Conference title back in Jackets’ hands

C-I Gymnasts hold off Becker in tight meet, defeat Magic on ‘Senior Night’

Greg Hunt

Performing up to their No. 2 ranking in Class AA, the Cambridge-Isanti gymnasts defeated Becker 147.925-146.675 Feb. 3. Matched with a 147.7-132.8 win over Monticello Feb. 7, the Bluejackets locked in the Mississippi 8 championship after Big Lake held that title last season.

Senior Anna Solbrack worked the Bars well over the Jackets’ two M-8 wins.

Traveling to Becker, ranked No. 2 in Class A, Nadia Nassif and Emily Vogelpohl got C-I rolling with a pair of 9.45 scores on the Vault. Anna Solbrack (9.35) and Cheri Evenson (9.325) backed them on the Vault. The Jackets stretched their lead against the Bulldogs with nice routines on the Bars, highlighted by a 9.3 from Vogelpohl.

Becker stuck four-of-five routines on the Beam, but the Bluejackets countered with 9.4’s from Evenson, Vogelpohl and Solbrack to maintain their lead. Those numbers were key since the Bulldogs finished strongly on the Floor to cut into the lead. Vogelpohl’s 9.45 and Evenson’s 9.275 on that event were enough for the Jackets to clinch at least a share of the M-8 crown that evening.

Vogelpohl (37.6), Evenson (37.15) and Solbrack (36.975) swept the top three spots in All-Around scoring.

“It was nice for the girls to perform well against tough competition. We have had several invites against top teams, but this was the first time we went one-on-one with such a strong opponent,” said C-I Coach Wendy Rooney. “The girls handled themselves beautifully and performed like champions.”

• Cambridge-Isanti closed out the regular season with the commanding win over Monticello at CIHS Feb. 7. Seniors Vogelpohl, Solbrack, Evenson, Nassif, Jessicah Rooney and Hannah Mueller were honored for their contributions to the program prior to the meet.

Top varsity scores were spread across that group as Nassif won the Vault (9.4), Vogelpohl won the Bars (9.425, above), Evenson placed 1st on the Beam (9.375) and Solbrack had the top Floor mark (9.475) on a tough night for scoring. Rooney added a 9.15 on the Floor, and Mueller competed in all four events for the JV.

“I’m extremely proud of all six of our seniors. Gymnastics is a very demanding sport, both physically and mentally, and they have ton a tremendous job over the years. They are excellent role models for our younger girls,” explained Coach Rooney. “They demonstrate every day what it takes to become top athletes, and we will miss their leadership and their wonderful personalities next year. They have been a very special group to all of us.”

Solbrack slipped past Evenson 37.225-37.2 for the best All-Around score Monday evening.

The Bluejackets are off from competitions until the Feb. 18 Section 7AA Finals at Elk River.

M-8 Gymnastics
Cambridge-Isanti 6-0, 50-5 all (inc. invite standings); Becker 4-1; Big Lake 3-2; Monticello 3-3; St. Michael-Alb. 1-4; Buffalo 1-5; Princeton 0-5.