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Schiele scores big on beam

Jamestown's Rachel Schiele performs Friday on the balance beam at Jamestown Gymnastics Club. John M. Steiner / The Sun

The defending state balance beam champion had both judges in agreement Friday during the annual KC Invite at Jamestown Gymnastics Club.

Jamestown High School freshman Rachel Schiele dazzled during her best event, setting what Blue Jay gymnastics coach Dave Tews believes will probably be the top beam score in the state this season. The paddle read 9.7 shortly after Schiele's routine.

"We had two judges tonight, and the judge we brought in was the top judge in the state last year for beam," Tews said. "It's pretty unusual when both judges match up on score—especially on a score like that—and when both came up with 9.7 I was surprised.

"Rachel really put it together tonight."

Schiele beat Dickinson sophomore standout Ayanna Fossum by three tenths in the event. Fossum went on to capture wins during the floor routine (9.575) and vault (9.55), en route to winning the all-around (37.8).

Schiele placed third in the all-around (36.225), also finishing just behind Bismarck's Julia Red Wing (36.650). Dickinson won the invite with a team score of 144.150, with the Blue Jays coming in second at 139.875.

"These were the top dogs in the state here tonight, and our kids hung in there pretty good," Tews said. "We didn't score in the 140s, like we had been, but our beam and bars were much better tonight."

The Blue Jays' Haley Nelson posted a score of 9.175 to place third on bars, with Schiele finishing close behind in fourth (9.125). Nelson came in fifth in the all-around (35.7), placing fifth on floor (9.025) and seventh on beam (8.725).

Also finding their way into the top ten for the Blue Jays were seniors Hannah Schiele and Alexis Triebenbach. Hannah Schiele capture ninth on vault (8.875) and 10th on beam (8.65), while Triebenbach scored a ninth-place finish on bars (8.525).

The Blue Jays travel to Valley City today to compete in the annual Blue/White Dual with the Hi-Liners.

"We're bringing everyone ... 23 kids and three teams," Tews said. "It's a nice short trip, and a quick trip home."

KC Invite

Team results

1. Dickinson 144.15; 2. Jamestown 139.875; 3. Bismarck 136.875; 4. Bismarck Legacy 132.725; 5. Minot 132.675; 6. Bismarck Century 68.05.

Individual winner and Blue Jay results

All-around: 1. Ayanna Fossum, Dickinson, 37.8; 3. Rachel Schiele 36.225; 5. Haley Nelson 35.7; 11. Hannah Schiele 33.75; 12. Alexis Triebenbach 33.525; 13. Makenna O'Neal 33.45.

Vault: 1. Fossum 9.55; 9. H. Schiele 8.875; 10. R. Schiele 8.850; 11. Triebenbach 8.8; 12 (tie). Abby Kallenbach 8.775; Haley Nelson 8.775; 14. O'Neal 8.7; 15. Kaelyn Nygaard 8.675.

Bars: 1. Julia Red Wing, Bismarck, 9.55; 3. Nelson 9.175; 4. R. Schiele 9.125; 9 (tie). Triebenbach 8.525; 17 (tie). O'Neal 8.075; 22 (tie). H. Schiele 7.875; 25. Nygaard, 7.825; 28. Kallenbach 7.3.

Beam: 1. R. Schiele 9.7; 7. Nelson 8.725; 10. H. Schiele 8.65; 11. O'Neal 8.175; 14 (tie). Triebenbach 8.0; 30. Courtney Mack 6.250.

Floor: 1. Fossum 9.575; 2. Nelson 9.025; 12. R. Schiele 8.55; 14. O'Neal 8.5; 18. H. Schiele 8.350; 20. Brenna Hatch 8.275; 21. Triebenbach 8.2.

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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