Girls gymnastics rock Gopher Invite

North Shore Gymnastics Association’s level 7 Team. Pictured left to right, front to back: Sydney Donaldson, Olivia Jahnke, Samantha Poeschl, Alexis Halvorson, Coach Brian Ottenhoff, Makena Rasmussen, Coach Kelly Cabalka, Mary Donna Sattervall, and Kiana Keith. (submitted photo)
North Shore Gymnastics Association’s level 7 Team. Pictured left to right, front to back: Sydney Donaldson, Olivia Jahnke, Samantha Poeschl, Alexis Halvorson, Coach Brian Ottenhoff, Makena Rasmussen, Coach Kelly Cabalka, Mary Donna Sattervall, and Kiana Keith. (submitted photo)

by Deb Hertzenberg

Pioneer Correspondent

A number of local girls participated in the Gopher Invite in Minneapolis as part of North Shore Gymnastics’ level 6 through 10 teams. Hosted by the North Shore Gymnastics Association, the meet was the second largest meet in the state.

Level 7 gymnast, 10-year old Makena Rasmussen from Independence, had a strong performance, taking third place in all-around with a score of 36.225.  She also took second on vault and bars with 8.90 and 9.050, and third on beam with 9.375.

Level 6 gymnast Maya Loven, 11 years old and from Medina, placed 3rd all-around with a 34.875.  She also placed 3rd on beam (9.225) and 2nd on floor (9.225).

In the 13+ age group, Jordan Janisch, a 13-year-old from Medina,placed third on floor with a score of 9.05.

The North Shore Level 6-10 and Xcel teams will compete again at the Legacy Invite Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Base Camp Facility at Fort Snelling.

North Shore Gymnastics Association, Orono, was founded 40 years ago and is a 501c3 non-profit organization. It is the club’s purpose to acquaint children at all levels of physical ability, potential and growth with the sport of gymnastics in an atmosphere of safe, fun, positive learning, and to help each child develop gymnastics skills, good sportsmanship and discipline. North Shore Gymnastics Association is also the practice facility for the ISD #278 (Orono) and ISD #277 (Mound) girls’ high school gymnastics team.