Gymnastics | State finals notes

LaPorte's Light ends career with fifth-place finish on beam

2012-03-17T20:00:00Z 2012-03-18T00:45:30Z LaPorte's Light ends career with fifth-place finish on beamBy Jim Hunsley jim.hunsley@nwi.com, (219) 548-4356 nwitimes.com

MUNCIE | Even though LaPorte's Abaigale Light didn't perform in all-around this season at the state finals, the Slicers senior still felt she ended her prep career on a high note.

Light, who finished second at state last season on beam with a 9.45, placed fifth this time around -- with a better score (9.475).

"There was a little less pressure last year," said Light, who competed in her lone event in the opening rotation. "It was a little nerve-wracking,  but I was able to work through it.

"I think I ended my career on a high note. Now, it's nice to have a chance to relax and watch the rest of the meet."

NEWFOUND RESPECT FOR TUZINSKI: Chesterton sophomore Brandi Tuzinski gained a lot of respect for individual qualifiers at the state finals.

Last year, she competed with her team -- but this time around she was an individual all-around qualifier. Tuzinski placed tied for 11th with Portage's Mackenzie Barcelli (36.5). Her best individual performance was 11th on beam (9.15).

"Being an individual qualifier is a lot tougher," she said. "I have more respect for the girls who do it year in an year out.

"It's also tougher because there's no way to build your score. With a team, you can lead up and gradually get higher scores."

First-year coach Lauren West believes this performance will also help the team next season.

"She'll have two years of state experience, and some of the others only have one," West said. "Going into next year, she's going to want to push the team even harder.

"She's going to try to do what she can to help get the team back down to state."

DOUBLE COVERAGE: For the first time in the meet's history, twins were awarded the Mildred M. Ball Mental Attitude Award. Roncalli's Cassie and Kaitie Schultheis shared the honor.

The duo helped the Rebels finish third as a team (108.6). In all-around, Cassie was fifth (37.325) and her sister was right behind in sixth (37.3).

 

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Which local prep soccer semistate qualifier will most likely reach state?

View Results

Follow your school

Duneland Conference

Chesterton Trojans
News
Crown Point Bulldogs
News
Lake Central Indians
News
LaPorte Slicers
News
Merrillville Pirates
News
Michigan City Wolves
News
Portage Indians
News
Valparaiso Vikings
News

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll Warriors
News
Calumet Warriors
News
Lake Station Eagles
News
Michigan City Marquette Blazers
News
North Newton Spartans
News
River Forest Ingots
News
Wheeler Bearcats
News
Whiting Oilers
News

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark Pioneers
News
Gavit Gladiators
News
Hammond Wildcats
News
Morton Governors
News

Hoosier Conference

Rensselaer Bombers
News

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean 59ers
News
Griffith Panthers
News
Highland Trojans
News
Hobart Brickies
News
Kankakee Valley Kougars
News
Lowell Red Devils
News
Munster Mustangs
News

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace Hornets
News
Roosevelt Panthers
News
West Side Cougars
News

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove Wolves
News
Hanover Central Wildcats
News
Hebron Hawks
News
Kouts Mustangs/Fillies
News
LaCrosse Tigers
News
Morgan Twp. Cherokees
News
South Central Satellites
News
Washington Twp. Senators
News
Westville Blackhawks
News

Independents

Bowman Academy Eagles
News
Calumet Christian
News
Campagna Academy
News
Covenant Christian Knights
News
E.C. Central Cardinals
News
Hammond Baptist Swordsman
News
Luther East Eagles
News

Chicago Catholic League

Mt. Carmel Caravan
News
Seton Academy Sting
News
St. Francis deSales Pioneers
News

Chicago Public League

Washington Minutemen/Minutewomen
News

East Suburban Catholic

Marian Catholic Spartans
News

Metro Suburban

Illiana Christian Vikings
News

River Valley Conference

Beecher Bobcats/Ladycats
News
Illinios Lutheran Chargers
News

South Suburban Blue

T.F. North Meteors
News
T.F. South Rebels
News

Southland Athletic Conference

Bloom Twp. Blazin' Trojans
News
Crete-Monee Warriors
News

SouthWest Suburban Blue

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
News

SouthWest Suburban Red

Thornridge Falcons
News
Thornton Wildcats
News
Thornwood Thunderbirds
News

Latest Local Offers

Featured Businesses