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Steady Schiele: Senior leads Blue Jays to dual win

Blue Jay coach Dave Tews looks on as Courtney Mack performs on vault during Tuesday's dual with Aberdeen at Jamestown Gymnastics Club. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
Jamestown's Alexis Triebenbach performs on the balance beam Tuesday. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

Hannah Schiele has embraced the part of role model this season for Blue Jay gymnastics.

The senior was seen encouraging on her younger counterparts Tuesday at Jamestown Gymnastics Club, including her freshman sister Rachel Schiele—the defending state balance beam champion—and up-and-coming eighth-grader Haley Nelson.

"They're just amazing," Hannah said. "And, the little kids. They just melt my heart. I love working with them and encouraging them."

Schiele continued her steady run as the team's leading points scoring. She won the vault (8.9), beam (9.05) and tied Nelson for the top spot in floor exercise (9.450), helping the Blue Jays defeat Aberdeen in a dual 139.6 to 130.65.

Schiele's winning all-around score of 35.55 tied her best score of the season after three competitions. Schiele is getting back into gymnastics form after helping lead Blue Jay volleyball one victory shy of a state championship last month in Fargo.

"It helped me taking on that big role as captain, and now captain for gymnastics," said Schiele, who has committed to play volleyball at University of Jamestown. "It's so different. Usually I've had kids above me who have been such good role models."

Tuesday's first home meet of the season felt a tad under par to veteran Blue Jay coach Dave Tews, which was evident in the team score. Jamestown performed a tick under Friday's 139.725 set at the Dickinson Invite.

"The whole meet just felt down a little bit today, but our fourth scores seemed to pull us through on a lot of things," Tews said. "That's where the extra points come from, and I'm very pleased with that score.

"Hannah had another great meet. She's kinda steady that way this year."

Nelson finished third in the all-around (35.35) after winning the bars (9.0), tying Rachel Schiele for second on vault (8.7) and coming in sixth on beam (8.2). Rachel Schiele tallied third in the all-around (33.85), taking third on bars (8.250), sixth on floor (8.8) and eighth on beam (8.1).

Blue Jay senior Alexis Triebenbach placed second on both the beam (8.85) and bars (8.4). Freshman Makenna O'Neal came in fourth in the all-around, placing third on beam (8.7), fifth on bars (7.9), tying for fifth on vault (8.5) and tying for eighth on the floor (8.2).

Tews said he's looking for many scores to take the next step in the coming weeks. Jamestown competes Friday at the Fargo Invitational.

"Hopefully it'll start clicking here pretty quick and they'll put it all together," Tews said. "We have the potential to be 143, maybe 144, and it wouldn't take a lot.

"We haven't felt really great about the last two meets and we've been right there."

Jamestown 139.600, Aberdeen (S.D.) 130.650

Blue Jay results

All-Around: 1. Hannah Schiele 35.55; 2. Haley Nelson 35.35; 3. Rachel Schiele 33.85; 4. Makenna O'Neal 33.3; 10. Kaelyn Nygaard, 30.35; 13. Abby Kallenbach 28.8.

Floor: 1. (tie) H. Schiele 9.45; Nelson 9.45; 6. R. Schiele 8.8; 8. (tie) O'Neal 8.2; Nygaard 8.2; 11. (tie) Kallenbach 8.1.

Beam: 1. H. Schiele 9.05; 2. Alexis Triebenbach 8.85; 3. O'Neal 8.7; 4. Courtney Mack 8.5; 6. Nelson 8.2; 8. R. Schiele 8.1; 12. Nygaard 7.15; 16. Kallenbach 5.7.

Bars: 1. Nelson 9.0; 2. Triebenbach 8.4; 3. R. Schiele 8.25; 4. H. Schiele 8.15; 5. O'Neal 7.9; 7. (tie) Nygaard 7.1; 11. Kallenbach 6.9; 12. (tie) Mack 6.8.

Vault: 1. H. Schiele 8.9; 2. (tie) Nelson 8.7; R. Schiele 8.7; 5. (tie) O'Neal 8.5; 11. Kallenbach 8.1; 12. Mack 8.0; 13 (tie) Nygaard 7.9.

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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