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Gymnastics: Tigers edge Warriors in CLC classic

ST. CLOUD — Friday’s confrontation between Brainerd and St. Cloud Tech, both ranked in Class 2A and unbeaten in dual meets, lived up to its expectations and ended with the Tigers nudging the Warriors by just .925, 146.65-145.725, in a Central Lakes Conference matchup Friday night that was also the last dual meet of the season for both teams.

Brainerd’s Beth Etterman won the all-around title and was first on vault with a 9.8. She won the floor exercise (9.625) and the uneven parallel bars (9.475).

Tech’s Margaux Schmid won the balance beam and was second behind Etterman in the all-around.

St. Cloud entered the meet ranked fourth in Class 2A and Brainerd is ranked seventh.

“This was one of the most exciting meets I’ve seen for many years,” said Brainerd coach Dave Maras. “There were huge crowds for both sides, just as many people from Brainerd, and the gym was rocking.”

Next up for both teams is the Central Lakes Conference meet, hosted by Brainerd, at 1 p.m. Feb. 8.

“Central Lakes Conference gymnastics is at its highest level ever and if people want to see some good gymnastics, they should come and watch,” said Maras. “Our kids know they have a shot down the road. When it’s that close, a couple of little things can make a difference.”

Tech 146.65, Brainerd 145.725

Vault: 1-Beth Etterman (B) 9.8, 3-Millie Klefsaas (B) 9.35, 4-Jaelyn King 9.25

Uneven parallel bars: 1-Etterman 9.475, 4-Lonie Anderson 9-0

Balance beam: 1-Margaux Schmid (SC) 9.4, 2-Etterman 9.275, 3-Cerney 9.225

Floor exercise: 1-Etterman 9.625, 5-Cerney 9.3

All-around: 1-Etterman 38.275, 2-Schmid (SC) 37.375 4-Cerney 35.875, 5-Klefsaas 35.475

Conference: Brd 6-1. Overall: Brd 7-1. Next: Brainerd hosts Central Lakes Conference meet 1 p.m. Feb. 8.

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