Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gymnasts, cheer groups show spirit at their meets

State and national contests

The Black Diamonds pyramid at Nationals, from left, Sierra Beck, Tatym Abell, Emily Ruhter, Sidney Chambers, Kendra Radabaugh, Emily Vandenberg, Samantha Chambers, Izzy Romero, Cassidy Carter, McKenzie Brown, Kelsea Beck, Alaylia Norton and Claire Guthrie. Courtesy photo

Hailey's Spirit n' Motion Athletic School (SMAS) Cheerleading and Gymnastics Gym fielded a competitive gymnastics team for the first time this year and had outstanding results during the state competition March 24-27 at Boise State University.

Coach Amanda Norton said, "All of our Level 4s qualified for state this year and did their best with their season-best scores.

"Adelle Martin was state champion in her division for vault with a score of 9.40. She took fifth place on floor and in all-around. Tyler Beck took third on parallel bars, and fifth in all-around for 10-11 year-old boys.

"Alaylia Norton got fourth place on floor and fifth on vault. Evathea Drougas took sixth place all-around with sixth place on vault, bars, beam and floor. All of our other athletes did amazing and scored very high. There were hundreds of kids there competing and many, up to 20 in each division.

"Spirit n' Motion has had a great first season. We scored right in the middle of all the other gyms, and are going to kick some butt next year."

The coach added, "We have a demonstration Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Spirit n' Motion and will be starting our new competitive gymnastics teams the first of May. Visit for more info."

Here are state placements for the kids:

Level 4 (9 years old): Havalind Vernoy 12th all-around (32.725), 12th vault (8.65), 12th bars (7.75), 10th beam (8.65) and 12th floor (7.7).

Level 4 (9-10 years old): Emma Guisasola 8th all-around (32.855), 8th vault (8.9), 11th bars (7.15), 9th beam (8.425) and 8th floor (8.4); and Alaylia Norton 9th all-around (32.755), 5th vault (9.05), 9th bars (7.825), 11th beam (7.125) and 4th floor (8.775).

Level 4 (10 years old): Lucca Vernoy 10th all-around (31.125), 8th vault (8.75), 11th bars (6.8), 11th beam (8.15) and 10th floor (7.425); and Jillian Palmer 10th all-around (31.400), 7th vault (8.9), 11th bars (5.65), 11th beam (8.15) and 8th floor (8.7).

Level 4 (11-12 years old): Adelle Martin 5th all-around (35.15), 1st vault (9.4), 7th bars (8.575), 7th beam (8.4) and 5th floor (8.775); and Evathea Drougas 6th all-around (34.90), 6th vault (9.15), 6th bars (8.65), 6th beam (8.70) and 6th floor (8.40).

Level 4 (6-7 years old): Quinton Norton 12th all-around (77.80), 17th floor (12.3), 12th pommel (9.2), 13th rings (14.2), 15th vault (14.3), 12th parallel bars (13.7) and 7th high bar (14.1).

Level 4 (10-11 years old): Tyler Beck 5th all-around (71.300), 5th floor (12.4), 5th pommel (7.3), 5th rings (12.4), 5th vault (14.5), 3rd parallel bars (13.4) and 5th high bar (11.3).

Cheerleaders compete at nationals

Three teams of Spirit n' Motion All Star Cheerleaders competed at the American Championships Nationals in Salt Lake City, Utah March 17.

Coach Amanda Norton said, "It was an amazing competition! All three teams did their best ever and hit all their difficult stunts and tumbling in their 2.5 minute routines. The Black Diamonds only lost by one point, and the Silver Stars took first place in the Junior Level 1 division.

"The Green Emeralds Tiny team (3-5 years old) also did amazing and were super cute! It was a great way to end their season."

Silver Stars national champions included coaches Norton, Kelsea Beck, Kelly Bozzuto and Alyssa Obland along with Ivy Adamson, Kirsten Porter, Sierra Beck, Quinton Norton, Kira Korchinski, Kendra Radabaugh, Mackenzie Kluge, Emily Ruhter, Sophia Vandenberg, Cassidy Organist, Cassidy Carter, Alaylia Norton, Samantha Chambers, Dominic Romero, Amelya Obland and Jaysa Bozzuto.

Black Diamonds members were Sierra Beck, Tatym Abell, Emily Ruhter, Sidney Chambers, Kendra Radabaugh, Emily Vandenberg, Samantha Chambers, Izzy Romero, Cassidy Carter, McKenzie Brown, Kelsea Beck, Alaylia Norton and Claire Guthrie.

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