NBAPS School Board recognizes gymnasts for stellar season

From left, the North Branch Area High School gymnastics team: Alexys Olson, Mikayla Johnson, Katy Trunk, Megan Mahoney and Casey Hovland.  Photo by Derrick Knutson

From left, the North Branch Area High School gymnastics team: Alexys Olson, Mikayla Johnson, Katy Trunk, Megan Mahoney and Casey Hovland.
Photo by Derrick Knutson

The NBAPS School Board recognized the record-breaking high school girls gymnastics team at its meeting March 13.

Activities and Community Education Director Brett Carlson said area residents would have to have been “just getting back from the moon” if they didn’t know that the team made state this year.

“This was an amazing accomplishment by an amazing group of girls,” Carlson said.

Coach Barb Burdick stood at the podium with her gymnasts and recollected all of the high points of the season.

“This year, we started the season and won our first meet, and the team looked great,” she said. “We went undefeated; we won the conference; we won the sections, and therefore, we got to go to state.”

She added that prior to this season, the school record for a meet was 135.55.

This year’s team broke that record 11 times.

“The highest score was at the state meet, and we broke it (the previous record) by 11 points, scoring a 146.30,” Burdick said.

She said a coach before her started a tradition of keeping a book of the high school’s top five placers in each event, and her gymnasts made their marks on that list this year.

She said in vault this year, going onto the school record, was Katy Trunk with a 9.55.

Megan Mahoney made it on the list with a 9.45, and Mikayla Johnson made it with a 9.3.

“On bars, Megan is the top scorer with a 9.825,” Burdick said. “I would like to meet the girl who’s going to beat that.”

Trunk tallied a top-five finish with a 9.1.

On floor, Trunk scored a school record of 9.45 at the state meet, and Casey Hovland and Mahoney cracked the top-five list throughout the year with scores of 9.15 and 9.05, respectively.

Burdick said the school record for an all-around score was 35.875 before two of her girls shattered that mark this season. Both Trunk and Mahoney garnered all-around scores of 37.575 at meets this season.

Alexys Olson and Hovland also did well in the all-around, posting high scores of 35.325 and 35.05, respectively.

After Burdick introduced her team and lauded the gymnasts’ accomplishments, the audience at the meeting and the School Board gave the girls a round of applause. The team members shook the hands of the board members and were given certificates in honor of their athletic accomplishments.

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