The Rhinelander High School gymnastic team had a strong showing in their opening meet of the 2018-2019 season. The Hodags finished 2nd at the Medford Hot Cocoa Invite on Saturday with a score of 114.875 points. The Raiders finished first overall and would be led by freshman Brooklyn Bilz and Makayla Ulrich who went 1-2 in the all-around. While senior Raven Sturtevant placed third in the all-around.
Sturtevant led the Hodags' on the day and would post the highest scores for Rhinelander in three of the four events. Her best showing was in the uneven bars, where she won with a score of 7.725, the same even she qualifed for state last season. Sturtevant tied for fourth place on the vault with a score of 8.2. She also tied for fifth on the balance beam (7.5) and tied for eight on the floor exercise (7.2).
Bridget Koser was the only other Rhinelander gymnast to earn a top-five finish on the day. Koser tied for fifth place on the uneven bars with a score of 6.575. Despite the bars being the Hodags lowest scoring event in the meet, they still had all five varsity gymnasts earn top-10 finishes. After Sturtevant and Koser, Harlie Zimmermann placed sixth, Lilli Bishop finished seventh, and Autumn Shafer was eighth.
On the beam Rhinelander drastically improved from their opener in the 2017-2018 season where they had 11 team falls. While on Saturday RHS have five falls which accounted for 2.5 point deduction. Sturtevant and Zimmermann (T7th; 7.35) each had no-fall routines. Junior Amber Briggs tied with teammate Zimmermann for seventh and only had one fall.
Shafer finished seventh in the all-around competition which tied her best career finish with a score of 27.725 and Bishop was right behind in eight at 26.925. Shafer placed sixth on the floor and tied for eight on the vault while Koser tied for eighth on the floor.
Bilz and Ulrich of Medford woud finsih 1-2 on the floor exercise and the balance beam and would finish in the top-five in all four of the events.
All five GNC Small schools will take part in the annual Snowflake Invite hosted by Rhinelander on Saturday. First round is set to begin at 10:30AM at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium.
The Rhinelander High School Gymnastics team will be hosting a benefit Saturday, October 13th from 4:00-8:00PM at Pat's Tavern & Grill.
This fun-filled event will include live music, 50/50 drawing, and basket raffles. All of the proceeds of the night will benefit the RHS Gymnastics team as well as the James Williams Middle School team who shares the equipment.
The money raised helps with equipment, competition leotards, and warm-ups. It was noted the team just ordered two new replacement mats and covers for their bar mats, but still have many needs.
For any additional information or questions please contactCoach Heather Sturtevant at email@example.com.
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