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Trojan Gymnasts win Sectional title

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Right from the get-go, the No. 1 Trojans left little doubt.

The Chesterton gymnastics team continued its dominant season with a 114.675 team score to garner an IHSAA Sectional Championship on Saturday in the CHS Fieldhouse.

Lake Central finished runner-up (110.825) and No. 4 Portage was third (110.15). The top three teams advance to Saturday’s IHSAA Regional at Valparaiso.

Crown Point was fourth (109.20) and No. 2 ranked Valparaiso was fifth (108.95). It was the first time since 2001 the Vikings didn’t advance out of the Sectional.

“The day went great,” Chesterton coach Dawn Matthys said. “I’m very proud of the team as a whole. Not just the competitors. There were 20 girls focused to make this happen.”

The Trojans got off to a flying start on the Bars as they amassed 28.975 points, including a school record 9.90 from sophomore Mia Pak. Sophie Hunzelman was runner-up (9.75), while Jordan Bush was fifth (9.60).

“I’m so proud of our girls on bars,” Matthys said. “Mia set a school record with a 9.9. There was no flaw in her bar routine at all. Maybe a release, or something, today was the best routine I’ve ever seen her do. It was college worthy.

“Jordan has increased everything throughout the year. Sophie is clean and beautiful.”

Off to the Beam, the Trojans did what they had to, stay on.

Hunzelman finished runner-up again with a 9.70, followed by Alyssa Donovan in fifth (9.175), Bush in seventh (9.00) and Hailee Ellenwood in ninth (8.95).

“We were led off by Hailee. She works the beam like the floor and stuck the routine. It wasn’t her best one, but she didn’t fall off,” Matthys said. “Alyssa was confident and poised. Sophie has a quiet calm about her on the beam. Jordan is always last and overcame a mistake to be flawless from that point on.”

With the meet well in hand, Chesterton turned to their strength with the Floor.

Bush (9.60) and Hunzelman (9.575) led the way with a 9.40 from Baylie Lawson and a 9.30 from Donovan.

“We went 4-for-4 on floor,” Matthys said. “Bailey has so much power and personality to start us off. Alyssa has some sass and spunk and is very clean. Sophie has the same quiet grace that she does on the beam and her smile lights up the room.

“Jordan is Jordan. High powered tumbling and fun dance. She entertains everybody.”

Pak and her teammates slammed the door on the competition in the final rotation on Vault.

“We have some of the highest start values in our vaults,” Matthys said. “They start from a 10 and are so powerful and clean.”

Pak won the event with a 9.725, while Bush was third (9.675) and Lawson was fifth (9.575). Whitney Siewin was ninth with a 9.35.

“Whitney has worked really hard and has great dynamics,” Matthys said. “Mia is just starting to vault the last couple of weeks. She won vault with a layout. Baylie and Jordan finished things off.”

The Trojans will try to take the next step toward defending last year’s State Championship at the Valpo Regional beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“We still haven’t had a perfect meet,” Matthys said. “We counted a fall on the beam. I’m proud of us for going 3-for-4 on the beam today. That’s probably most successful.”

The State Finals are set for March 9 at Noblesville High School.

“We stay the course,” Matthys said. “We continue to do our own thing and stay us. We stay strong and healthy and hope we have that perfect meet in us.”

IHSAA Sectional


Team Results

1. Chesterton, 114.675; 2. Lake Central, 110.825; 3. Portage, 110.15; 4. Crown Point, 109.20; 5. Valparaiso, 108.95; 6. Merrillville,107.825; 7. Hobart, 96.525; 8. Lowell, 84.35; 9. LaPorte, 76.90; 10. Michigan City, 74.425; 11. South Central, 38.775; 12. Washington Twp., 19.00.

Individual Results

Vault -- 1. Mia Pak ©, 9.725; 2. Bobbie Russell (P), 9.70; 3. (tie) Jordan Bush © and Makenna King (SC), 9.675; 5. Baylie Lawson ©, 9.575; 6. Whitney McKeon (V), 9.525; 9. Whitney Siewin ©, 9.35.

Bars -- 1. Mia Pak ©, 9.90 (SCHOOL RECORD); 2. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.75; 3. Makenna King (SC), 9.70; 4. Cloe Amanatidis (LC), 9.65; 5. Jordan Bush ©, 9.60; 6. Whitney McKeon (V), 9.55; 26. Lexi Avey ©, 7.80.

Beam -- 1. Makenna King (SC), 9.775; 2. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.70; 3. Callie Feldsien (WT), 9.45; 4. Cloe Amanatidis (LC), 9.425; 5. Alyssa Donovan ©, 9.175; 6. Paige Hein (CP), 9.15; 7. Jordan Bush ©, 9.00; 9. Hailee Ellenwood ©, 8.90.

Floor -- 1. Makenna King (SC) and Cloe Amanatidis (LC), 9.625; 3. (tie) Jordan Bush © and Whitney McKeon (V), 9.60; 5. Sophie Hunzelman ©, 9.575; 6. Callie Feldsien (WT), 9.55; 10. Baylie Lawson ©, 9.40; 16. Alyssa Donovan ©, 9.30.

All-Around -- 1. Makenna King (SC), 38.775; 2. Cloe Amanatidis (LC), 38.025; 3. Jordan Bush ©, 37.875; 4. Whitney McKeon (V), 37.375; 5. Bobbie Russell (P), 37.225; 6. Michaella Drake (P), 36.825.


Posted 2/25/2019




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