Gymnasts leap past StormHawks

The New Prague Trojan gymnastics team continues to compete at a high level, scoring 145.9 points in a win over Chaska/Chanhassen Friday, Jan. 11.

The Trojans, ranked No. 1 in Class A, were led by a season- best all-around performance from Jamie Niedermayer, who scored a 36.85 on the four events, placing first in three of them. Teammate Bridget Ellanson was second with a 35.175.

The Trojans were at their best on the balance beam, where they had the top five scores. Four Trojans scored 9.3 or higher in the event, led by Sarah Hoffman’s 9.525. Brianna Ellanson had a 9.4, Niedermayer 9.325 and Marissa Ekness 9.3. Bridget Ellanson scored an 8.925. New Prague had three of the top four scores in each of the other events. Niedermayer won the floor with a 9.45, with Bridget Ellanson second at 9.35 and Hoffman third at 9.3. Brianna Ellanson was fifth at 9.2 and Sydney Samson had an 8.45.

Niedermayer won the bars with an 8.8. Brianna Ellanson was second at 8.775 and Samson fourth at 8.6. Jess Niedermayer had an 8.325 and Bridget Ellanson 7.825.

On the vault, Jamie Niedermayer’s 9.275 took first place, with Hoffman second at 9.225. Bridget Ellanson was fourth at 9.075. Samson scored 8.975 and Meghan Dubanoski had an 8.65.

The Trojan JV scored an impressive 36.65 points. They were led by Hannah Piehl, who had an all-around score of 36.75. Piehl is ineligible for varsity competition as a transfer student. She had team highs on the vault (9.45), bars (9.35), beam (8.8) and floor (9.15).

“We had an excellent beam set, another good floor set, but had some troubles on the bars,” Coach Doug Amundsen said. “The girls are continuing to work on the small things we need work on, and it is really paying off. Scores are consistently high and everyone knows there is still room for improvement. It is building momentum for the end of the season.”

After competing at Farmington Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Trojans have a busy week ahead of them. They host Red Wing Friday, Jan. 18, travel to the Jackson County Central Invitational Saturday, Jan. 19, then travel to Northfield Tuesday, Jan. 22.