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Boone Grove gymnast Valerie Strickland was 23rd in all-around (31.75) at last year's sectional.
Boone Grove gymnast Valerie Strickland was fourth in all-around (34.075) at the Vikings Invite on Jan. 12 in Valparaiso.
Gymnast Valerie Strickland is in her second prep season at Boone Grove.
Boone Grove's Valerie Strickland finished 17th in both vault (8.8) and floor (8.825) at last season's sectional.
Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby has discovered the older she gets, the more she understands and appreciated playing the forever young title character in Broadway's "Peter Pan."
Merrillville sophomore gymnast Amy Aponte visualizes her routines perfectly before she performs them. It's a tactic that Merrillville coach Diane Roberts calls "mental choreography."
Merrillville sophomore gymnast Amy Aponte is first in her class academically. Her intelligence helps to make her a better gymnast, said coach Diane Roberts. "We can talk about trajectory, angles, velocity, power, speed and torque on the uneven bars," Roberts said.
Merrillville sophomore gymnast Amy Aponte is a three-sport athlete, also participating in soccer and track, and is first academically in her class.
Merrillville sophomore Amy Aponte was born in Ecuador and moved to Merrillville with her family when she was 4 years old, a year before she started gymnastics.
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