OHS finishes third at the State Tournament


Logan Norrid

The Owatonna Huskies Girls Gymnastics team after placing third at the MSHSL State Tournament. Pictured left to right: Dylann Norrid, Delia Neumann, Brynn Routh, Jozie Johnson, Averie Roush, Kendra Miller, Emma Johnson, Kaitlyn Cobban, Kaelyn Smith, Chloe Myer, McKenna Edel and Johanna Spielman.

Logan Norrid

After an undefeated season in dual meets, the Owatonna Huskies took on the MSHSL State Tournament at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, MN. The competition started at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. The Huskies went into the competition coming off a huge sections win and led by Section 1AA Coach of the Year Evan Moe.

The Huskies started their day on the uneven bars, and the team consisted of Emma Johnson, Delia Neumann, Kaitlyn Cobban, Kaelyn Smith and Averie Roush. The girls ended the rotation with a handful of stuck routines. They ended the first rotation with a team score of 34.700.

The second rotation was the balance beam with the team of Cobban, Roush, Kendra Miller,  Neumann and Johnson. This was a strong rotation for the Huskies, everyone stuck their routines and all the gymnasts received big hugs from the rest of their teammates. The final score for the beam was 36.075.

The third event for the Huskies was the floor exercise; the team of Johanna Speilman, Miller, Cobban, Roush and Johnson finished the rotation with a score of 36.575. That score is the highest among the teams that competed before them, and only three more teams to compete.

The last rotation was the vault, with a team of Speilman, Cobban, Roush, Emma Johnson and Jozie Johnson. The rotation was not as strong in comparison to the others, but Jozie Johnson pulled through for the Huskies with a strong 9.500 vault to anchor the event. The team ultimately finished with a score of 36.775.

After the long day, the girls finished strong against the other teams placing third in the state with a solid score of 144.125. Coach Evan Moe said, “The girls did really well; they came out and hit beam hard, going five for five [on stuck routines], which is always an awesome feeling to do.”

Cobban was a stand out gymnast at this meet and was a strong leader this year for the Huskies. Cobban said, “I feel like I did pretty good at state. The team also did really good, and we really pulled through for bars which is not typically our strong suit.” Cobban will compete again tomorrow at the Individual tournament on the vault.

Competing for the Huskies in the Individual Event State Competition are: Averie Roush on beam, Delia Neumann on beam, Emma Johnson on floor, Kaitlyn Cobban on vault, and Jozie Johnson on vault on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium.