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HARVEST FEST INVITATIONAL
LEVELS TWO - SEVEN
NOVEMBER 18 - 19, 2010
WEST MEMPHIS, AR
2011-2012 GYMNASTICS COMPETITION SEASON
The Jacksonville Gymnastics Team coaches and gymnasts have been working hard since last March, and especially over the summer, just for this weekend when the competition season began again. For several years, Jacksonville Gymnastics Team has begun their competition season at the Harvest Fest Meet held by Delta Gymnastics at their home gym in West Memphis. The Jacksonville Gymnastics Competitive Team (now also known by the short name Jax Gym) competed Levels Two, Three, Four, Five, Six and Seven at the meet, which was a rather small meet.
In case you are new to our gymnastics team or our website, when we attend a meet, I try to get the team level picture for the website and team history. I also tell about top honors earned at a meet, which would include top three placements for events and individual all-around honors. I also started the tradition last year of featuring the gymnasts who win First-Place Individual All-Around Honors, by displaying their individual picture in addition to the team pictures. (Sometimes, though, I get wrapped up in the meet and forget to take these particular pictures and I would hope if your child wins that First-Place Individual All-Around honor, and I don't remember to take the picture, that you would remind me because I don't mean to overlook anyone.) These gymnasts work very hard for their honors and we do want them to receive the recognition that they deserve. In the chaos of the first meet of the season for our youngest team members and trying to get team pictures taken, etc., I did not get the pictures of the Level Two and Level Three First-Place Individual All-Around Honor winners, but I will get pictures of them at the next meet (or during the next two weeks) and get them on this article.
I will also try to remember to later on add a link here to an older article which I will try to rewrite that tells a little about how scoring is done and how team scores are figured, etc.
The Delta Gym always hosts a great competition - between their well-run meet, their great concession stand and the Waiting Time Entertainment - everyone has a great time. There is always a bit of waiting time while computer scores for the events are completed. Mr. Barry hold handstand competitions for the different ages which the gymnasts thoroughly enjoy - as do the parents. He also has the Level Ten Boys Gymnasts who help out at the meet show off their tumbling skills. Most of us never get to see in person that level of tumbling and we were all in awe and we thank the boys for showing off for us.
The meet began Friday night with Levels Two and Three competing. Jax Gym had the largest group of gymnasts at the meet at each session.
This is the first year for Jax Gym to compete Level Two gymnasts and our gymnasts range from four years to seven years of age. Nine of the thirteen-member Level Two Team gymnasts who competed Friday night were: Tristan Brown, Kenzie Howerton, Sarah Grace Moss, Abby Reed, Lakin Shaw, Madilynn Sober, Isabella Staggs, Whitney Stewart and Tessa West.
Shown here with their ribbons, scorecards and trophies, after an exciting but sort of tiring evening, are the Level Two gymnasts, who competed at their very first meet. They all did such a great job! From left to right are Isabella, Tessa, Madilynn, Tristan, Lakin, Kenzie, Abby, Sarah Grace and Whitney.
I am not listing top honors for the Level Two gymnasts since the Jax Gym team members were competing against one another. The honors will be listed when the competition is against other teams. Our Level Two gymnasts, however, all won top honors in cuteness!
Also competing in the Friday night session were 38 Level Three gymnasts, including the 20 Jax Gym team members. The Jax Gym Level Three Team members range in age from six years to ten years. The gymnasts who competed Friday night were: Sidney Andrews, Mae Armstrong, Nashira Bell, Ashlynn Black, Hannah Boswell, Taylor Brown, Riley Craig, Emma Dill, Revell Hogan, Caroline Jolly, Mia Jones, Jasia Joshua, Melanie Mackey, Katherine Miller, Madison Moon, Kaitlyn Morin, Abby Nelson, Sierra Smith, Bree Williams and Johanna Wolter.
In Arkansas, team honors are not usually awarded to Level Three and younger Teams. We don't know the scores of the other teams, but we were very proud of our gymnasts as they did very well.
We couldn't get it all together after the meet - everyone was so excited and all. I have two pictures of the Level Threes and still didn't get everyone in either of the pictures, but we'll do better next time. And I'm sorry, but I am unable to identify the young gymnasts yet.
Level Three gymnasts - we are so proud of all of you.
Top Honors awarded were as follows - listed by age of gymnasts.
Jacksonville Gymnastics Level Three First-Place Individual All-Around Winner
Bree Williams - we are very proud that you won Level Three First-Place Individual All-around Honors
Forty-seven Level Four gymnasts from six teams, representing three states (Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas) competed in the late Saturday session. This included twelve gymnasts from Jax Gym. Those gymnasts were: Kylie Belew, Kaitlin Beratto, Molly Boroughs, Marissa Brown, Chandler Dean, Kayla Goldsmith, Katie Groff, Hannah Heflin, Sophie Miller, Isabelle Rhodes, Samantha Stephens and Carson White.
