Logansport’s gymnastics team will be competing at the most power-packed regional in the state tonight.
The Valparaiso Regional will feature four of the top five ranked teams in the state, including the Berries, and only three teams will advance to the state finals.
Action gets underway at 7 p.m. EST tonight at Valparaiso High School.
“We know we’re competing against the best teams in the state so we’re just trying to practice hard and just keep calm and focused,” Logan sophomore Emily Pomasl said. “We just want to keep focused on what we’re doing and not everyone else and just focus on our team.”
The Berries recorded their first-ever regional title in gymnastics last year at Lafayette Jeff.
But the IHSAA changed the tournament format for this season. There are now less regionals throughout the state — there are just three this year — but three teams now get to advance out of each regional instead of two in the past.
The Berries went on to finish sixth out of eight teams at the state finals a year ago.
The Berries seemingly drew the short end of the stick by being sent up to the Region, which has long been a premiere gymnastics area in the state. But they said they are ready for the challenge.
“I feel pretty confident going into the regional,” said sophomore Kelley Platt, who was a regional all-around champion a year ago before finishing fourth in the all-around at state. “I’m confident about me and also my team. We just have to go out there and just focus on us and not who all is around us. If we do that I think we’ll be happy with our results.”
Logansport enters ranked No. 5 in the state. Valparaiso, a nine-time state champion, is ranked No. 1. Defending state champion Portage is ranked No. 3. Merrillville is ranked No. 4.