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Haddie Ketzenberger leads Marquette Redettes gymnasts to regional qualifying score

Marquette's Helane Sharpe concentrates during her balance beam routine at the Marquette Invitational high school gymnastics meet held at Marquette Senior High School on Friday. (Photo courtesy Jon Young)

MARQUETTE — The host Redettes edged out Escanaba, and probably more importantly, posted an MHSAA team regional qualifying score at its Marquette Invitational high school gymnastics meet held Friday.

MSHS totaled 121.975 points, about 4 1/2 points more than runner-up Escanaba’s 117.35. Negaunee was third with 92.35 and Superior Seven, a Keweenaw-based cooperative, had 61.65 as the meet drew in all four Upper Peninsula gymnastics teams.

The Redettes also broke the 120-point barrier needed for regional qualifying.

“It was a great night of gymnastics with many U.P. athletes achieving regional qualifying scores,” Marquette head coach Bridget Johnson said. “With only three weeks of preparation, this is an amazing feat.”

The Redettes’ Haddie Ketzenberger won the all-around title with 33.95 points, beating out Superior’s Emma Gariepy by more than a point and a half as she had 32.25. Escanaba’s Lizzy Silva was third with 30.6, followed by Marquette’s Grace Henning with 29.6 and Superior’s Taelor Jurmu with 29.4.

Ketzenberger also won the title in three of the four apparatuses, only missing first place on vault, where she was fourth with 8.70.

The MSHS senior had her biggest margin of victory and highest score on floor exercise, where she earned a 9.30. Escanaba’a Caitlyn Davenport was second with 8.70.

Ketzenberger won bars with 7.60 as Silva was second with 7.30, and Ketzenberger also took beam with 8.35 as Gariepy was runner-up with 8.10.

Gariepy won vault with 9.20 as Silva and Jurmu tied for second with 8.80.

Also for Marquette, Henning was fourth in vault with 8.50 and fourth on floor with 7.85, Helana Sharpe tied for fourth in bars with 6.50 and tied for fifth in beam with 7.40, Julia King also tied for fifth in beam with 7.40 and was fifth in vault with 8.475, and Tayln Rasmussen was third in beam with 7.90.

On Wednesday, Negaunee will host Marquette and Superior Seven.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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