Sauk Prairie’s Senior Night was a special one, as it was the first group of Eagles to compete for four years under head coach Justine Anderson.
Prior to a home dual meet against Baraboo on Feb. 9, Anderson told the crowd that, “These seniors are my first group of girls ... they started at the bottom and we have come so far, farther then I ever hoped for.”
It was also a special night of competition, as Sauk Prairie recorded a 126.175-123.4 win over Baraboo, coming within half a point of breaking the school-record team score that was set in 1995.
“The meet was a real eye-opener for the girls,” Sauk Prairie assistant coach Ericka Pape said. “It is one thing to know what you are capable of and another to put everything you have out there and see it all come together. These girls have worked hard and brought new skills and new confidence to every meet, this score and victory are exactly what we need to take forward and finish the season out strong.”
The Thunderbirds had the all-around champion and won at least a share of every individual event, but the Eagles got it done with depth.
Sauk Prairie earned a share of two individual titles. Madison Marshall used a personal-best score of 8.25 to tie Baraboo’s Bella Vedro for first on the vault. On the balance beam, Sauk Prairie’s Lexie Fallow and Baraboo’s Mia Burkhalter shared first place with a 7.95.
Audrey Pape led the Eagles in the all-around, finishing second overall with a 31.7. Pape and Fallow tied for second on the uneven bars, as each gymnast put together a personal-record score of 7.6.
Pape also tied for second on the floor exercise with a personal-best score of 8.4, while taking third on the balance beam (7.9).
Fallow (31.675) and Cynthia Flores (31.6) finished third and fifth, respectively, in the all-around.
Lisa Steger Memorial Invitational
The Eagles took eighth out of 11 teams at the Lisa Steger Memorial Invitational in Platteville on Saturday.
Sauk Prairie finished with a team score of 124.250, while Mount Horeb won the team title with a 139.7.
Fallow provided the highlight for the Eagles, recording Sauk Prairie’s first 8.0 on the uneven bars since 1990.
Pape added a personal record on the uneven bars (7.625) and the floor exercise (8.4), while Kailey Raschka set a personal record on the balance beam (7.8).
The invitational was Sauk Prairie’s final event prior to Saturday’s Badger Conference meet in Reedsburg on Saturday.
“The girls are looking forward to the last two meets to use everything they have learned through the season,” Pape said.
SAUK PRAIRIE 126.175, BARABOO 123.4
Vaulting: Vedro, B, and Marshall, SP, 8.25. Uneven bars: Reuter, B, 7.95. Balance beam: Fallow, SP, and Burkhalter, B, 7.95. Floor exercise: Vedro, B, 8.75. All-around: Reuter, B, 32.45. At Sauk Prairie.