The hardest part
about reaching the mountain top is staying there.
The defending State
Champion Chesterton gymnastics team opened its season with an easy victory
at the LaPorte Pairs Invitational on Saturday.
“I’m happy with the
start to our season,” Chesterton coach Dawn Matthys said. “All five seniors
we have competing, competed on Saturday and we were able to get freshman
Danielle (Kontos) into the fire right away.”
The senior duo of
Jordan Bush and Hailee Ellenwood finished second overall with a score of
36.75 for the Trojans.
“Jordan is a
three-time team MVP and the DAC MVP,” Matthys said. “Jordan knows its her
senior year and wants to go out with a bang. There is some pressure that
goes with that and hopefully she can keep her emotions in check and be as
good as we think she’ll be. Her drive is there.
beautiful. She’s so solid and can be in any event for us.”
State Champion Sophie Hunzelman and Jamie Stento finished fourth overall
“Sophie is still
super strong and doing well. She’s finding her voice and becoming a great
leader as an upperclassmen,” Matthys said. “Jamie is in better shape than
she’s ever been. She’s flipping a vault and she’s one of our best beam
Kontos and Baylie
Lawson finished fifth overall (35.65). Lexi Avey and Paris Zubeck were sixth
“Lexi Avey and
Bayley Lawson are 100 percent healthy and look meet-ready. That’s great for
us,” Matthys said. “Danielle Kontos and Caitlyn Cook are super strong
freshmen. Danielle has beautiful lines and looks great on everything.
Caitlyn is small and strong. She’s so powerful.”
The Trojans also
get the return of junior Alyssa Donovan and sophomore Mia Pak, back after
solid campaigns last year.
“Alyssa Donovan was
our beam star in the post-season last year,” Matthys said. “And Mia Pak is
coming back for her sophomore year too.”
question for the Trojans is easy, how good are they?
“How good are we?
Every year I think the team is better than the year before,” Matthys said.
“The potential in this team is something I don’t think the girls even
realize. We are still adding new skills and getting better every day.”
1. Chesterton, 27;
2. Washington Twp., 10; 3. Portage, 8; 4. Wawasee, 6; 5. Crown Point, 4; 6.
(tie) LaPorte and Lowell, NTS.
1. Cassie Feldslen/Ashley
Kennedy (WT), 37.00; 2. Jordan Bush/Hailee Ellenwood ©, 36.75; 3. Michaella
Drake/Sydney Ruiz (P), 36.00; 4. Sophie Hunzelman/Jamie Stento ©, 35.90; 5.
Danielle Kontos/Baylie Lawson ©, 35.65; 6. Lexi Avey/Paris Zubeck ©, 35.55;
7. Alyssa Minnix/Aundreya Wegener (W), 34.80; 8. Leah Dexter/Kayta Halstead
(CP), 34.70; 9. Talia Kuhl/Jada Parzygnot (W), 34.20; 10. Kat Kostorous/Eleni
Kostorous (CP), 33.25; 11. Lilli Anderson/Katy Smith (CP), 33.00; 12. Bella
Mehok/Lilly Stoelb (CP), 32.55; 13. Bobbie Russell/Destiny Reynolds (P),
32.05; 14. Ella Schable/Rylee Stephany (LP), 31.45; 15. Alexis Ratkay/Madison
Wilkins (LO), 30.75; 16. Sasha Hancock/Jordan Jacobs (P), 30.70; 17. Caitlyn
Ashe/Megan Hudgens (LO), 24.70.