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Defending State Champion gymnasts open season with win

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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.

“Hailee is beautiful. She’s so solid and can be in any event for us.”

Two-time All-Around State Champion Sophie Hunzelman and Jamie Stento finished fourth overall (35.90).

“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 workers.”

Kontos and Baylie Lawson finished fifth overall (35.65). Lexi Avey and Paris Zubeck were sixth overall (35.55).

“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.”

The biggest 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.”

LaPorte Pairs


Team Results

1. Chesterton, 27; 2. Washington Twp., 10; 3. Portage, 8; 4. Wawasee, 6; 5. Crown Point, 4; 6. (tie) LaPorte and Lowell, NTS.

Individual Results

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.


Posted 12/17/2018




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