|12/22/2017 2:05:00 PM|
Vikings suffer key loss in Olson
Despite overcoming plenty of falls and finishing in third place at the Becker Invitational -- ahead of Becker, no less, who beat NB for a state tournament berth last year -- the season has already had a speed bump for the North Branch gymnastics team.
Alexys Olson, one of North Branch’s top gymnasts who has been on varsity since middle school, was hurt in the first meet of the year. Head Coach Chris Johnson said she was hoping to have Olson back by the middle of the season.
“We are hoping to be a little bit more consistent on beam and floor,” Johnson said. Of course, beam was one of Olson’s best events, and on the floor event, they suffered their biggest graduation loss in Annie Gladitsch, who went to state in the event last year.
But, at the top of the lineup, Keeley Ertl is still humming along. “She is showing strong leadership and has really put together some solid routines so far this year,” Johnson said.
The Vikings will host St. Michael-Albertville in their first home meet of the season on Thursday, December 21 at 6:30. They be on an extended holiday break after that meet before hosting Rush City on Thursday, January 4.
North Branch 137.325-Big Lake 137.1
The Vikings squeezed out a win against Big Lake on the back of Ertl. She had an amazing meet, according to Johnson. She finished first on vault, uneven bars, floor exercise and the all around. She was third on the balance beam.
Bekah Fish took to her new role well, finishing fourth on beam, second on bars and fifth on floor, and Paige Bauer took second in the all around, third on floor and third on vault.