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CHS Gymnasts get started Saturday

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By TR HARLAN

After four years, the streak was over.

The Chesterton gymnastics team finished fifth at the 2016 IHSAA State Finals and it only lit the fire.

“It was a pleasant surprise last year,” second-year coach Dawn Matthys said. “When I started, I had no idea just how good these kids could be. They were really talented and we want to build on that success.”

Were is a funny word.

The Trojans feature 10 underclassmen, six sophomores and four freshmen, in their 15-player roster. Included are a talented trio of front-runners in sophomores Jordan Bush and Lexi Avey and junior Brittney Troup.

“Jordan Bush, Lexi Avey and junior Brittney Troup are our front-runners,” Matthys said. “They’ve got a great set of skills and are great leaders. They have great work ethics and are team players. They bring the team along with them.”

The depth of the Trojans will be a focal point as they pursue the ultimate goal of a State medal.

“We want a medal,” Matthys said. “They’ve talked about it already.”

Returning varsity scorers include juniors Madeline Juestel and Kirsten Wozniak, along with sophomores Baylie Lawson and Hailee Ellenwood solidify the lineup.

“If you look at our varsity scorers from last year, we still have Madeline, Baylie, Kirsten and Hailee,” Matthys said. “Caity Bogue is another one that has really added to her skills this year.”

The Trojans will also have some talented freshmen to look at, including Sophia Hunzelman, Alyssa Donovan and Whitney Siewin.

“Sophia can fill some big shoes with the skills she presents,” Matthys said. “Donovan continues to add skills to her routines every day. Whitney has an amazing vault.”

The Chesterton roster also includes seniors Adie Haggerty and Katie Szprychel, sophomore Jamie Stento and the freshmen duo of Abbey Gemeinhart and Belle Marchetti.

“I tell the girls all the time that I like the way they make me think,” Matthys said. “After every practice and meet, I have to really think about how hard they’re working and where their skills are at the time to see who is going to compete varsity at the next meet.”

The Trojans’ pursuit of a State medal begins Saturday with a trip to the LaPorte Pairs Invitational.

“There are a lot of great teams and coaches in this conference,” Matthys said. “It only makes us better. I believe our Regional every year is the State Finals. If you get through that, you know you have a chance.”

 

Posted 12/16/2016

 
 
 
 

 

 

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