the last week, coach Dawn Matthys and her team had a clear objective.
were on a mission,” she said. “After making a few mistakes last week, we
worked really hard on our floor routines. And every one of our girls was
Starting off on floor at Saturday’s Portage Regional, all four Trojans
nailed their routines and the team’s success snowballed from there, as
Chesterton rolled to its fourth straight regional title with 114.950 points,
well ahead of second-place Lake Central (113.225) and third-place Valparaiso
all traced back to that opening rotation on floor, though, which started
with senior Alyssa Donovan scoring a 9.5. Donovan said the extra time
devoted to that event at practice was vital to her performance.
coaches would run around the floor with us at the key points, telling us
what we needed to do,” Donovan said. “We worked so hard this week and it
meant a lot to show out on floor.”
Sophomore Caitlyn Cook added a 9.6 and junior Mia Pak scored a 9.75 on
floor, meaning that senior Sophie Hunzelman felt minimal pressure when she
went as the Trojans’ final performer in that event.
“Everybody before me scored super high, so they set me up to get a high
score as well,” Hunzelman said. “Even if I fell three times, I still had my
team to fall back on.”
Hunzelman didn’t fall once, though, scoring a 9.8 that was the second-best
floor score of the meet. Hunzelman added a third-place score of 9.7 on beam
and won on bars with a 9.75 as part of her all-around score of 38.475 that
finished in a tie for third place. Cook ended up fifth in the all-around at
was focusing on the team more than myself (on Saturday)," Cook said. "When
I'm thinking about the team, it makes me do better, because I'd rather us
win as a team than win by myself."
was the top all-around scorer for Chesterton, tallying 38.7 points to finish
as the runner-up to meet champion Makenna King of South Central (39.125).
was a redemptive performance for Pak, who fell shy of her own lofty
standards with a sixth-place all-around score of 37.5 at the sectional meet.
Like several of her teammates, Pak said the strong start on floor helped set
the stage for everything else that happened at Saturday’s meet.
“Floor is one of my weaker events, so that really boosted my confidence,”
Pak said. “Last week, I had a little bump on floor, so I just wanted to hit
that one pass and, after I did, it was all clean.”
finished third on vault (9.6) for the second straight week and was runner-up
to Hunzelman on bars (9.7).
“It’s been difficult because I’m so hard on myself,” Pak said. “When I do
fall, I get really upset. I just wanted to do the best I could for my team
and for myself. Hitting everything made me so happy.”
Chesterton, 114.95; 2. Lake Central, 113.225; 3. Valparaiso, 112.05; 4. West
Lafayette Harrison, 108.20; 5. Logansport, 105.525; 6. Northwestern, 103.40.
Vault -- 1. Makenna King (South Central), 9.90; 2. Haven Gipson (WLH), 9.70;
3. Mia Pak ©, 9.675; 4. Lexyss Malamatos (V), 9.60; 5. (tie) Caitlyn Cook ©
and Jade VerSchure (V), 9.60.
-- 1. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.75; 2. Mia Pak ©, 9.70; 3. Makenna King (South
Central), 9.575; 4. Cloe Amanatidis (LC), 9.425; 5. Bobbie Russell (P),
9.325; 6. Abby Winland ©, 9.275.
-- 1. Makenna King (South Central), 9.80; 2. Cloe Amanatidis (LC), 9.75; 3.
Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.70; 4. (tie) Mia Pak © and Catie Smith (N), 9.575; 6.
Gabriella Grisafi (V), 9.50.
Floor -- 1. Makenna King (South Central), 9.85; 2. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.80;
3. Cloe Amanatidis (LC), 9.775; 4. Mia Pak ©, 9.75; 5. Julie-Ann Stephany
(Lafayette Jeff), 9.70; 6. (tie) Kendal Wilkinson (Logansport), Briana
Thomas (Merrillville) and Haven Gipson (WLH), 9.675.
All-Around -- 1. Makenna King (South Central), 39.125; 2. Mia Pak ©, 38.70;
3. (tie) Cloe Amanatidis (LC) and Sophie Hunzelman ©, 38.475; 5. Caitlyn
Cook ©, 37.725; 6. Gabrilla Grisafi (V), 37.575.