SUBSCRIBE NOW AND SAVE 3 months just 99¢/month

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Five area gymnasts to watch in 2021-22

Once again, there is plenty of gymnastics talent around southeastern Minnesota

cf180a2de887de513f191587ab5254bc.jpg
Kasson-Mantorville/Triton's Emma Klejeski performs a beam routine during a gymnastics meet on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 at Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School in Kasson. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

Amber Roble, Byron: The junior is perhaps the top returning gymnast in the area. She was the state runner-up on the balance beam last winter, with a score of 9.375 to help fuel an 11th-place finish in the all-around at last year's Class A state meet. She is the defending Section 1A champion on the beam and has her eyes set on another run for an individual state title.

Natalya Franz, Winona/Cotter: With the graduation Chloe Hughes, it is Franz who will be the leader for the Winhawks. The junior is a two-time state qualifier, competing on the uneven bars, beam and the vault at last year's Class A state meet. Her best finish at state came on the bars with a score of 8.850, for 14th place. She had won the Section 1A uneven bars title with a score of 9.400. She was also named to the All-Big Nine team.

RELATED:

  • Nisbit ready to help usher in a new era for PIZM gymnastics The Wildcats graduated a talented senior class that helped guide them to four consecutive state meet appearances, including a runner-up finish last season.
  • Gymnastics preview: Rochester teams looking forward to a more normal season After virtual practices and split meets because of COVID-19 last season, Century, John Marshall and Mayo are eager for this year.

Lydia Evans, Byron: She finished seventh in the all-around and in the floor exercise at the Section 1A meet last year, just missing out on qualifying for state in both events. Evans and Roble, along with a deep group of gymnasts, are a big reason why the Bears are contenders for a section title this season.

Hannah Fritz, Austin: The senior took eighth on the beam at the Section 1A meet with a score of 8.600, helping the Packers finish fourth as a team behind Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa, Winona/Cotter and Byron. She will be a big part in helping the Packers make some noise in Section 1A.

ADVERTISEMENT

Emma Klejeski, Kasson-Mantorville/Triton: The junior turned heads last season at times and will be called upon for a continually improving Kasson-Mantorville/Triton program.

Related Topics: GYMNASTICSBYRONAUSTIN
What to read next
A scoreboard of boys hockey games.
A scoreboard of Tuesday's girls hockey games.
Tate Cothern made 49 saves and Rochester Mayo showed its offensive balance and depth, but the Spartans fell to powerful Hastings in overtime on Tuesday at Graham Arena.
A scoreboard of wrestling results.