Wildcat gymnasts have good league opener

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The Mount Si gymnastics team opened its KingCo season Thursday night with a home meet. Mercer Island defeated Mount Si, but the Wildcats beat Liberty.

Final scores were Mercer Island with 156.7 points, Mount Si with 143.95, and Liberty with 131.8.

Mount Si did well, with gymnasts placing in all events. Piper Sherbon led the charge, scoring first place on the floor exercise with an 8.7, fourth on uneven bars with a 7.3 score, and second on vault with an 8.6 score. She tied for that honor with Dani Thorne of Mercer Island.

Sherbon finished fourth in the all-around with 32.1 points. Lauren Paulus (7.6 on beam), and Cassie Scruggs (8.4 on vault) also placed in events for Mount Si. Scruggs also placed in the all-around competition with 30 points to finish sixth.

Liberty, despite finishing third as a team, did have one bright spot: Samantha Chandler finished first in the all-around scoring with a 33.55, edging out the Islanders' Lauren Melin. The Islanders, though, proved to be the strongest, with Melin, Thomas, and Amy Tice leading the way. All three of those gymnasts placed in multiple events, and Melin and Tice were among those who placed for Mercer Island in the all-around competition.

The beam seemed to be the toughest obstacle for the gymnasts again; several of them from all of the teams fell, and hurt their scores as a result.

Mount Si held its own in every event, with most of the Wildcat gymnasts scoring respectably well for this early in the season.

Among the other strong efforts for Mount Si, Scruggs scored 7.3's on beam and floor, and a 7 on the bars; Kayla Jayne scored a 7.4 on floor, and Paulus and Jayne were among the several gymnasts that did well on the vault.

Mount Si's next home meet is not until Jan. 17, against Sammamish.

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