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Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High gymnasts congratulate senior Mikaela Kessel, middle, after her floor exercise routine during the North Dakota state gymnastics meet on Friday at Bismarck Century High School. The Midgets repeated as state champions.

Twice as nice: Dickinson High edges Minot to repeat as North Dakota state gymnastics champions

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Twice as nice: Dickinson High edges Minot to repeat as North Dakota state gymnastics champions
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BISMARCK — All the Dickinson High gymnastics team needed was a spark.

And the spark didn’t come from the Midgets’ top three all-around performers — sophomores Acacia Fossum, Keana Kudrna and senior Mikaela Kessel. It came from seventh-grader Meghan Ackerman.

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Ackerman, who spent most of the season competing at junior varsity, scored 9.017 on the vault.

“I knew the team was counting on me and I knew I had to do it,” Ackerman said with a smile. “I made it and I was really happy about it. It’s a rush.”

Dickinson used the instant burst of momentum to repeat as state champions during the North Dakota state gymnastics meet on Friday at Bismarck Century High School.

“We had done all the preparing this week in practice and all we could do is our best,” Kessel said as she fought back tears of joy. “I just knew we had to hit and we hit. I couldn’t be happier.”

The Midgets finished with a team score of 146.733 points. Minot, which won the West Region team title, came in runner-up with a score of 145.933. Bismarck Century (141.600) and Bismarck High (140.117) rounded out the top three and four teams, respectively.

For the last eight years, Dickinson and Minot have either finished first and second in the state. After the Midgets’ win on Friday, each team now has four state titles.

“It’s nice to bring that back even over the last eight years,” Dickinson head coach Kent Van Ells said. “This was one of the closer ones. Minot won at WDA, but this was the one that we wanted.”

One Dickinson gymnast, which didn’t have any trouble sticking her landings was Fossum. The sophomore from Richardton finished with the top all-around score of 38.350. She scored at least 9.517 or higher in each event.

Fossum said once she stuck the landing on vault everything else fell into place. She has the highest score on uneven bars at 9.650 and finished runner-up on the vault (9.567) and floor exercise (9.617).

“That vault is so hard for me to make and when I got there I like, ‘You know we could do this today,’” said Fossum, who is the three-time defending state all-around champion. “I just had a really good feeling.”

Though the Midgets were flying high after the first two events, it wouldn’t have been a state meet without a little drama.

Dickinson senior Jenna Mueller, who can count the number of falls on beam during her varsity career on one hand, slipped off at the tail end of her routine. She finished her routine and had to catch her breathe outside.

“My heart sank to my feet,” said Mueller, who scored an 8.350 on beam. “I looked at the beam and I didn’t know what happened. I stuck all of routines in the past week at practice. I was confident. I couldn’t believe it happened.”

However, Fossum closed out the beam with a one of the top three scores. As the Midgets headed to their final event, they were competing alongside Minot.

Dickinson and the Majettes went toe-to-toe on the floor exercise. The Midgets finished three of the top 10 floor exercises. Dickinson received another timely boost from junior Jill Mueller, who finished with a 9.000.

Kudrna ended the meet with the fourth-best score at 37.333 and won the vault (9.583) and fourth on bars (9.350).

With the win, Jenna Mueller and Kessel will hang the 2014 state championship banner at DHS gymnasium. A moment both have been waiting for since they were seventh-graders.

“It’s crazy,” Kessel said. “This has been dream since we were young. We did it last year with a great group of seniors and to be able to do it with her — my best friend — is indescribable.”

Mueller added: “It’s the best thing in the world. We look at that banner hanging up in the DHS gym and we wanted to hang it up ourselves one year. It finally gets to come true.”

The North Dakota state gymnastics meet continues for the individual part at noon today.

Team scores

1. Dickinson 146.733. 2. Minot 145.933. 3. Century 141.600. 4. Bismarck 140.117. 5. Jamestown 136.517. 6. Valley City 136.050. 7. Fargo Davies 133.733. 8. Fargo 127.317.

