After four years,
the streak was over.
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.”
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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
“We want a medal,”
Matthys said. “They’ve talked about it already.”
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
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.”
pursuit of a State medal begins Saturday with a trip to the LaPorte Pairs
“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.”