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March 19, 2014

Berry duo look to be contenders at state meet

Logansport's Platt, Pomasl gear up for state finals

While they would prefer to compete there with their teammates, Logansport’s Kelley Platt and Emily Pomasl can still achieve a lot at Saturday’s state gymnastics meet.

The state finals get underway with opening ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Worthen Arena at Ball State University in Muncie. Competition begins at 1 o’clock.

Platt is a contender for the state title in the all-around. The sophomore finished runner-up to Morgan Township sophomore Kylee Maxwell last Friday at the Valparaiso Regional. Maxwell won with a 38.175 and Platt was runner-up with a 38.025.

Though each of the regionals could have been judged differently, Maxwell and Platt enter the state finals having recorded the highest all-around scores in the state out of the three regionals. Portage senior Danielle Solis, who was third at the Valparaiso Regional with a 37.875, is also one of the top contenders.

Hamilton senior Alex Cool was the Huntington North Regional champion with a 37.875, and Columbus North sophomore Katrina May was the Columbus East Regional champion with a 36.925.

Platt is rock solid in all four events and could be in contention in all of them. A top six finish in each event earns a spot on the podium.

“I just have to stay focused on myself and I’m not going to worry about what everyone else is doing,” she said. “I need to stay focused and just hope for the best.”

Platt finished fourth in the all-around at state last year as a freshman. It was the best-ever finish by a Logansport gymnast at the state finals.

She’s hoping to have an even better showing on Saturday.

“I just feel more prepared than last year,” she said. “I know what to expect from all the judges, I know what other girls have. I just feel real prepared.”

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