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Hamburg gymnasts take third at sectionals

The Hamburg High School girls’ gymnastic team finished their season on Nov. 1, taking third at the Section VI championship meet at Kenmore West High school. The team finished behind Williamsville South and Lancaster and 0.175 points ahead of Frontier, scoring 101.775 to Frontier’s 101.6 and Orchard Park’s 99.825.

Leading a contingent of 17 Hamburg qualifiers were sophomore Samantha Miller and eighth grader Katheryn Dehlinger. In the all-around competition, Miller scored a 34.775 to take eighth place and Dehlinger took 10th, scoring 34.2.

On floor, Miller had a solid routine to score 8.975, good for eighth. Dehlinger had a slight misstep, to score 8.625. Rebecca Knighton, who is new to the team, scored well as did Claire Eichner, and Taylor Thurnherr. The vault is where Miller stuck and scored a personal best 9.225, good for seventh. On the vault, Dehlinger scored scoring 9.075, to take ninth. Thurnherr and Renee Meinhold also added vaults for the team.

On the uneven bars, Miller took 10th with a 8.175 and Dehlinger added a dismount which increased the value of her routine, but she had difficulty landing it. Other highlights on bars included personal bests for Meinhold and Erika Wicher. On the balance beam, Dehlinger stuck her routine, to score a 9.0 and take sixth. Miller had a fall but still scored a respectable 8.4. Thurnherr scored a 8.6 to take ninth. Returning junior Erica Hornstrom gave a nice routine as did seventh graders Samantha Vail, Emily O’Connor and Hannah Fox.

“Having 31 girls on the team can be difficult, but, being able to qualify over half the team to sectionals was very exciting and then being able to take third in the section, was a great way to finish the season,” Hamburg head coach Tim Nyhart said.

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