M.C. Area beams by St. James

ST. JAMES – Martin County Area displayed a balanced scoring effort behind its talent-laden lineup to post a 129.475-101.0 South Central Conference gymnastics dual-meet victory over the St. James Saints on Thursday night in St. James.

Rebecca Steen generated 34.075 points to capture the all-around crown in topping the visiting Magic’s winning ways. Steen claimed top honors on the floor exercise with the only score in the 9-point range by meriting a 9.125 from the judges.

Martin County Area’s junior co-captain also garnered first-place accolades on the balance beam with an 8.725, while claiming runner-up honors to teammate Martha Olson on the vault with an 8.8. Steen placed third on the uneven parallel bars with a 7.425 to round out her overall point total.

Olson planted her Tsukahara to win the vault competition with a 9.225, while teammates Sydney Leichtnam and Michaela Twitchell claimed the No. 4 and No. 5 spots off of the vault table with an 8.375 and an 8.325, respectively.

Andrea Thate produced an individual victory for the Magic on the unevens, chalking up a 7.9 to fend off St. James’ Erin Hurley (7.85). Hurley claimed second place in the all-around competition with a 32.225 and notched third on the vault with an 8.6.

Lexy Ringnell and Sydney Leichtnam claimed fourth and fifth place on the unevens with a 7.325 and a 7.25, respectively, for Martin County Area.

Brooklyn Leichtnam delivered a second-place score of 8.35 on the balance beam for the Magic, while teammates Maggie Bachenberg and Jenna Steele nailed down the fourth and fifth spots with a 7.175 and a 6.875, respectively. Hurley placed third on the beam for the Saints with a 7.5.

Olson and Hurley dueled for second-place honors on the floor behind Steen, with Olson netting an 8.3 and Hurley an 8.275.

Bachenberg and Ringnell shared fourth place on the floor with a pair of 8.15s, while Magic teammate Kersten Shantz collected fifth with a 7.475.

Martin County Area (6-0, 3-0 SCC) competes in the Sweetheart Invitational at 11 a.m. Saturday in Jackson.


MCA 129.475,

St. James 101.0

All-Around: 1. Rebecca Steen (MCA) 34.075; 2. Erin Hurley (SJ) 32.225; 3. Glenda Hector (SJ) 24.775.

Vault: 1. Martha Olson (MCA) 9.225; 2. Rebecca Steen (MCA) 8.8; 3. Erin Hurley (SJ) 8.6; 4. Sydney Leichtnam (MCA) 8.375; 5. Michaela Twitchell (MCA) 8.325.

Other MCA score: Maggie Bachenberg 8.275.

Uneven Parallel Bars: 1. Andrea Thate (MCA) 7.9; 2. Erin Hurley (SJ) 7.85; 3. Rebecca Steen (MCA) 7.425; 4. Lexy Ringnell (MCA) 7.325; 5. Sydney Leichtnam (MCA) 7.25.

Other MCA score: Martha Olson 7.1.

Balance Beam: 1. Rebecca Steen (MCA) 8.725; 2. Brooklyn Leichtnam (MCA) 8.35; 3. Erin Hurley (SJ) 7.5; 4. Maggie Bachenberg (MCA) 7.175; 5. Jenna Steele (MCA) 6.875.

Other MCA score: Sydney Leichtnam 6.1.

Floor Exercise: 1. Rebecca Steen (MCA) 9.125; 2. Martha Olson (MCA) 8.3; 3. Erin Hurley (SJ) 8.275; 4. (tie) Maggie Bachenberg (MCA) and Lexy Ringnell (MCA) 8.15s; 5. Kersten Shantz (MCA) 7.475.