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Gymnastics: Raptors take seventh at team state

Cassie Kahrer of the East Ridge Raptors works on the balance beam Friday in the team portion of the state gymnastics meet. (Photo by John Molene)1 / 5
The Raptors cheer teammate Cassie Kahrer as she competes in the floor exercise. (Photo by John Molene)2 / 5
Lexie Corcoran of the Raptors is all smiles as she completes her uneven bars routine. (Photo by John Molene)3 / 5
Hannah Walker of East Ridge jumps during her performance on the balance beam Friday in the Class 2A section of the state gymnastics tournament. (Photo by John Molene)4 / 5
East Ridge's Alissa Moline flashes a big smile as she competes in the floor exercise Friday at the state gymnastics meet. (Photo by John Molene)5 / 5

East Ridge's gymnasts saved the best for last Friday as they shined in the floor exercise at the 2017 Class 2A state gymnastics meet at the University of Minnesota's Sports Pavilion.

Led by Lexie Corcoran and Cassie Kahrer, both of whom scored a 9.475, four of five Raptors had scores of nine or better in the event. Alyssa Chandler had a 9.2 and Hannah Walker a 9.125.

East Ridge finished seventh in the Class AA team competition Friday with a score of 143.375, just slightly off their season best score of 143.425 in winning the Class 2A, Section 3 championship last week. The Raptors were third at state last season.

"We had our best bars and our best floor of the season so I can't be angry with the girls," East Ridge head coach Chris Muras said. "We made it to state, and we did what we needed to do.

"I told the girls when you make state, just as long as you're having fun, you're having fun. So just go out there and have fun," Muras added. "We had little hiccups, but overall I think we did amazing."

Lakeville North won the team title with a score of 149.325, followed by defending state champion St. Cloud Tech.

Kahrer, Chandler and Corcoran warmed up for Saturday's individual competition with solid performances across the board. Kahrer will compete in the all-around, Chandler on the balance beam and Corcoran on the floor.

Kahrer had two of the best scores of the night for the Raptors, gaining a 9.4 in the uneven bars and a 9.325 in the vault. Corcoran and Kahrer tied for the top score of the night for East Ridge with their 9.475 on the floor. Walker also had a strong overall night with a 9.3 in the vault, a 9.0 on the beam and a 9.125 on the floor.

East Ridge scored 36.3 on the vault, 34.725 on the bar, 35.075 on the beam and 37.275 on the floor. The Raptors placed seventh in the vault, sixth on the beam and bars and fifth in the floor exercise.

Team Scores

1. Lakeville North, 149.325; 2. St. Cloud Tech, 146.925; 3. Owatonna, 146.475; 4. Cambridge-Isanti, 145.450; 5. Stillwater, 145.075; 6. Maple Grove, 144.875; 7. East Ridge, 143.375; 8, Minnetonka, 141.700

East Ridge Event Scores

Vault — Cassie Kahrer, 9.325. Hannah Walker, 9.3. Lexie Corcoran, 8.9. Alexis Wallen, 8.775. Alissa Moline, 8.675.

Uneven bars — Kahrer, 9.4. Corcoran, 8.775. Walker, 8.3. Moline, 8.250. Alyssa Chandler, 8.2.

Balance beam — Walker, 9.0. Chandler, 9.050. Corcoran, 8.525. Moline, 8.5. Kahrer, 8.050.

Floor — Corcoran, 9.475. Kahrer, 9.475. Chandler, 9.2. Walker, 9.125. Moline, 8.950.

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