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Jess Bergquist competes on the beam during Monday night's meet against Perham. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper
Jess Bergquist competes on the beam during Monday night's meet against Perham. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Lumberjacks gymnasts learn from the state champs

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It's not often a defending state champion competes in Bemidji but when one does make its way north people take notice.

"It's fun to compete against a team that is that good," said Bemidji gymnast Katie Jensen who led the Lumberjacks against defending state Class A champion Perham Monday at the Gym Bin.

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"We know we are not as good as they are but this is an opportunity for us to see the skills that they have and to see the things they can do in a routine. And, after watching them, we now have something more to shoot for."

Perham lived up to its billing and scored 147.750 in Monday's dual meet. Bemidji also did well, finishing with 131.2, a figure just a shade under the season's high-water mark of 131.5 set 10 days ago.

"Our goal is to continue to improve and peak for the section meet (Feb. 18)," Jensen said. "We're getting better. You can see that by our scores and by the skills we are adding.

"In our sport you have to perfect the skills you have and that takes a long time," the junior continued. "And, once you perfect a skill, right away you have to work on getting a new one. Right now we have many girls who are ready to put in some new skills. We're going to have them perfected by the section meet and we're going to be good."

Perham already has its skills perfected as the visitors reached 37 points on every rotation but the bars. Bemidji's best was the vault where the Jacks scored 34.9.

They also tallied 33.3 on the floor, 32.65 on the beam and 30.35 on the bars.

"The kids did very well," said BHS coach Don Papreck. "We struggled a bit on the bars but our floor was fun to watch and you could tell that the kids love doing their routines."

Bemidji's 131.2 was awarded by a set of judges which included three who had not seen Bemidji prior to Monday. Continued improvement with new judges is a sign that the Lumberjacks are taking forward strides.

"It's nice to see us be this consistent despite the new judges," Papreck said.

"I think we're beginning to peak," Jensen said, "and I think we can be at 134 at the section meet. That is where we were last year and I know we can get there again."

Perham 147.75, Bemidji 131.2

Vault: Perham 37.0, Bemidji 34.9. 1-Vomacka (P) 9.55. Bemidji's results: 5-Moe 8.85; 7-Jensen 8.8; 7-Bergquist 8.8; 9-Beck 8.45; 10-Anderson 8.4

Beam: Perham 37.7, Bemidji 32.65. 1-Eickschen (P) 9.6. Bemidji's results: 5-Jensen 8.85; 6-Bergquist 8.5; 8-Beck 7.9; 9-Moe 7.4; 10-Carey 6.95

Floor: Perham 37.95, Bemidji 33.3. 1-Vomacka (P) 9.8. Bemidji's results: 5-Bergquist 8.65; 6-Carey 8.6; 8-Jensen 8.15; 9-Moe 7.9; 10-Beck 7.55

Bars: Perham 35.1, Bemidji 30.35. 1-Vomacka (P) 9.7. Bemdji's results: 5-Jensen 8.0; 7-Beck 7.7; 8-Bergquist 7.6; 9-Erickson 7.05; 10-Moe 6.9

All-Around: 1-Vomacka (P) 38.5. Bemidji's results: 4-Jensen 33.8; 5-Bergquist 33.55; 7-Beck 31.6; 8-Moe 31.05.

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

It's not often a defending state champion competes in Bemidji but when one does make its way north people take notice.

"It's fun to compete against a team that is that good," said Bemidji gymnast Katie Jensen who led the Lumberjacks against defending state Class A champion Perham Monday at the Gym Bin.

"We know we are not as good as they are but this is an opportunity for us to see the skills that they have and to see the things they can do in a routine. And, after watching them, we now have something more to shoot for."

Perham lived up to its billing and scored 147.750 in Monday's dual meet. Bemidji also did well, finishing with 131.2, a figure just a shade under the season's high-water mark of 131.5 set 10 days ago.

"Our goal is to continue to improve and peak for the section meet (Feb. 18)," Jensen said. "We're getting better. You can see that by our scores and by the skills we are adding.

"In our sport you have to perfect the skills you have and that takes a long time," the junior continued. "And, once you perfect a skill, right away you have to work on getting a new one. Right now we have many girls who are ready to put in some new skills. We're going to have them perfected by the section meet and we're going to be good."

Perham already has its skills perfected as the visitors reached 37 points on every rotation but the bars. Bemidji's best was the vault where the Jacks scored 34.9.

They also tallied 33.3 on the floor, 32.65 on the beam and 30.35 on the bars.

"The kids did very well," said BHS coach Don Papreck. "We struggled a bit on the bars but our floor was fun to watch and you could tell that the kids love doing their routines."

Bemidji's 131.2 was awarded by a set of judges which included three who had not seen Bemidji prior to Monday. Continued improvement with new judges is a sign that the Lumberjacks are taking forward strides.

"It's nice to see us be this consistent despite the new judges," Papreck said.

"I think we're beginning to peak," Jensen said, "and I think we can be at 134 at the section meet. That is where we were last year and I know we can get there again."

Perham 147.75, Bemidji 131.2

Vault: Perham 37.0, Bemidji 34.9. 1-Vomacka (P) 9.55. Bemidji's results: 5-Moe 8.85; 7-Jensen 8.8; 7-Bergquist 8.8; 9-Beck 8.45; 10-Anderson 8.4

Beam: Perham 37.7, Bemidji 32.65. 1-Eickschen (P) 9.6. Bemidji's results: 5-Jensen 8.85; 6-Bergquist 8.5; 8-Beck 7.9; 9-Moe 7.4; 10-Carey 6.95

Floor: Perham 37.95, Bemidji 33.3. 1-Vomacka (P) 9.8. Bemidji's results: 5-Bergquist 8.65; 6-Carey 8.6; 8-Jensen 8.15; 9-Moe 7.9; 10-Beck 7.55

Bars: Perham 35.1, Bemidji 30.35. 1-Vomacka (P) 9.7. Bemdji's results: 5-Jensen 8.0; 7-Beck 7.7; 8-Bergquist 7.6; 9-Erickson 7.05; 10-Moe 6.9

All-Around: 1-Vomacka (P) 38.5. Bemidji's results: 4-Jensen 33.8; 5-Bergquist 33.55; 7-Beck 31.6; 8-Moe 31.05.

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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