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Viroqua area gymnasts prepare for Conference


February 10, 2021

Morgan Siekert, Cashton, on the floors.

The Viroqua Area Gymnastics team, comprised of tumblers from Cashton, DeSoto and Viroqua High Schools, prepared for the upcoming end of season tournaments last week with a pair of competitions.

The Blackhawks opened the week hosting a Coulee-Conference dual meet on Tuesday, February 2, coming up on the short end the score, versus the GET/MM/CFC co-op. On Saturday Feb. 6, the Blackhawks placed 3rd in an eight-team tournament hosted by the PBL (Platteville/Belmont/Lancaster) co-op.

Morgan Siekert continued to dominate the individual all-around portion of the competition placing at the top of the leader board at both events. Siekert has earned top all-around honors in all five of the competitions she has participated in for the Blackhawks this season.

Siekert's 33.80 was the top four-event score at the meet versus GET/MM/CFC and her 34.075 was best among 29 competitors in the Platteville tournament field.

GET/MM/CFC 129.875 ---Viroqua Area 125.175

"This was a big conference dual for us," commented Viroqua coach Darcy McClelland, following the home loss to the Redhawks. "The girls were ready for an exciting home meet, but we fell a little short... we had a few mistakes on the uneven-bars to start and just couldn't make them up."

Siekert's consistent scoring of eight plus points in each event was the key once again to her all-around success, with a four-event score of 33.80. The talented Cashton HS freshman placed first on the beam with an 8.150 and the bars with an 8.15 and added a pair of second place finishes in both the floor exercise with an 8.675 and the vault with an 8.4.

Kenzy Kreuzer, a Desoto HS senior, placed 4th in the overall with a 30.60, finishing 2nd in the beam with a 7.90, 3rd in the vault with an 8.250, and 5th in both the floors with an 8.150 and the bars with a 6.30.

VHS sophomore Aaliyah Fox placed 5th in the four-event individual competition with a 29.80, including a pair of 4th placings in both the floors with an 8.250 and the vault with an 8.150 and a 5th on the beam with a 7.250.

Mara Anderson also a VHS sophomore, scored an 8.10, good for 5th on the vault and was also 5th in the uneven-bars competition with a 6.50.

Emma Harem, a VHS freshman, tied for 5th on the vault with an 8.10 and was 4th on the bars with a 7.475.

Paris Lambert (33.450) and Trista Thill (32.10) placed 2nd and 3rd respectively behind Siekert in the all-around.

Platteville Invite

February 6

River Valley/Barneveld won the team title at the Platteville High School Invite with a 131.825, PBL was 2nd with a 126.350, followed by Viroqua Area 124.775, Dodgeville/Mineral Point/Iowa Grant 123.05, PdC/Fennimore 118.80, Southwestern co-op 117.350, Whitewater 112.875 and River Valley/Barneveld JV's 102.4250.

Once again it was the ability to score well in each and every event that vaulted Siekert to the individual all-around title at the Platteville Invite with a score of 34.075. Morgan was the only competitor to eclipse the eight point-plus plateau in all four events, placing 1st on the bars with an 8.40, 2nd on the balance beam with an 8.60, 3rd in vaulting with an 8.575 and 7th on the floors with an 8.50.

Kreuzer totaled a four-event score of 29.875, placing 13th overall and was the only other Blackhawks to finish in the top 25 individually.

"Two snow days without practice seemed to affect our overall cleanness and confidence in our routines," said McClelland following the Invite.

Following the final Coulee dual of the season versus West Salem on Monday, Feb. 8, the Blackhawks will play host to the Coulee Conference tournament on Friday, Feb. 12.


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