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March 15, 2014

Logansport falls short of state but Platt, Pomasl advance

VALPARAISO — Logansport’s gymnastics team did not achieve its ultimate goal of advancing to the state finals as a team for the second year in a row, but the Berries did have two individuals who were able to move on.

Sophomore Kelley Platt finished runner-up in the all-around at Friday’s Valparaiso Regional to advance to the state finals, and sophomore Emily Pomasl placed fourth in the balance beam to move on in that event.

The state finals are at 1 p.m. next Saturday at Worthen Arena on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie.

Platt recorded an all-around score of 38.025 to finish second behind Morgan Township sophomore Kylee Maxwell (38.175).

Platt was the regional champion on beam (9.525) and was second on bars (9.575) and third on vault (9.7).

“Coming into this new regional I’m happy with my results,” Platt said. “I had a good meet all-around.”

Pomasl placed fourth on beam with a 9.325 to advance.

The Berries were a defending regional champion and finished sixth at the state finals with a very young group a year ago. But the IHSAA changed the format this year and they were moved up to the Region — the premier area in the state for gymnastics — to a regional that featured four of the top five ranked teams with only the top three finishers getting to advance.

No. 1 Valparaiso won its 11th straight regional championship with a 111.7. No. 3 Portage (108.975) and No. 4 Merrillville (108.9) finished second and third to also advance. No. 5 Logansport placed fourth with a 107.925.

After three rotations the Berries were in third place, .25 behind Merrillville and 1.4 ahead of Portage with Valparaiso well in the lead.

Merrillville recorded a 27.0 on its final event, bars. Portage went ahead of the Berries on floor and posted a huge score of 28.725.

The Berries were the final team to compete on floor on the night. They are normally strong on the event and had a few slip-ups but no falls. They were awarded a 26.275, their lowest score on any event on the night. They had a 27.8 on vault, a 26.8 on bars and a 27.05 on beam.

On floor, Platt had a 9.225, Pomasl had an 8.75 and Alexa Abbott added an 8.3.

Logan coach Dannan Mordenti did not mince her words when talking about the scores on floor.

“We had a great meet and we got gypped on floor,” she said. “There’s nothing we can do about it. They had a wonderful meet. They have nothing to be ashamed of. They came in fighting hard. We knew this is what we had to do to get there and we didn’t get the scores we wanted.”

The Logan coach added she tried to argue the scores but to no avail.

“There are different parts of a scoresheet and they take off on parts you can’t argue. So as a coach you can only argue certain things and when you look at the scoresheets they’re not there to argue,” she said.

Mordenti said she had a similar experience when she was a gymnast in high school of falling short of the state finals on a perceived low score.

“It brings me back and it’s hard for the girls. I remember being in their shoes and you know what, we’ll just be stronger next year,” she said. “I’m proud of my two girls that are going to state.”

The Berries were very emotional following the event as they had a big goal of advancing again as a team but thought the low floor scores were unwarranted.

Pomasl said she was happy to advance on beam but she really wanted to go to state with the rest of her team.

“We went out there and we did our best. There’s nothing more that we could do,” she said. “I really thought we had it. It’s probably the most heartbreaking thing I’ve ever been a part of.”

Pomasl added a 9.2 on bars and a 9.15 on vault. Her all-around score of 36.425 was .55 shy of the sixth and final spot in the state finals.

Also for the Berries, Hannah Brandt had an 8.95 on vault and a 7.325 on bars. Abbott had an 8.2 on beam and an 8.025 on bars. Maddy Rosenberger had an 8.65 on vault. Elizabeth Nies had an 8.0 on floor. Ashlyn Brown had a 7.6 on beam.

“I’m really proud of my team,” Platt said. “The results are not what we expected but we went out there and did our best and we have no regrets.

“I thought we had pretty good performances. I don’t know. It’s just up to the judges and it was disappointing but I’m still proud of my team.

“We went all out. It’s really emotional.”

All of the Berries who competed at the regional will be back next year.

“We’ll be even stronger,” Platt said.

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