The Caledonia/Spring Grove/Houston gymnastics team saw their season come to an end in the Section 1A meet on Saturday, Feb. 17, in Rochester. While the team finished last in the team standings, the Warriors did finish the season on a high note, finally breaking the 100-point mark (101.85), a goal they’d set at the beginning of the season.

While the Warriors were winless in dual-meet competition, the team graduates just one senior and gained a lot of experience to build on next winter. Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa finished first in the team standings to win the Section 1A title with a score of 144.825.


Rachel Welsh led Warrior scoring in three of the four events and had an all-around score of 28.1, followed by Brianna Johnson (24.625), Maddie Wieser (23.35) and Kylie Staggemeyer (23.3)

Vault 30.55

Staggemeyer 7.9, Johnson 7.85, Welsh 7.45, Kourtney Olson 7.35, Wieser 7.25

“Kylie Staggemeyer started us off strong with two powerful half-on, half off,” said head coach Jess Wiese. “Kylie had amazing speed coming down the runway and was able to hit the springboard hard, driving her heels over the top. While on the vault, Kylie was light on the hands and blocked through the shoulders, propelling her away from the apparatus. By keeping the desired position in each completed half, Kylie scored big for the on vault. Coach Helen Olson has been working hard with Kylie to solidify this new vault and make it seem effortless.”

Bars 18.75

Welsh 7.0, Johnson 4.0, Ayshia Gay 4.0, Staggemeyer 3.75, Wieser 3.15

“Rachel Welsh was our top scorer on bars with a 7.0,” Wiese said. “The routine was fluid and tight. Rachel is always wanting more from herself. In the practices leading up to sections, Rachel was working hard with Coach Nancy Welsh to squeeze out every possible point she could from her set.”

“Ayshia Gay was a little dynamo on bars,” said Wiese, “toughing it out with a massive rip on her hand she got during the practice right before the meet. “While in competition, Ayshia refused to give up on her glide kip, muscling a pull-over in order to save her routine from a fall. Throughout the practices leading up to sections, Coach Nancy Welsh has been focusing on kips, squat-ons, long hang kips, and flyaways for Ayshia’s bar routine.”

Beam 23.325

Welsh 6.25, Wieser 5.85, Johnson 5.675, Olson 5.55, Staggemeyer 4.45

"Maddie Wieser is becoming an event specialist on beam,” said Wiese. “While she is competing in this event, Maddie moves so effortlessly and has so few wobbles, you would swear she was on a flat surface and not a four-inch balance beam, four feet up in the air.

"Maddie and I have been working on getting her jumps perfected with approach, form, and landing. Along with her beautiful jumps, Maddie is a master at connecting her tumbling series.”

“Kourtney Olson went big on the beam,” Wiese said. “During the practices leading up to sections, Kourtney has been training a round-off on the beam in order to get her flight event requirement as well as focusing on her leg form during her set. Going around the side and not straight over the top, Kourtney fought hard for the stick but fell after a great balance check. However, the remainder of her routine was stunning. Kourtney has wonderful poise and great showmanship in this event.”

Floor 29.075

Welsh 7.4, Olson 7.375, Staggemeyer 7.2, Johnson 7.1, Wieser 6.225

“Brianna Johnson tumbled hard and earned a 7.1 on the floor,” said Wiese. “On her first pass, she tumbled a round-off back tuck, back walkover. Between her back tuck and back walkover, Bri managed to stay rooted to the floor in order to keep trunk movement and not break the pass with a step. During the practices leading up to sections, Bri has been working on her dance with Becky Meyer and focusing on making her jumps fully around. She had a great routine.”

Team Scores:

(1) Pine Island/Zumbrota-Mazeppa 144.825, (2) Austin 140.775, (3) Winona/Winona Cotter 136.05, (4) Byron 133.35, (5) Red Wing 130.775, (6)Kasson-Mantorville/Triton 128.1, (7) La Crescent-Hokah 124.0, (8) Stewartville/Chatfield 116.475, (9) C/SG/H 101.85

“Coach Helen Olson, Coach Nancy Welsh, and I are so proud of the girls in everything that they accomplished this season,” Wiese said. “It has been our goal to hit 100.0 as a team, so it’s very poetic for us to hit and surpass it during the last meet of the season.

"We are a young team with eight seventh-graders and only one graduating senior. We have learned numerous new skills on each event and have the drive, desire, and determination to continue to grow and improve. I am excited to see what next winter will bring.”