Bullhawk gymnasts are off to good start

Port returns group of veterans and new talent

PORT WASHINGTON SENIOR Julia Greisch competed on vault at a Dec. 21 gymnastics meet. Photo by Sam Arendt
Ozaukee Press staff

The Grafton/Cedarburg gymnastics team returns a few members from last year’s squad that took sixth place in Division 1 at state.

Seniors Mia Ketelhohn and Paige Arnold are captains this year, and Cayleigh Mentzer returns for her senior season.

“Mia has come back to the sport stronger than ever. She has a passion for the sport of gymnastics that motivates the entire team to do their best,” coach Siri Bartlein said.

“Caleigh is also standing out in her senior year, making adjustments and improvements everyday to be the best gymnast she can be.”

Jaidyn Marshall is the team’s manager since she needs knee surgery in summer, coach Siri Bartlein said.

New team members include Hailey Krueger, Arianna Dawley, Sophie Bollech, Laurelei Zautner and Sami Gleed.

The Bullhawks scored 133.425 points and took fifth at a West Bend West invite on Saturday. Hartford won with 137.475.

Ketelhohn won beam with a 9.15 and tied for first on floor with a 9.275. She got sixth in the all-around with 34.3 points.

The Bullhawks topped Port Washington on the road on Dec. 19, 132.325 to 113.3.

Ketelhohn won the all-around with 33.825 points. Zautner was second with 32.55.

Ketelhohn won floor with a 9.075 and tied with Zautner to win vault with an 8.9.

Zautner won bars with an 8.225. Arnold won beam with an 8.625.

The Bullhawks on Dec. 12 lost to Nicolet, 132.8 to 129.8. Ketelhohn won floor with a 9.0.

The Bullhawks won a nine-team meet on Dec. 1 at West Bend East with 131.275 points.

Zautner won uneven bars with an 8.35,  and beam with an 8.95 and was third in the all-around with 33.7 points. Ketelhohn won vault with a 9.0.

They were to compete at West Bend East on Tuesday and at West on Jan. 30.

Pirates look for first conference victory

Port Washington returns one senior, Julia Greisch, who is again competing on vault, beam and floor.

McKenzie Rick, Caitlin Hassler and Julia Burke help make up the team’s core with young talent around them, coach Gale Sigler said.

Against the Bullhawks on Dec. 19, Sigler said, the Pirates struggled with falls but skill improvements were made.

Greisch scored a 7.95 on vault. Hassler had a 7.85 on floor and a 7.575 on beam.

At talented Whitefish Bay on Dec. 11, the Pirates lost, 138.3 to 116.125.

Greisch scored a 7.8 on vault, 7.6 on beam and 8.0 on floor. Hassler led with a 7.3 on bars.

The Pirates opened the season Dec. 5 with a 134.35 to 116.7 loss to Nicolet.

Rick scored a 7.8 on vault and on bars. Hassler had a 7.85 on beam and Greisch a 7.55 on floor.

Sigler said she hoped the girls would incorporate new skills into their routines over holiday break.

“We have girls capable of scoring 8.0 or better on all events so we simply have to match up the right combination of skills for each of them and put them in the best position for the score,” she said.

Port was to compete at West Bend West on Wednesday and at an invite at Valders on Saturday, Jan. 19.



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