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Gymnastics 2018-19 Year in Review

By BRAD SALMEN

Sports Editor

The 2018-19 DC gymastics season was an up-and-down affair.

The Chargers entered their second season under head coach Alex Halonen (nee Wente) with high hopes after a 2017-18 campaign that had no senior graduates.

Unfortunately, the team was bitten by the injury bug all season, impeding their team progress and scores.

However, a number of younger gymnasts stepped up to gain valuable varsity experience, which bodes well for future seasons.

The Chargers will graduate two seniors this season, in Marianna Aho and Megan Nelson.

DC will especially have a tough time filling the spot of Nelson, a four-year starter on varsity.

Nelson was the highest all-around finisher at the section tournament, finishing in 12th place. She also finished tops on the team in two individual events.

Nelson and eighth-grader Lauren Abfalter were both named All-Conference for the Wright County Conference.

The team also received the Section 6A Gold Award for the third straight year.

Wente provided the following comments for the 2017-18 season.

Season record: 4-6 in regular season. Placed 7th at sections out of 10.

We were pleased with this finish, as there was a wide spread of points between each place.

Seniors:

• Marianna Aho – will be continuing her education at Gustavus Aldolphus, where she will study to be a nurse. We will miss her free spirit in the gym, and we thank her for her years of commitment to DC Charger Gymnastics.

• Megan Nelson – will be continuing her education at Southwest Minnesota State, where she will study social work, as well as continue her diving career. We are grateful for her time competing as a DC Charger, and will miss her contagious energy!

Highlights this past season:

Overall the team had great depth on each event. The girls all added more difficulty into their routines and also satisfied more routine requirements.

Although our goal of breaking the team record was not accomplished, there was  a lot of improvement made this year in routines and performance. When adding harder skills in routines and fulfilling requirements to earn a higher start value, you also open the door for more deductions.

Letterwinners:

• Marianna Aho

• Megan Nelson

• Madeline Pokornowski

• Lauren Abfalter

• Randi Bayerl

• Kianna Anderson

Award Winners:

• All-Conference: Megan Nelson, Lauren Abfalter

• Section 6A Gold Academic Award (team)

Captains:

• Megan Nelson

• Marianna Aho

Captains Next Season:

• Kianna Anderson

• Randi Bayerl

• Madeline Pokornowski

Looking Ahead to Next Year: Next season we hope to start off strong and come into the gym prepared. We will have the same goal as last year, beating the team record. We are hopeful that injuries will not be as prominent next year as they were this year. We are all  excited for what we can accomplish with out veteran gymnasts  and our first year competitors!

Final thoughts: We are very excited to continue adding difficulty into our routines on all events. We are also very pleased with the participants with DC Tumblers (our community ed program) and hope to continue to grow and make our DC Chargers as competitive  as they can be!

PHOTO GALLERY – Say it ain’t snow! Massive snowfall hits hard last weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, the Herald Journal readership area including Winsted, Lester Prairie, Waverly, Silver Lake, New Germany, Howard Lake, and all points in between, all received somewhere between seven and 10 inches of snow this past weekend, March 9 and 10.  Locals who measured the snow themselves say it may have been even more than that.

The staff at Herald Journal braved the elements to capture some of the scenery around the area during and after the big snow.  Check out the resulting photos in the gallery here:  https://photos.herald-journal.com/Winter-shows-no-mercy-to-entire-HJ-readership-area/i-TCChHxR

If anyone who lives here happened to be out of town last weekend, never fear.  The National Weather Service is forecasting rain and fog beginning Wednesday, which eventually turns to snow later Thursday night.  Keep those shovels handy!

 

WRESTLING: Thin Delano team falls to Tri-City at team sections

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

DELANO — Delano was the No. 3 seed for the Section 2AA team tournament, but limped into the quarterfinal round against Tri-City United with a lineup deteriorated by injuries.

With Ethan Quast (152 pounds), Reier Sjomeling (120) and Carson Tschudi (32-3) all out of the lineup while nursing injuries in preparation for this weekend’s section individual tournament, the Tigers didn’t have enough and fell to Tri-City 41-23 Feb. 16 at the Tiger Activity Center .

Read more about this dual in Friday’s Delano Herald Journal.

CORRECTION –

The Prices listed for the Prairie Archers Dinner Saturday, Feb. 16 were incorrect. They should be the following: Steak and Shrimp Combo $14, Steak (Combo is $4 extra) $12, Pork Chop (Combo is $4 extra) $11, 6 Shrimp (extra shrimp $0.75 each) $10, and Ribeye (Combo is $4 extra) $17. Call in your reservation before 6pm Friday, Feb. 15 to Jim Richardson 320-395-2721, 612-636-7214 or Dodge House 320-395-2877

Wright County Soccer U15 girls give back

The Wright County Soccer U15 team has been busy during this off season. The team recently made and donated tie blankets to Love INC.

The Wright County Soccer team includes players from Delano, Loretto, Rockford, Buffalo, Hanover, and is coached by Kirk Reierson.

Pictured in the team photo are (front row, from left) Lauren Brouwer, Gracie Larson and Madeline Engel; and back row:  Ava Chappuis, Victoria Viteri, Maggie Leipholtz, Sydney Kazin, Kendra Ellis, Maddy Remer, Ava Reierson, Livia Loecken and Amber Peterson. Not pictured are McKenna Allen, Hattie Jackson, Lucy Paul, Grace Panek, Kelly Peterson, Lucy Smith and Emma Wolf. Photo submitted

Pictured in the team photo are (front row, from left) Lauren Brouwer, Gracie Larson and Madeline Engel; and back row: Ava Chappuis, Victoria Viteri, Maggie Leipholtz, Sydney Kazin, Kendra Ellis, Maddy Remer, Ava Reierson, Livia Loecken and Amber Peterson. Not pictured are McKenna Allen, Hattie Jackson, Lucy Paul, Grace Panek, Kelly Peterson, Lucy Smith and Emma Wolf.
Photos submitted

 

 

Players who delivered the blankets (below photo) are Ava Reierson, Lauren Brouwer, Madeline Engel and Manager Britta Reierson.

Players who delivered the blankets (below photo) are Ava Reierson, Lauren Brouwer, Madeline Engel and Manager Britta Reierson.

 

 

 

 

New plastic surgeon joins Hutchinson Health team

Dr. James Kong likes to help patients come up with personalized plans to help them feel and look their best.

Dr. James Kong likes to help patients come up with personalized plans to help them feel and look their best.

Hutchinson Health recently added Dr. James Kong to its team of medical professionals seeking to improve the health and well-being of its members, patients, and community.

Kong is a plastic surgeon with Park Nicollet Health Services, and became connected with Hutchinson Health through its partnership with HealthPartners.

He studied at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, OH, and is board-certified in general surgery, surgical critical care, and plastic surgery.

“I enjoy all aspects of plastic surgery, and find reconstructive surgery particularly challenging and rewarding,” shared Kong. “It brings me joy to help my patients improve their quality of life through competent and compassionate care.”

Some of Kong’s professional interests include breast reconstruction, augmentation, lift, and reduction; gender affirmation top surgery; eyelid surgery; neck and face lifts; cancer reconstruction; and body contouring, such as after significant weight loss.

“I want all of my patients to be well-informed of their surgical and nonsurgical options in order to make the best decisions together to achieve their desired results,” Kong stated.