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Gymnastics: Pak named DAC Most Valuable; Hunzelman and Cook All-Conference

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Chesterton junior Mia Pak has been named Duneland Athletic Conference MVP in gymnastics on a vote by the league’s coaches.

Pak, a member of the three-time defending State champion Trojans, was joined on the team by senior Sophie Hunzelman and sophomore Caitlyn Cook.

“Our trio of all-around girls have led our team in scoring all year,” Chesterton coach Dawn Matthys said. “They are very dedicated to their team and sport.”

Pak was the individual state champion on bars this year.

“Mia is our top scorer,” Matthys said. “She’s been so happy to compete all events this year and is so easy to coach and work with. She loves gymnastics.”

Hunzelman won the state all-around title as a freshman and sophomore.

“Sophie has her senior leadership skills in place,” Matthys said. “She has quietly led her team for four years with her talent and her drive for perfection.”

Cook moved her way into the Trojans’ top three after an off-season of hard work.

“Caitlyn came in this season with a fire,” Matthys said. “She wanted to compete all-around on the varsity. She’s super coachable and respectful. Plus, she’s fun and happy all the time.”

Other members of the all-conference team included Paige Hein (Crown Point), Maddie Bugg (Lake Central), Cloe Amanatidis (Lake Central), Briana Thomas (Merrillville), Bobbie Russell (Portage), Lexy Malamatos (Valparaiso), Sabrina Falk (Valparaiso) and Megan Wagenblast (Valparaiso).


Posted 3/26/2020




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