Liberty gymnasts fall to Skyline
January 12, 2010
By Tim Pfarr
Although the Jan. 7 KingCo Conference gymnastics meet at Liberty High School marked Liberty’s senior night, the Patriots fell to the Skyline Spartans, 149.3 to 146.15.
Redmond also attended the meet, competing against Skyline, but Redmond racked up 162.2 points for the win.
Skyline’s Amy Bearman took first overall in the match against Liberty, scoring 33.8 points. She scored first on the floor, beam and bars, and second on the vault.
“I think we made a lot of progress over winter break learning new skills,” Bearman said. “We had a lot of positive energy tonight.”
Liberty’s Cortney Schirman took second overall with 31.1 points, and Hannah Bergam took third with 30.6 points. Bergam took second on beam, and Schirman took first on the vault and second on the floor.
Schirman said she particularly enjoyed performing her floor routine.“It was fun to perform it and show off one last time,” Schirman said with a laugh. “It was our senior night, so all of us seniors especially were just trying to do the final hurrah for all of our friends and family that came out tonight.”
Skyline’s Rachel Blyth also had a strong showing, taking second on the bars and third on the vault and floor. Skyline’s Morgan McCombs took third on the beam and Suzanne Sharlock took third on the bars.
“Tonight was good,” said Debbie Gliner, Skyline head coach. “I saw a lot of improvement and I was really pleased with tonight.
“I think Suzanne had her best night ever. Morgan McCombs had one of her best nights,” she added. “It was really good.”
Although Liberty lost by just a few precious points, head coach Lori Copenhaver said she was pleased with the night.
“I think the girls did a pretty good job,” she said. “They have things to work on, but they’re getting a little more confident.”
Copenhaver also said Schirman and Bergam did very well, as they both performed new bar routines.
“It was a decent meet,” she said. “It’s been one of our higher-scoring meets.”