The Level Four Team won the Second-Place Team Trophy. They had a great meet, losing first place by only .2 of a point. First row gymnasts, from left to right, are Marissa, Isabelle, Chandler, Kylie, and Hannah. Back row, left to right are Molly, Kaitlin, Katie, Carson, Kayla and Samantha.
Top honors were awarded as follows:
|Kylie Belew||Tie First||Second|
|Sophie Miller||Tie Third|
Jacksonville Gymnastics Level Four First-Place Individual All-Around Winners
Molly Boroughs - First-Place Individual All-Around Winner - First Meet Ever!
Kayla Goldsmith - First-Place Individual All-Around Winner
Carson White - First-Place Individual All-Around Winner - Carson also had the honor of taking the trophy home for the weekend. Jax Gym has a tradition whereby the team gymnast with the highest score for the level gets to take the trophy home. Carson had an all-around score of 35.9 - the highest all-around score of any of the Jax Gym gymnasts - congratulations, Carson.
The Saturday morning session started off bright and early at 8:00, which is early whether you have driven to the meet that morning or even stayed over the night before. Twenty-seven Level Five gymnasts from five Arkansas teams competed in that morning session, including thirteen Level Five gymnasts from Jacksonville Gymnastics. Those gymnasts were Alexis Clouser, Jordan Cooper, Makenzie Cresswell, Brenna Frandson, Scarlett Frederic, Rani Heinmiller, Harlyn Hogan, Autumn Klein, Sydney Spillane, Mayla Spoon, Elizabeth Thornhill, Alexis Truesdail, and Alexandria Wargo.
Winners of the Level Five First-Place Team Award - this is what pride looks like!!! First row, left to right are Brenna, Makenzie, Alexis, Sydney and Jordan. Seated, left to right, are Mayla, Autumn, Alexis, Raini and Elizabeth. Standing, left to right, are Scarlett, Harlyn and Alexandria. Congratulations, Gymnasts.
|Alexis Clouser||Tie Third||Tie Third|
Jacksonville Gymnastics Level Five First-Place Individual All-Around Winners
Makenzie Cresswell - Level Five First-Place Individual All-Around Winner
Brenna Frandson - Level Five First-Place Individual All-Around Winner
Jordan Cooper - Level Five First-Place Individual All-Around Winner
Forty-three Level Six, Seven and Eight gymnasts competed in the noontime session, including ten Jax Gym Level Six gymnasts and eight Jax Gym Level Seven gymnasts. The Jax Gym Level Six gymnasts were Miranda Chambers, Mia Faulkner, Sara Heil, Morganne Jumper, Cami Kita, Jenna Mecca, Ainsley Robinson, Kaitlyn Sheesley, Danielle Sheesley and Taylor Stauffer.
The Level Six Gymnasts, who proudly won Second-Place Team Trophy from left to right, are Morganne, Danielle, Sara, Cami, Jenna, Miranda, Taylor, Ainsley, Kaitlyn and Mia.
Jax Gym Level Six Top honors were awarded as follows:
Jacksonville Gymnastics Level Six First-Place Individual All-Around Winner
Jenna Mecca won the First-Place All-Around but I failed to get her picture with the trophy. I'm sorry, Jenna, and we'll get another one soon.
The following Level Seven Optional Gymnasts were also able to compete at the noontime session: Sabrina Barger, Emma Faulkner, Joshuline Gaynor, Briyana Isaac, Madi Spears, Allison Tubbs, Lynzie VanBrocklin and Caytee Wright.
The Level Seven Jax Gym Team gymnasts proudly pose with their First-Place Team Trophy. Shown here, first row, left to right, are Madi, Sierra, Lynzie and Briyana. Back row, left to right, are Joshuline, Sabrina, Emma, Caytee and Allison.
Top honors were awarded to the following:
Jacksonville Gymnastics Level Seven First-Place Individual All-Around Winners
Allison Tubbs won Level Seven First-Place Individual All-Around honors.
Madi Spears won Level Seven First-Place Individual All-Around Honors.
Joshuline Gaynor also won Level Seven First-Place Individual All-Around Honors.
The team levels have several weeks to practice and work on bettering their skills before their next competition, which will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 9 - 11th, at the Lake Hamilton Junior High Gymnasium out of Hot Springs. Schedule and details will be posted when received.
Parents, I have tried to update a bit some articles from 2007 - if you are interested.
Making of a Champion and Heart of a Champion
Ten Commandments for Gymnastics Parents
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