WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Stevens Point Area Senior High gymnastics team got its season off to a rousing success Saturday.
Led by Heidi Zorn who captured the all-around championship with a total of 33.725, the Panthers claim the team championship at the seven-team Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln Classic Invitational with 130.4 points, edging runner-up West Bend West by four-tenths of a point.
Zorn also won floor exercise (8.95) and added a second-place finish on beam (8.775) behind teammate Paige Kurszewski who won the event with a score of 8.90.
SPASH’s Libby Pieczynski picked up a third-place result on floor exercise with a score of 8.45.
The host Raiders placed seventh with a 106.55 total. Loren Abbrederis turned in the top individual result for Rapids, finishing third on balance beam with a score of 8.65.
Team Scores: SPASH 130.4; 2. West Bend West 130; 3. River Falls 128.425; 4. Eau Claire North/Memorial 127.825; 5. Antigo 125.675; 6. Superior 118.8; 7. Wisconsin Rapids 106.55.
Pacelli 8, Merrill 0
STEVENS POINT – Teagan Vezina and Luke Yenter each scored a pair of goals, and goalie Joe Fuller added 17 saves as the Cardinals blanked the Bluejays.
Matthew Mitch and Donny Sell each added a goal and an assist, while Carson Kedrowski picked up two assists for Pacelli.
“Overall, it was a good performance. It was nice to get back on the winning track,” said Cardinals coach Rusty Mitch after halting a two-game skid. “In second period we picked up the pace and played our own game, while trying to make ourselves better for the next game.”
Stephen Simon turned in a strong performance in net for the Bluejays with 33 saves.
First period: 1. P, Teagan Vezina (Matthew Mitch, Carson Kedrowski), 6:05; 2. P, Mitch (Donny Sell), 7:17; 3. P, Alex Helbach (Deven Durigan, Jacob Diamond), 13:18.
Second period: 4. P, Vezina (Sell, Kedrowski), 1:15; 5. P, Luke Yenter (Davis Cowden, Devin Kollock), 3:06; 6. P, Charlie Beyer (Chase Grote, Durigan), 11:44; 7. P, Yenter, 16:31.
Third period: 8. P, Sell, 16:10.
Saves: Merrill (Stephen Simon) 33, Pacelli (Joe Fuller) 17.
Records: Pacelli 2-2; Merrill 0-3.