Perfect campaign

NEGAUNEE – Negaunee completed a perfect high school gymnastics regular season with an 8-0 record in the Great Northern Upper Peninsula Conference on Monday.

The Miners scored their sixth 120-point or better meet score, which is the threshold that is needed to be reached four times to qualify a team for the upcoming MHSAA regionals.

Those regionals, which also include superior individual performers, take place at Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills High School at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 5.

On Monday, Negaunee finished with 124.7 points, far ahead of runner-up Escanaba’s 111.675 and Marquette’s 96.25. The Redettes have dealt with injuries and illness to some of their veteran performers, but still have four athletes who made the regionals.

Negaunee’s Kylar Kallioinen won the all-around with 32.35 points on Monday, winning a tiebreaker in the vault with 8.3.

She tied in that event with Escanaba’s Lindsey Taylor, who was second in all-around with 30.40.

Coming in third in all-around was the Miners’ Kalli Mattson in 30.20, who was also third in uneven bars, an event where Negaunee went 1-2-3 as teammate Lexi Caya won with 7.7 and Kallioinen was second with 7.65.

Taylor and Esky teammate Emily Bruntjens won competition in the other two apparatus, Taylor in the floor, though no score was available, and Bruntjens in the balance beam with 8.25.

Marquette’s best finish was by Lauren Kurzawa, third in the beam with 8.15.

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