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Schiele wins all-around, Jays soar in S.D.

Jamestown High School senior gymnast Hannah Schiele competes on bars last season for the Blue Jays. Jamestown opened competition Thursday in Aberdeen, S.D. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Jamestown High School impressed its longtime gymnastics coach Dave Tews Thursday in South Dakota.

Tews was hoping to see a team score in the mid-130s at the conclusion of the Blue Jays' first evening of competition. But senior Hannah Schiele dominated the all-round, eighth-grader Haley Nelson won or shared the top score in three of the four events, and the Blue Jays tossed a 138.0 on the board at Aberdeen Central High School.

After losing roughly 35 percent of last year's team points due to the graduation of steady performers Maddy Mandan and Maggie Ridley, the Blue Jays' new season is off to a flying start.

"You didn't even have to look at the scores," Tews said. "You could see the good things happening."

Schiele put up an impressive 35.550 in the all-around, winning the beam (9.350) and finishing second on the uneven bars, third in the floor exercise and third on the vault. Schiele was the team's leading scorer from a year ago, and the all-state volleyball player has made a quick transition back to gymnastics.

"We're only about a week-and a-half out of volleyball ... what more can you ask for," Tews said. "Hannah is just totally consistent."

Nelson, who placed fourth in the floor exercise at the state gymnastics meet as a seventh-grader, won the floor (9.600), bars (8.500) and shared the top spot on the vault with freshman teammate McKenna O'Neal (9.000). Nelson took second to Schiele in the all-around (34.350) after finishing tied for eighth on the beam (7.250).

"Haley's beam routine in warmups was unbelievably awesome, and then the meet came," Tews said. "We weren't even going to vault her because she did a vault she's not going to be doing, and then her and McKenna tied for first.

"It came down to just good, solid skills coming through today."

The defending state champion on beam, freshman Rachel Schiele, suffered a minor injury in practice on Wednesday that held her back on Thursday, according to Tews. Rachel Schiele finished fourth on the floor and on bars, fifth on beam and sixth on the vault for a third-place all-around score of 33.400.

Senior, and returning state-qualifier, Alexis Triebenbach finished fourth in the all-around (33.350) after placing second on beam (8.350) and third on the bars. O'Neal also finished third on beam.

"Rachel wasn't her normal self today because of the injury, so there's some more we can pick up," Tews said. "Her floor routine was completely watered down and she still got a 9.000. That just shows the great basic skills she has."

Jamestown will find out where it stacks up to state competition next week. The Blue Jays travel to Dickinson for an invitational on Dec. 8.

"It'll be a good-sized meet; six or eight teams should be there," Tews said. "If we can hover at 138 and keep building on things that would be really, really fun."

Thursday's team scores

1. Jamestown 138.0; Aberdeen 128.6; Warner 31.6.

Individual winners / Blue Jay scores


1. (tie) Haley Nelson, J, 9.000; Makenna O'Neal, J, 9.000. 3. (tie) Hannah Schiele, J, 8.900. 6. (tie) Hannah Schiele, J, 8.800; Courtney Mack, J, 8.800; 11. (tie) Alexis Triebenbach, J, 8.500; Abby Kallenbach, J, 8.500. 13. Kaelyn Nygaard, J, 8.400.


1. Nelson, J, 8.500. 2. H. Schiele, J, 8.050. 3. Triebenbach, J, 7.950. 4. R. Schiele, J, 7.850. 6. O'Neal, J, 7.600. 7. Nygaard, J, 7.300. 9. Kallenbach, J, 7.000. 13. Mack, 6.450.


1. H. Schiele, J, 9.350. 2. Triebenbach, J, 8.350. 3. O'Neal, J, 8.100. 5. R. Schiele, J, 7.750. 8. (tie) Nelson, J, 7.250. 11. Mack, J, 7.150. 13. Kallenbach, J, 7.000. 14. Nygaard, J, 6.650.


1. Nelson, J, 9.600. 3. H. Schiele, J, 9.250. 4. R. Schiele, J, 9.000. 7. Triebenbach, J, 8.550. 11. Nygaard, J, 8.200. 12. O'Neal, J, 7.950. 14. (tie) Mack, J, 7.700.


1. H. Schiele, J, 35.550. 2. Nelson, J, 34.350. 3. R. Schiele, J, 33.400. 4. Triebenbach, J, 33.350. 6. O'Neal, J, 32.650. 10. Nygaard, J, 30.550. 11. Mack, J, 30.100.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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