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AUSTIN EDITION Packers fall inhome finale

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The final score wasn't as important to Mark Raymond on Thursday as the improvement the Austin High gymnastics team showed was.

The Packers fell to Winona -- a top-five ranked team in Class AA -- 148.250-136.575, at the Austin YMCA. But Austin's gymnasts increased the difficulty on many of their routines, and performed them cleanly.

"We had a solid night on all four events," Raymond, the Packers head coach, said. "It's nice to see the girls begin to peak here at the end of the (regular) season."

AHS senior Whitney Johnson closed out her home career with an all-around score of 36.600, good for a fourth-place finish.

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"The nice part is, she didn't have a perfect night," Raymond said. "There are still a couple of tenths that she can add to her scores to bring her toward a 37 (score) all-around."

Austin scored a season-high on the beam and the floor exercise, as well as a season-high team score.

The Packers are at the Big Nine Conference meet next Saturday at Rochester Century.

WINONA 148.250, AUSTIN HIGH 136.575

(Winner and Austin top placer)

Vault -- 1. Ashley Philipps (W) 9.525; 4. Whitney Johnson (A) 9.275.

Bars -- 1. Philipps (W) 9.775; 6. Johnson (A) 8.725.

Beam -- 1. Brianna Wunderlich (W) 9.475; 2. Johnson (A) 9.425; 5. Shannon Doyle (A) 8.775.

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Floor -- 1. Philipps (W) 9.425; 2. Doyle (A) 9.400; 5. Johnson (A) 9.175.

All-around -- 1. Philipps (W) 37.050; 4. Johnson (A) 36.600.

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