Individual results

All-around: 1. Acacia Fossum, Dic, 38.350. 2. Jessica Gabriel, Cen, 38.133. 3. Madison Reiter, Min, 37.450. 4. Keana Kudrna, Dic, 37.333. 5. Kaylee Keller, Bis, 37.250. 6. Whitney Perrin, Cen, 36.650. 7. Hannah Werchau, Min, 36.517. 8. Katlin Kelley, Bis, 35.750. 9. Stephanie Huether, Min, 35.683. 10. Jenna Breuer, Min, 35.617. 11. Bethan Crump, VC, 35.567. 12. Blythe Ehrmantraut, Bis, 35.500. 13. Mikaela Kessel, Dic, 35.433. 14. Erin Hillerud, Jam, 35.317. 15. Quincee Simonson, Far, 34.467. 16. Taylor Johnson, VC, 33.833. 17. Eryn Crump, VC, 33.783. 18. Sarah Ashley, Cen, 33.333. 19. Kaelee Werder, Far, 33.033. 20. Anna Suppes, Dav, 33.017. 21. Ashley Gessele, Cen, 32.500. 22. Michael Thibert, VC, 32.400. 23. Kelly Haman, Cen, 32.350. 24. Lexi Brundin, Dav, 32.267. 25. Mikayla Parrett, Dav, 32.250. 26. Carissa Albert, Bis, 31.617. 27. Brienne Roehrich, VC, 31.217. 28. Jada Persons, Far, 30.783. 29. Kendra Roach, Dav, 30.567. 30. Maris Pederson, Far, 29.033.

Vault: 1. Keana Kudrna, Dic, 9.583. 2. Acacia Fossum, Dic, 9.567. 3. (tie) Madison Reiter, Min, and Hannah Werchau, Min, 9.467. 5. Jessica Gabriel, Cen, 9.417. 6. Whitney Perrin, Cen, 9.350. 7. Blythe Ehrmantraut, Bis, 9.317. 8. Katlin Kelley, Bis, 9.200. 9. Mikaela Kessel, Dic, 9.167. 10. Adisynn Widdel, Min, 9.133. 11. Stephanie Huether, Min, 9.100. 12. Bethany Crump, VC, 9.033. 13. Meghan Ackerman, Dic, 9.017. 14. (tie) Kaylee Keller, Bis, and Eryn Crump, VC, 8.950. 16. Erin Hillerud, Jam, 8.917. 17. Quincee Simonson, Far, 8.900. 18. Taylor Johnson, VC, 8.867. 19. Hailey Fix, Min, 8.800. 20. Sarah Ashley, Cen, 8.750. 21. Carissa Albert, Bis, 8.733. 22. (tie) Mikayla Parrett, Dav, and Madison Mandan, Jam, 8.717. 24. (tie) Kim Hansen, Dav, and Jenna Breuer, Min, 8.700. 26. Maggie Ridley, Jam, 8.683. 27. Kendra Roach, Dav, 8.667. 28. Michaela Thibert, VC, 8.633. 29. Alexis Triebenbach, Jam, 8.617. 30. Jenna Rieth, Dav, 8.583.

