Dutch gymnasts down Ridgway Elkers Tuesday

The St. Marys Area Dutch gymnastics squad recorded its third victory of the season Tuesday evening by defeating the Ridgway Lady Elkers by a 119.675 to 103.425 score in a meet held at the Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School in Ridgway.“I felt the girls did really well on all the events. Our highlight event of the night would have had to have been beam. This is the first time we were able to hit over a 30 on this event since the beginning of the season. At the start of the season this was our low event,” said St. Marys coach Irene McCandless. “The girls really picked up the momentum here.”In the vault, Michaela Sorg of the Dutch took first with an 8.2 Abby Wittman of the Dutch was second with an 8.05, followed by Ridgway’s Kayla Pavlock with a 7.95. Nicole Florio of the Dutch took fourth with a 7.7. Other St. Marys scores were Cheyenne Bothun 7.6 and Mackenzie Neureiter with a 7.6. In exhibition for St. Marys, Katlyn McCandless had a 7.05 and Marissa Pangallo a 6.65.Wittman won the uneven bars with a 7.075, followed by Sorg in second with a 7.05. Ridgway’s Amanda Maddalena was third with a 7.025, followed by Florio in fourth with a 6.925. Other St. Marys scores were Mackenzie Neureiter with a 6.75 and Madison Quesenberry with a 4.95. In exhibition, Allison Prokop had a 4.125 and Bothun a 2.675.“Although we still struggle on bars, I know that we are not the only team in the league who has difficulty on this event. This seems to be the hardest event for us, although the girls did perform better and seem to be getting the routines to flow more - that is a step in the right direction,” said McCandless.St. Marys took the top three places in the balance beam, with Florio taking first with a 7.85, followed Sorg 7.8 and Neureiter 7.6. Courtney Bush took fourth with a 6.95. Other St. Marys scores were Wittman 6.85 and Quesenberry 5.975. In exhibition, Bothun had a 4.725.In the floor exercise, the Dutch took the top three spots. Neureiter was first with an 8.25, followed by Sorg 7.825 and Florio 7.525. Pavlock of Ridgway was fourth with a 7.4. Other St. Marys scores were Jessica Tettis 6.725 and Wittman 6.8. In exhibition, Quesenberry had a 5.675 and Bothun a 6.65.SMA’s Michaela Sorg won the all-around with a 30.775 total, followed by teammates Mackenzie Neureiter 30.2, Nicole Florio 29.825 and Abby Wittman 28.775. Ridgway’s Gabby Benninger was fifth with a 26.275 total.“Our vaults were pretty good and we stayed pretty steady here as well as floor,” said McCandless. “Overall, the team is still heading in the right direction.”St. Marys will travel to Moon Township to participate in the Moon Township Invitational this Saturday at the Moon Township Middle School.