The Stow-Munroe Falls High School gymnastics team is state-bound for the first time in school history.
Second-year coach Kalie Stallard, 21, will guide the Bulldogs into the 40th annual state meet at Hilliard Bradley High School this weekend with senior Allison Marino and freshman Jennifer Rinaldi as her top performers.
Marino and Rinaldi are among seven gymnasts who will compete for Stow in the team portion of the tournament on Friday. The duo will then participate in the individual meet on Saturday.
“Everyone stayed nice and calm during the entire district meet,” Stallard said. “They hit all their routines and made no mistakes. I couldn’t be more proud of them. They have achieved a lot through hard work.”
All seven Stow gymnasts will compete in the bars, beam, floor exercise and vault on Friday.
The other five Bulldogs scheduled to compete Friday are freshman Erin Kolke, sophomore Cecelia Keen, juniors Brooke Smith and Catherine Suchy and senior Meg Merlene.
Stow placed fifth in the team standings at the district tournament at Painesville Riverside High School on Saturday. Perennial state power Brecksville, Mentor, Strongsville and North Royalton were the top four teams.
Stow finished ahead of area rivals Cloverleaf, Medina, Hudson and Wadsworth. The Colts, Bees and Explorers will send two gymnasts to the individual state tournament.
Stallard said Marino qualified for the vault only the past two years and is excited for the challenge this weekend.
“Ally’s goal for all four years was to make it to state in all four events and the all-around,” Stallard said. “I am really excited for her. She always works hard in practice. This is her last year. I am super proud of her.
“With Jen, for a freshman to make two events and the all-around, that doesn’t happen very often. I am excited for her to compete at the state meet. I am hoping that she will be able to go back in the future in all four events and the all-around.”
Stallard, a 2009 Olmsted Falls graduate, brings a gymnastics background to her job. She was a state qualifier as a sophomore and senior during her high school career and is a member of the Kent State University club team as a junior academically.
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Rollin’ to state bowling
Perry, Green, Wadsworth and Jackson qualified as teams for the state girls bowling tournament on Saturday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.
Perry (3,689) placed second in the district tournament behind champion Hubbard (3,761) at Twin Star Lanes in Kent on Sunday. Junior Heather Brownsword (611 three-game series) and senior Taylor Black (553) led the Panthers.
Freshman Madison Summers (545) and junior Hannah Sensius (534) guided Green.
Wadsworth’s top two are junior Amanda Stevens (570) and sophomore Katie Long (535). Senior Marissa Easterday (553) posted Jackson’s top series.
Qualifying as individuals are Minerva junior Karlee Eick (620), Walsh Jesuit senior Emily Jucikas (654), Twinsburg junior Emily Sheets (632) and Nordonia senior Rachel Novak (587).
Three area boys will compete in the state boys bowling tournament on Friday: Nordonia freshman Ryan Liederbach (664 three-game series), North Canton Hoover sophomore Anthony Inzetta (650) and Copley junior Damon Hickman (646).
Magics season record
Barberton senior basketball player Eric Hummel established a new Magics single-season record for 3-point shots by making 69 this season.
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