Bars: 1. Acacia Fossum, Dic, 9.650. 2. Jessica Gabriel, Cen, 9.600. 3. Kaylee Keller, Bis, 9.550. 4. Keana Kudrna, Dic, 9.350. 5. Madison Reiter, Min, 9.217. 6. Jenna Breuer, Min, 8.950. 7. Hannah Werchau, Min, 8.717. 8. Jenna Mueller, Dic, 8.667. 9. Erin Hillerud, Jam, 8.633. 10. Whitney Perrin, Cen, 8.600. 11. Olivia Schoffstall, Min, 8.550. 12. Jill Mueller, Dic, 8.533. 13. Blythe Ehrmantraut, Bis, 8.483. 14. Stephanie Huether, Min, 8.450. 15. (tie) Bethany Crump, VC, and Katlin Kelley, Cen, 8.417. 17. (tie) Kelly Haman, Cen, and Kaiann Arellano, Jam, 8.350. 19. Faith Beck, Dic, 8.333. 20. Alexis Triebenbach, Jam, 8.200. 21. Abbie Conlon, Jam, 8.150. 22. Hannah Schiele, Jam, 8.100. 23. Anna Suppes, Dav, 8.067. 24. Jenna Rieth, Dav, 8.033. 25. Maggie Ridley, Jam, 8.000. 26. Eryn Crump, VC, 7.967. 27. Mikaela Kessel, Dic, 7.950. 28. Quincee Simonson, Far, 7.867. 29. (tie) Lexi Brundin, Dav, and Jada Persons, Far, 7.783.

Beam: 1. (tie) Whitney Perrin, Cen, and Jessica Gabriel, Cen, 9.533. 3. Acacia Fossum, Dic, 9.517. 4. Katlin Kelley, Bis, 9.433. 5. Kaylee Keller, Bis, 9.300. 6. Jenna Breuer, Min, 9.200. 7. Quincee Simonson, Far, 9.150. 8. Kiara Bock, Dav, 9.117. 9. Madison Reiter, Min, 9.083. 10. Keana Kudrna, Dic, 9.033. 11. Stephanie Huether, Min, 9.000. 12. Taylor Johnson, VC, 8.967. 13. (tie) Blythe Ehrmantraut, Bis, and Hannah Werchau, Min, 8.900. 15. Anna Suppes, Dav, 8.883. 16. Bethany Crump, VC, 8.817. 17. Mikaela Kessel, Dic, 8.783. 18. (tie) Savanah Fix, Min, and Kaelee Werder, Far, 8.767. 20. Abbie Conlon, Jam, 8.633. 21. Ashley Gessele, Cen, 8.583. 22. Madison Mandan, Jam, 8.550. 23. Erin Hillerud, Jam, 8.433. 24. Jenna Mueller, Dic, 8.350. 25. Eryn Crump, VC, 8.233. 26. Sarah Ashley, Cen, 8.133. 27. Jill Mueller, Dic, 8.117. 28. Hailey Fix, Min, 8.100. 29. Kailey Alber, Jam, 7.983. 30. Kelly Haman, Cen, 7.850.

Floor: 1. Madison Reiter, 9.683. 2. Acacia Fossum, Dic, 9.617. 3. Jessica Gabriel, Cen, 9.583. 4. Mikaela Kessel, Dic, 9.533. 5. Kaylee Keller, Bis, 9.450. 6. Hannah Werchau, Min, 9.433. 7. Keana Kudrna, Dic, 9.367. 8. Erin Hillerud, Jam, 9.333. 9. Bethany Crump, VC, 9.300. 10. Whitney Perrin, Cen, 9.167. 11. Stephanie Huether, Min, 9.133. 12. Kiara Bock, Dav, 9.050. 13. Jill Mueller, Dic, 9.000. 14. Taylor Johnson, VC, 8.950. 15. Adisynn Widdel, Min, 8.900. 16. Blythe Ehrmantraut, Bis, 8.800. 17. (tie) Hailey Fix, Min, and Jenna Breuer, Min, 8.767. 19. (tie) Katlin Kelley, Bis, and Sarah Ashley, Cen, 8.700. 21. Michaela Thibert, VC, 8.667. 22. Maggie Ridley, Jam, 8.650. 23. Eryn Crump, VC, 8.633. 24. (tie) Quincee Simonson, Far, and Kaelee Werder, Far, 8.550. 26. Hunter Saylor, VC, 8.500. 27. Kim Hansen, Dav, 8.450. 28. Dacia Rambousek, Dic, 8.417. 29. (tie) Mikayla Parrett, Dav, and Hannah Schiele, Jam, 8.367.

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