Wednesday, April 2, 2014

HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTICS: Central Wins District 3-5A Gymnastics Title

Two weekends ago I assigned myself to cover the District 3-5A gymnastics meet held at Central High School here in San Angelo. Central has a long history of gymnastics greatness and the accolades keep piling up. Last year the boys team won third place at the state meet and the girls team pulled out a championship to the surprise of everyone. The competition was so close at the end that no one knew which team had won until the awards ceremony. It's always a nice moment when that expression of "I can't believe we just won" appears on the gymnasts' faces.

Leading up to the state meet, the Central girls and boys teams are always contenders for the team title of the various meets of the season. I guess it has something to do with the fact that the school has a feeder program, Concho Valley Gymnastics, that starts teaching the skills gymnasts need starting at a very young age. The other schools in the district probably don't have such a program, leaving it up to the coach of each school to train their own teams when students reach the high school level.

As expected, Central dominated the competition. Senior gymnast Haylee Thompson, in her final home appearance, won the all-around and swept all four events. The girls team won their 13th consecutive District 3-5A title with a total 223.50 points followed by Odessa Permian (221.40) and Odessa High (206.675). The boys team also won the district title finishing with a combined score of 325.40 followed by Odessa Permian (314.60). Central's Will Arrott and August Ezell took the top two spots in the all-around scoring 105.90 and 105.70 respectively.

Next up for the Central gymnasts is the regional meet in Odessa which the team is expected to dominate as well. After that, the state meet at Alvin High School near Houston. I'm looking forward to making the trip to see the Lady Cats potentially win another championship. The boys team has shown vast improvement over the last few years and could post great results at this year's state meet.

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