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Jays post best score of season

Going to Wahpeton a day late proved worth it for the Blue Jays.

Pushed back a day by Thursday’s poor weather, the Jamestown High School gymnastics team had it going Friday with its best team score of the season.

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The Blue Jays posted a 137.5 at the six-team meet, good for fourth overall.

“We earned it. It’s not like they gave us anything,” coach Dave Tews said. “Actually pretty happy with the overall team score. It was about like last week spreading scores out a little bit and that’s kind of nice.”

Heavyweights Dickinson (147.975), and Bismarck Century (145.350) took the top two spots. Valley City (138.225) nipped the Jays for third. Bismarck (136.2) and Wahpeton (125.575) rounded out the scoring.

Steady sophomore Erin Hillerud again led the Blue Jays. Her 35.656 was her second-best all around total and eighth-best in the field. It included scores of 9.375 on floor and 9.225 on vault.

“She was good again today,” Tews said.

Kaiann Arellano mixed some new things into her floor routine and it paid off with a career-best 8.875. She totaled a 33.025, good for 16th.

“She made the changes and did what we practiced and was rewarded,” Tews said.

Tews also singled out eighth-grader Hannah Schiele’s 8.65 on floor, where scoring was tough, “but it was that way for everybody, obviously,” Tews said. Schiele’s all around was 33.025.

Jayden Diemert’s 8.675 on beam drew praise from Tews. Also provided solid contributions were Abbie Conlon (32.925), Maggie Ridley (32.575) and eighth-grader Alexis Triebenbach (32.35).

“There were no real down-in-the-dumps places,” Tews said. “Bars hurt us again, but the judging was a little stiffer there, which is OK.”

The scores coming up at the lower end of the lineup helped the team score tick up.

“The fourth score picked up a little bit and that makes a big difference,” Tews said.

The Blue Jays have a busy week ahead with a dual at Valley City on Tuesday before the Julie Ziegler Invite in Bismarck, the toughest meet of the season with limited entries for each team.

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