Local gymnasts medal at state

March 4, 2014

Only two Issaquah athletes earned medals at the girls state gymnastics finals Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

Issaquah High School’s Amanda Dumont placed eighth on the bars with a score of 8.4.

Skyline High School’s Rikki Uhrich scored a 9.325 on the floor exercise, good enough for a sixth-place finish.

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Newport out-tumbles issaquah, skyline

February 4, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar

Photos by Greg Farrar

Newport won a tri-meet Jan. 30 in the Eagles’ Pat Hatmaker Gymnasium with 166.90 points. Issaquah was second with 156.25 and Skyline was third with 151.85 points. At right, Elise Bugge, Issaquah High School junior, performs a twist on her dismount from the vault. Bugge led Issaquah with 8.45 points, third-best, and was seventh in the all-around of vault, bars, beam and floor with 30.80 points. At far right, Rikki Uhrich, Skyline High School gymnast, does a flip to land on the end of the balance beam, before doing a backward somersault dismount for a third-place 8.0 points on the apparatus. She went on to lead the Spartans with second-overall 33.3 points.

 

 

 

Young Liberty team falls to Mount Si

January 28, 2014

By Greg Farrar Emily Culbertson, Liberty High School sophomore, grips the low uneven bar with the momentum to begin her routine, earning 6.3 for third place on the apparatus, part of the 27.85 points that earned her fifth place all-around score Jan. 23 against Mount Si.

By Greg Farrar
Emily Culbertson, Liberty High School sophomore, grips the low uneven bar with the momentum to begin her routine, earning 6.3 for third place on the apparatus, part of the 27.85 points that earned her fifth place all-around score Jan. 23 against Mount Si.

With just one upperclassman on the Liberty gymnastic team’s 21-person roster, it’d be an understatement to say the program is experiencing a youth movement.

The team is riddled with freshmen and sophomores, some of whom have never even played the sport.

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Allison Northey wins Pac-12 gymnastics award two weeks in row

March 26, 2013

Allison Northey, a 2012 Skyline High School graduate, has been named Pac-12 Gymnastics Newcomer of the Week two weeks in a row.

Northey, a freshman on the University of Washington gymnastics team, first earned the honor for the week of Feb. 11-17. Her first time competing in the all-around as a collegiate athlete, she finished third overall with a 39.075 that week, helping her team tie No. 6 Utah for the second time in school history.

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Saving the best for last

February 19, 2013

Tia Riley closed her gymnastics career on a major upswing, competing in three disciplines and setting personal bests in two.

The Liberty High School senior’s scores in floor and vault at the state meet in Tacoma surpassed all her marks in prep gymnastics, she said.

She did not qualify for finals, but nobody could call her final meet a failure, not her coach who said that two minor mistakes kept Riley from the floor finals, nor Riley herself.

By Greg Farrar Tia Riley, Liberty High School senior, leaps during her floor routine at the 3A state gymnastics championships in Tacoma.

By Greg Farrar
Tia Riley, Liberty High School senior, leaps during her floor routine at the 3A state gymnastics championships in Tacoma.

“I’m happy,” she said. “I’m glad I competed so well in my last meet.”

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Skyline High School gymnasts earn No. 2 spot at meet

February 5, 2013

The Skyline High School Spartans faced off against Eastlake, Garfield and Newport in their second-to-last league gymnastics meet Jan. 24, where they eventually took second place with 130.77 points.

Even with a few of their top performers missing Jan. 24, the Spartans had 10 girls in each event.

“They did great. I thought they did fantastic tonight,” Skyline coach Michelle McCombs said. “We were trying to reach 145, but because we were down a couple of our key players, we knew that it wasn’t going to happen. But we still got close to 130, which is good.”

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Issaquah gymnasts dedicate lone home meet to Bob Taylor

January 15, 2013

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Elise Bugge, Issaquah High School sophomore, is in a zone of happiness as she works on her uneven bars routine Jan. 10 during the Eagles’ gymnastics meet against Roosevelt. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High gymnastics squad made the most of its only home appearance of the regular season Jan. 10 to trim the visiting Roosevelt contingent, 150-139.

The gymnasts stepped up on Senior Night, and dedicating their endeavors to the late Bob Taylor, longtime sports editor for The Issaquah Press and a gymnastics enthusiast.

Issaquah junior standout Rebecca Chinn turned in solid performances in the vault and the beam events with a pair of bronzes, recording a tandem of 8.55 points.

Meanwhile, Issaquah junior gymnasts Amanda Dumont and Elise Bugge finished in the top 10 in the vault and floor exercises.

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Liberty gymnasts stumble against Mount Si

January 15, 2013

By Christina Corrales-ToyShawna Sarrett, Liberty High School senior, poses on the balance beam, earning a score of 7.0 on Jan. 10 against Mount Si.

Shawna Sarrett, Liberty High School senior, poses on the balance beam, earning a score of 7.0 on Jan. 10 against Mount Si. By Christina Corrales-Toy

Going in to the Patriots’ Jan. 10 meet against Mount Si, Liberty High School gymnastics coach Lori Copenhaver knew it would be an uphill battle.

The relatively short-in-numbers Liberty squad failed to match Mount Si’s strong depth, falling to the Wildcats, 161.05-127.15.

“It was kind of expected, but I think the girls did really well,” Copenhaver said.

Despite the loss, Copenhaver said she was encouraged by what she saw out of her gymnasts, especially seniors Tia Riley and Shawna Sarrett.

“Tia actually had probably her best meet so far this year,” she said.

Riley took second place on the vault with a score of 8.65, and placed third overall with a score of 31.65. Sarrett placed seventh overall with a score of 29.9.

It was the Patriots’ first meet since the holiday break, and with a strong Mount Si team coming up, Copenhaver said it was important to get her gymnasts refocused as they returned to school.

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Liberty Patriots gymnastics team defeats Bellevue Wolverines

December 18, 2012

Tia Riley, Liberty High School senior, poses on the balance beam, earning a score of 7.8 Dec. 13 against Bellevue. By Christina Corrales-Toy

It is easy to spot the Liberty High School gymnastics team among a crowded gymnasium filled with fans, coaches and other competitors.

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Junior Rikki Ulrich shines despite Spartan gymnasts’ last-place finish

December 18, 2012

Rikki Ulrich, Skyline High School junior, goes heels over head in the dismount during her winning balance beam routine for a score of 8.75, on the way to her winning all-around score Dec. 13 against Eastlake. By Greg Farrar

The Skyline High School gymnastics team may have finished fourth behind Eastlake, Redmond and Roosevelt on Dec. 13, but it had the top-place finisher in four of the five categories.

Rikki Ulrich, a junior at Skyline, cartwheeled down the line to the springboard before flipping up and off the vault to score 8.9 points and earn the win. On the uneven bars, Ulrich started out on the upper bar, so she could complete two bar changes by the end of her routine, which she ended with a giant fly away for 7 points and a two-way tie for sixth.

“I kind of just close my eyes and go,” she said about bar. “I’ve been doing it for so long that it’s just second nature.”

Beam brought Ulrich another win with an 8.75. She strung together several jumps and flips in the floor competition before winning with a score of 9.6. In the end, she racked up 34.25 points to win the all-around.

The 16-year-old did all this while working through back pain, which she has been dealing with for three years.

“I think it’s just overuse mainly,” Ulrich said. “It definitely impacts me, but I try to work through it because if it’s already lasted for three years then it is staying there … It makes me work harder. I don’t think it makes me better, but it gives me more drive.”

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