State Gymnastics Meet

When: Noon Saturday.

Where: Worthen Arena, Ball State University, Muncie.

Teams participating (state ranking): No. 4 Carroll (Fort Wayne), No. 1 Chesterton, No. 3 Columbus East, No. 5 Columbus North, No. 11 Fort Wayne Dwenger, No. 8 Homestead, No. 9 Portage, No. 16 Seymour, No. 2 Valparaiso.

Defending champion: Valparaiso.

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Favorite: Chesterton. Darkhorse: Valparaiso.

Returning individual champions: Sophie Hunzelman, Chesterton (all-around, bars); Rachel Moneta, Valparaiso (floor); Claire Thompson, Columbus North (beam); Adi Minor, Columbus East (bars).

Local individuals to watch:  CHESTERTON — Jordan Bush (all-around); Sophie Hunzelman (AA); Mia Pak (AA); Lexi Avey (vault); Brittney Troup (bars); Alyssa Donovan (beam). CROWN POINT — Madison Rolle (beam); Kaitlyn Smith (beam); Kaleigh Stack (floor). MERRILLVILLE — Abby Smith (bars). PORTAGE — Michaella Drake (AA); Cassie Prohl (AA); Sydney Ruiz (AA); Emma Garzella (vault, bars, beam); Johnna Vaughan (floor). VALPARAISO — Whitney McKeon (AA); Rachel Moneta (AA); Sabrina Falk (vault); Lizzy Wilson (bars, floor, vault); Jenna Algozine (bars, beam, floor); Megan Wagenblast (beam).

Fast facts: Valparaiso is seeking its 13th overall title and its fourth in five years. ... Valpo has finished in the top two in each of the last 10 state meets. … The Vikings are coming off their highest score of the season at regionals (113.925). … Chesterton has finished fifth and third the last two years and is looking for its fourth title and first since 2002. … The Trojans went undefeated in the regular season, also winning the Duneland Athletic Conference, sectional and regional meets. … Hunzelman was the first freshman to win state all-around since 2005. … A repeat on all-around would make Hunzelman just the second gymnast to win the all-around in her first two years, joining Valpo's Angie Cook (1993 and 1994). … Portage's last state crown came in 2013.

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CJ grew up shadowing his father, Jim, at various prep events and now follows in his footsteps as a sports reporter at The Times. A Purdue University graduate, his allegiances lie with the Boilermakers, Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds.