North Shore boys teams head to Iowa

North Shore level 10s (left to right): Daryn Strub, Max Bortnem, Coach Rob Dykoski, Ethan Gonzalez and Charlie Kramer. (Submitted photo)
North Shore level 10s (left to right): Daryn Strub, Max Bortnem, Coach Rob Dykoski, Ethan Gonzalez and Charlie Kramer. (Submitted photo)
North Shore Gymnastics boys levels 5, 6 and 10, competed at the Iowa Boys Gymnastics Invitational on Feb. 10 and 11. The meet was held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and was the first of two travel meets for the North Shore boys.

Competing in the Level 5, Division 1 category were Logan Felknor (age 10, Delano), Beau Merz (age 11, Delano), Mason Krasnoff (age 12, Maple Grove), Brody Vogstrom (age 9, Orono), Jaden Gonzalez (age 10, Sauk Rapids), Marek Dykoski (age 8, Minnetrista) and Oliver Berg (age 7, Mound). All age levels were combined in the Level 5 competition for this meet.
Felknor took first place all-around with a score of 59.2. He took first place on pommel horse and parallel bars, third on floor and fourth on high bar. Merz followed with a 58.0 all-around earning third in a three-way tie. He took second on rings and third on both vault and high bar. Krasnoff contributed to the team score with a first place on vault. Vogstrom earned an impressive third place on both pommel horse and rings. Gonzalez, Dykoski and Berg enjoyed competing at their first travel meet of their gymnastics careers.

North Shore’s Level 6 boys were proud to bring home a second place team award. Teammates include Colin Werremeyer (age 10, Orono), Henry Meisel (age 11, Mound), Mac Harmer (age 12, Minnetrista), Rylan Hunt (age 12, Medina), Levi Sherman (age 12, Minnetonka) and Haden Paravecino (age 13, Mound).

Meisel and Werremeyer competed in the 10–11 year old age group, where Meisel earned first place all-around with a score of 57.6. He earned top scores on floor and parallel bars, and second place on pommel horse. Werremeyer received a score of 9.3 on vault to take second place. In the 12-plus age group, Harmer also earned the first place spot all-around with a score of 59.2. He took first place on floor and vault, and second on pommel horse and parallel bars. Hunt had a solid meet, taking sixth place all around. He earned the third place spot on pommel horse and rings, and fourth on parallel bars. Paravecino had an impressive pommel horse routine earning him a score of 9.8 and Sherman looked solid on high bar earning him a second place medal.

The North Shore level 10 team ended up on top with an impressive number of medals for individual events.

Charlie Kramer (age 15, Minnetrista) earned first place all-around with first place finishes on both pommel horse and parallel bars. He also earned second place on rings and high bar. Max Bortnem (age 16, Minnetrista) earned second place all-around with first place finishes on floor and rings, and a third place finish on high bar. Ethan Gonzalez (age 15, Sauk Rapids) had a solid meet, earning second place on vault and parallel bars, and third on floor. Daryn Strub (age 16, Howard Lake) competed in four out of six events while healing from a foot injury. Strub earned an impressive 11.6 on high bar to take first place on that event.