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Bemidji HS gymnastics: Jacks lose close opener in dual with Little Falls

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The Bemidji High gymnastics team started its new season as it began last year, dropping a close decision to Little Falls at the winners gymnasium.

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The Flyers, who won by less than a point here last season, had a wider margin, winning 129.125 to 125.525.

The winners piled up a three point margin on the balance beam and close to two points in floor exercise to overcome Bemidji's edge on the vault and bars.

Breanna Arndt of Little Falls won the vault at 9.050 with Katie Jensen second and Nic ole McDonald fifth.

Rachelle LeBlanc of the Flyers paced the bars at 8.025 where Jensen was second, Rachel Bell third and Kati Parker fifth.

LeBlanc repeated on the beam at 9.0 with Brooke Beck second and McDonald fifth for Bemidji.

It was LeBlanc again on the floor at 8.75 with McDonald third for Bemidji.

LeBlanc was the all around winner at 34. 375 with McDonald second at 31.475, the only four event competitor for the visitors. Beck took fifth despite competing in only three events.

Little Falls also won the JV meet 106.9 to 99.85 for Bemidji.

Bemidji had four entrants in all but floor exercise where it entered three. That was a marked improvement over 2009 when it frequently competed shorthanded.

Tiana Stinar won the vault at 8.5 and Jessica Bergquist took the bars at 6.4 for Bemidji's best showings.

But Little Falls went 1-2-3 on the beam and floor to pull away. Bemidji topped 24 points only on the vault.

Bemidji heads even farther south Tuesday for its next start. going to St. Michael to battle SMA for the first time.

Bemidji is operating with just three seniors, two of them injured with no juniors. Twelve of the 13 performers saw action at Little Falls.

LITTLE FALLS 129/125

BEMIDJI 125.525

VAULT: 1. Arndt, LF 9.05; 2. Jensen, Bem. 9.0; 3. (tie) LeBlanc and Atkinson, LF 8.6; 5. McDonald, Bem. 8.55; 6. (tie) Bergquist, Bem. 8.5; 8. Beck, Bem. 8.35

BARS: 1. LeBlanc, LF 8.025; 2..Jensenl Bem. 7.8; 3. Bell, Bem. 7.775;4. Stein, LF 7.35; 5. Parker, Bem 7.25; 6. McDonald, Bem. 7.05

BEAM: 1. LeBlanc, LF 9.0; 2. Beck, Bem. 8.45; 3. Peterson, LF 8.1; 4. Arndt, LF 78; 5. McDonald, Bem. 7.6; 8. Jensen, Bem. 6.95; 9. Bergquist, Bem. 6.6

FLOOR: 1. LeBlanc, LF 8.75; 2. Stein, LF 8.425; 3. McDonald, Bem. 8.275; 4. Arndt, LF 8.250; 5. Peterson, LF 7.95; 6. Bergquist, Bem.7.875; 8. Moe, Bem.7.2

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LITTLE FALLS JV 106.90

BEMIDJI JV 99.85

VAULT: 1. (tie) Stinar, Bem and Austin, LF 8.5; 3. (tie) Goodwin and Anderson, Bem. 8.4; 5. Carey, Bem. 8.3

BARS: 1. Bergquist, Bem. 6.4; 2. Carey, Bem. 6.1; 3. Goodwin, Bem. 5.75; 4. Hanson, LF and Moe, Bem. 5.4

BEAM: 1. Kifer, LF 7.0; 2. Thesing and Kempenici, LF 6.7; 4. Stinar, Bem. 6.6; 5. Axel, LF 6.5; 7. Moe, Bem.6.3; 8. Nei, Bem. 6.2; 10. Goodwin, Bem. 4.8

FLOOR : 1. Bergland, LF 7.8; 2. Axel, LF 7.2; 3. (tie) Hanson and Kempenici, LF and Stinar, Bem.6.8; 6. Nei. Bem. 6.6; 8. Anderson, Bem. 5.8

ALL AROUND: 1. Hanson, LF 25.1; no second.

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