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East Ridge gymnastics: Raptors score season high 142.3 in win over Park

East Ridge sophomore Megan Trollen helped the Raptors beat rival Park 142.3 to 134.425 on Thursday at East Ridge High School. Trollen won the beam with a 9.275. (Bulletin photos by Patrick Johnson)1 / 3
East Ridge sophomore Wren Anderson gets ready for her beam routine against Park. Anderson took first place in the all-around with a 37.275. (Bulletin photo by Patrick Johnson)2 / 3
East Ridge’s Taryn Johnson took third on the beam with an 8.925 in the win. (Bulletin photo by Patrick Johnson)3 / 3

The East Ridge gymnastics team shined in a big spot on Thursday.

In a home meet against rival Park, the two-time defending Section 3AA champion, East Ridge scored a season-high 142.3 to beat the Wolfpack.

Park scored 134.425 in the meet.

“To reach our season high score with school closed for two days was incredible,” said East Ridge head coach Brittany Morris. “There was at least one personal best achieved from every gymnast on the team.” 

The win over Park improved East Ridge’s record to 5-1 on the year. The Raptors’ only loss was by less than a point to defending state champion Roseville in the first meet of the year.

East Ridge was ranked No. 8 in the Class AA standings and Park was 13th as of Jan 6.

“I am amazed at how well these girls work together and how hard they practice,” Morris said. “I am very excited to see what we are capable of for the rest of the season.”

In the win over Park, East Ridge sophomore Wren Anderson overcame an injury to lead the way.

Anderson took first place in the all-around with a 37.275. Her night included first-place finishes in the vault (9.475), on the bars (9.5) and a second-place finish on the beam (9.45).

“Wren gave us a little ankle scare right before her competition on bars, but determined to compete, she went on to achieve her season high score in the event,” Morris said.

Fellow sophomore Megan Trollen finished just behind Anderson in the all-around with a second-place 36.575, including a season-high score of 9.475 to win the floor exercise. Trollen also won the beam (9.275) and took second on the bars (9.225). 

East Ridge sophomores Karina Joiner and Taryn Johnson and seventh-grader Olivia Trebesch were also place-winners in the meet. Joiner earned third place in the vault with a 9.0, Johnson earned third on the beam with an 8.925 and Trebesch took third on the bars with a 9.0. 

For Park, junior Sarah Schank led the way, taking third place in the all-around with a score of 35.25. Schank was second on the vault (9.0) and second on the beam (9.0). Park senior Sarah LaBrosse also placed for the Wolfpack, taking third in the floor exercise with an 8.925.

After the dual with Park, East Ridge went on to claim the championship crown at the Quad Invite hosted by Apple Valley High School on Saturday. 

East Ridge was competing without Anderson, who rested her injured leg, but still won the four-team tourney by two points with a 135.10 to take home the trophy.

For the Raptors, Trollen cinched first place on every event expect for the floor exercise. 

Trollen posted impressive scores of 9.45 in the vault 9.45, 9.1 on the bars, 9.4 on the beam, 9.0 in the floor and 36.95 in the all-around. 

East Ridge took the top three places on vault with Joiner earning second (9.4) and Johnson claiming third (9.15.).

Next, the Raptors look to continue their winning streak on Thursday when they host Cretin-Derham Hall, while Park takes on rival Woodbury at home.

-Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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