The Baraboo gymnastics team traveled to Platteville on Saturday for the Lisa Steger Invitational.

The T-Birds took sixth out of 11 teams, finishing with a season-high team score of 125.475. Mount Horeb won the team title with a 139.7, followed by Dodgeville/Mineral Point (132.525), Southwestern/Cuba City (132.525), Platteville/Belmont/Lancaster (130.975) and Waunakee (130.725). It was an encouraging performance for the T-Birds, who were competing without Jamie Runnels, one of their top gymnasts.

“This is our best showing yet,” Baraboo head coach Tammy Porter said. “Our practice Friday was based around what needs to be done to make up for the loss of Jamie. We have significant areas of weakness without her, but you would have never guessed that after the girls’ performance on Saturday. They were able to pull off a season high, and that was even with a point and a half of falls on floor and a point and a half of falls on beam.”

Baraboo’s highest all-around finish came from Brittany Reuter, who took 10th overall with a season-high score of 33.1. The freshman tied for eighth on the balance beam (8.2), while finishing 10th on the uneven bars (8.025) and tying for 13th on the vault (8.325) and tying for 16th on the floor exercise (8.55).

“Despite Brittany’s fall on floor, she was solid and consistent all day long,” Porter said.

Bella Vedro placed 23rd in the all-around (30.425) after tying for ninth on the vault (8.425) and tying for 26th on the uneven bars (7.3).

Baraboo’s Mia Burkhalter added a 12th-place finish on the balance beam (8.0).

“She is so reliable and continues to improve her score even though she is missing so many requirements,” Porter said. “We already have a plan in motion as we move into our two biggest meets of the season. We are going to keep Mia on and adjust the rest of the beam line up! Mia is the solid beam performance we need to start us off in these pressure situations we are going to find ourselves in.”

Meghan Reuter (8.45) finished 20th in the floor exercise, tied for 20th on the vault (8.175) and took 23rd on the uneven bars (7.45).

“We chose to put Meghan on bars to help out with the loss of Jamie, and she really came through for her team,” Porter said. “We gave her a watered-down bar routine as we are still taking precaution with her previous injury to her elbow. Even though her routine was missing key difficulty and event requirements, she was still able to hit a very respectable bar score.”

Chloe Feld also stepped up, taking 21st on the floor exercise (8.4) and took 39th on the uneven bars (6.15).

“Her showmanship really draws the attention of the spectators,” Porter said. “We know we can rely on her to hit a solid routine and set her teammates up for bigger scores. She does an amazing job leading the way for our floor sets. Chloe also stepped in to cover Jamie’s spot on bars, which is a tough position to be in, especially for Chloe, who is not a big fan of this event. However, you wouldn’t have guessed that Saturday when she posted a season high, setting up the rest of the bar routines to score well.”

The invitational was Baraboo’s final event before the postseason meets, which begin with the Badger North Conference meet in Reedsburg on Saturday.

“We are very excited heading into Badger Conference and sectionals,” Porter said. “Knowing that we can post these kinds of team scores is very exciting. We were able to beat Sauk and Reedsburg, which means if we can continue in the direction we are going then our hopes of team state are still very real. Sectionals is going to be very exciting, and we are going to have to make sure we are mistake free. The girls are motivated, and ready to work hard these next two weeks.”

Girls Hockey

The Badger Lightning closed out the regular season with an 8-1 non-conference loss at the Fox Cities Stars.

The Stars (13-9-2) struck first when Morgan Treml scored 6 minutes, 28 seconds into the first period, then took a 2-0 lead when Madelynn Jablonski scored at the 10:11 mark.

The Lightning (4-18) responded when Paige Pawlak assisted Lizzie Patton for a goal that cut the deficit to 2-1 at the 11:06 mark of the first period.

But Abby Cardew took control from there, scoring two goals within 26 seconds of each other to give the Stars a 4-1 lead 12:42 into the period. Cardew capped off her hat-trick with a goal at the 15:03 mark of the first period, giving the Stars a 5-1 lead entering the second.

The scoring slowed down in the second, with the lone goal coming from Fox Cities’ Lauryn Hull midway through the period. The Stars added two more in the third period, as the Lightning gave up their most goals since an 8-0 loss to the Western Wisconsin Stars on Jan. 14.

Gabby Christensen finished with 28 saves for the Lightning, while Annaliese Mauel had five saves for the Stars.

The Lightning, who finished fifth in the Badger Conference, fell to 4-18 on the season. They are seeded seventh entering the WIAA playoffs, opening regional play at the second-seeded Madison Metro Lynx (13-4-4) on Friday. The Lightning were swept by the Metro Lynx during the regular season, suffering a 4-1 home loss and a 5-0 road loss.





First period: FC – Treml, 6:28. Jablonski (Mork), 10:11. B – Patton (Pawlak), 11:06. FC – Cardew (Jablonski, Kelly), 12:16. Cardew (Jablonski), 12:42. Cardew (Jablonski, Nelson), 15:03 (pp).

Second period: FC – Hull (Treml), 9:08.

Third period: FC – Schauf, 0:18. Sobczak (Hull, Hewitt), 1:57.

Saves: B (Christensen) 28. A (Mauel) FC.

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