075—Craig had some growing pains Thursday night, but the Cougars still came away with a Big Eight Conference win against Madison West.

Courtney Pohlman and Ashley Pohlman finished one-two, respectively, in the all-around to lead the Cougars to the victory.

“We came away with a win, but it wasn’t our best meet,” said Craig coach Jean Welch. “We kind of had the falls. But the girls are putting in some more difficulty, and that takes a little time to perfect.”

Welch praised the beam set turned in by Courtney Pohlman, which resulted in a winning score of 8.675. Courtney also was first in the uneven bars with an 8.3.

Ashley Pohlman had “a super vault,” Welch said, which resulted in a first-place score of 9.25. Ashley also was first in the floor exercise with an 8.5.

The Cougars, 3-1 in the Big Eight, compete in the Purgolder Invite at Madison East on Saturday.

CRAIG 130.775, WEST 122.075

Vault—1. Ashley Pohlman (JC), 9.25; 2. Courtney Pohlman (JC), 8.4; 3. Claire Curley (MW), 8.25; 4. Ashley McGoey (JC), 8.1.

Uneven bars—1. C. Pohlman (JC), 8.3; 2. Caitlin Bier(MW), 7.85; 3. A. Pohlman (JC), 7.7; 4. Michelle Cagney (JC), 7.6.

Balance beam—1. C. Pohlman (JC), 8.675; 2. Clark (MW), 8.45; 3. McGoey (JC), 8.35; 4. A. Pohlman (JC), 8.05.

Floor—1. A. Pohlman (JC), 8.5; 2. (tie) McGoey (JC) and Clark (MW), 8.45; 4. C. Pohlman (JC), 8.1.

All-Around—1. C. Pohlman (JC), 33.525; 2. A. Pohlman (JC), 33.5; 3. Curley (MW), 31.3; 4. Clark (MW), 30.925.

Junior varsity—West 108.225, Craig 99.75.

Last updated: 7:19 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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