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March 7, 2014

No. 5-ranked Logan gymnasts gear up for tournament

No. 5-ranked Logan gymnasts gear up for tournament

While Logansport’s girls basketball team just completed an exciting run to the semistate, the Berries also have a highly ranked gymnastics squad that is gearing up for a tournament run of its own.

The Logansport gymnastics team enters Saturday’s sectional ranked No. 5 in the state. The sectional gets underway at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lafayette Jeff.

While this year’s sectional will have more teams in the field than it did a year ago, the defending champion Berries still enter as the big favorite.

“We’ve seen every team that will be there and looking at scores we do have a significant jump over a lot of them,” Logan coach Dannan Mordenti said. “It’s our practice for next week’s regional because we did change regionals.”

The top three teams will advance to next week’s Valparaiso Regional which promises to have a loaded field.

The Berries placed sixth at last year’s state finals and have their top two gymnasts back for their sophomore seasons, Kelley Platt and Emily Pomasl.

Platt enters the sectional tied with Portage senior Danielle Solis for having the highest all-around score in the state this season at 38.25.

Pomasl’s top all-around score of 37.7 is the sixth highest recorded in the state this season.

“Emily and I both have some new skills so we have our difficulty higher than last year,” Platt said. “We have some girls that are helping pump up our scores. We just have to keep it consistent.”

The Berries posted a school-record 110.9 on Feb. 15 at the Logansport Invitational. That score stands as the third highest score in the state this season.

“It was a really big accomplishment for our team,” Pomasl said. “We’ve had some girls step up this year so that’s helped a lot.

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