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Mead, U-Hi favored in gymnastics

Thu., Dec. 16, 2010

It’s shaping up to be a two-team race in Greater Spokane League gymnastics.

Appropriately, the schedule allows for a regular season-ending meet between the teams. Mead and University figure to duke it out for the championship that should be decided when the teams meet Jan. 26 at U-Hi.

U-Hi coach Tracy Duncan gushes about her team.

“Only two times in my eight years of coaching have I had a level of team that I have this year,” Duncan said. “It’s not just their skill level but their ability to work together. For us it’s about the team, not individuality. That’s a big part in this sport.”

Mead had one of its deepest teams a year ago, coach Laurie Chadwick said. Not this year.

“Last year I had a lot more depth,” Chadwick said. “We’ll see how it goes. We’ll have to improve. Potential in December is great. Potential in February gets you nowhere.”

In league meets, each team is allowed to enter seven competitors in four events – uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise and vault. The top five marks of the seven competitors are used to compile the team score.

When it comes to the state-qualifying regional tournaments, the league splits up. The 4A teams this year will compete against schools from the Vancouver area while the 3A teams and Lakeside combine and go against teams from the Columbia Basin Big Nine Conference. The 4A and 3A regionals will be held Feb. 12 at U-Hi.

Here are the top athletes in the league (in no particular order):

U-Hi: Stacie Davis, Kaleigh Campbell, Stephanie House and Cady Markim; Mt. Spokane: Courtney Bray; Shadle Park: Alana Norman and Hailey Berry; Lakeside: Anandae Egland; Mead: Cadie Pratt, Sara Benson and Kendra Sherman; Central Valley: McKenzie Lancaster; and Lewis and Clark: Lily Hoch.

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