Rushville Republican

March 19, 2013

Portage wins state gymnastics title

Aaron Kirchoff
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — After falling to No. 2 Valparaiso in the sectional and regional, No. 1 Portage edged Valparaiso for the state title in gymnastics Saturday in Worthen Arena at Ball State University. Portage finished with a team total 112.600 with Valparaiso finishing with 112.100. Ft. Wayne Bishop Dwenger, the defending state champ, was third with 110.975. Hoosier Heritage Conference’s New Palestine finished seventh with a team total of 1:04.625.

Portage also took home the top individual spot as senior Mackenzie Barcelli won the all-around title with a 38.325 total. She also won the individual floor exercise with a 9.675.

Valparaiso senior Morgan Algozine won the individual title on the vault with 9.875 and on the bars with 9.700 (second straight year). Algozine has six individual championships.

Owen Valley freshman Anna Watkin won the balance beam title with 9.575.

Rushville freshman Kylee Elleman, the first Lady Lion to reach the state finals, competed on the beam and finished 47th with a score of 8.025.

"Kylee was disappointed with the fall, but we were so proud of her performance and her deameanor with other gymnasts during the meet. We can only go up from here," RCHS coach Jenni Philpot noted.

Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222 ext. 114