Magic gymnasts hit their peak in win over STMA

Karlie Kitzman performs on the Uneven Bars during Monticello’s home conference meet with St. Michael-Albertville. The Magic won the meet, scoring a season-high 134.1 points. (Times staff photo by Clay Sawatzke)

Karlie Kitzman performs on the Uneven Bars during Monticello’s home conference meet with St. Michael-Albertville. The Magic won the meet, scoring a season-high 134.1 points. (Times staff photo by Clay Sawatzke)

According to the age-old saying, practice makes perfect. Well, the Monticello gymnasts started their year with a whole lot of practice time, and while they might not be perfect, they certainly reaped the rewards of that practice in their recent home meet, Thursday against St. Michael-Albertville.
The Magic beat STMA, scoring a season high 134.1 points, and had the two highest all-around finishers in Beth Bursch and Emily Dockendorf.
“That was a four point jump from our last meet,” said Coach Brent Wuollet. “That’s a pretty big jump. I was really happy, not just with the scores but with the performances.”
The Magic, who had just one meet prior to Jan. 11, were led by Beth Bursch – as they always are.
The lone senior competing on varsity finished first on beam and floor, scoring a 9.075 and 9 respectively, to help push her to an all-around score of 34.75 and a first-place finish.
“Everyone was doing really well,” said Bursch. “It was just an exciting time, to do really well and be at home for the first meet, and have a lot of people cheering us on.”
The cheering was well-earned, as this young Magic team has shown significant strides early in the season. The team competes with the lone senior and no juniors at the varsity level, meaning they are counting on a handful of freshman and sophomores to perform well each time out.
One who has stepped up in particular is sophomore Emily Dockendorf, who was just moved to All-Around last week in time to earn the second-place finish against STMA with a score of 32.95.
“She always had the potential,” said Wuollet. “She’s always been a really good gymnast.”
For the team in general, potential is the key word. How far their potential can take them this year, as well as in following years, remains to be seen. But for now, Bursch says aren’t overly concerned.
“We don’t worry too much,” she said. “We just like to have fun.”
For a team this young, and talented, that just may be the key to unlocking all of that potential.

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