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2013-14 Winter Preview: Woodbury gymnasts to start new season with new coach

Woodbury senior Rose Peterson returns to the Royals as the team captain this season. (Bulletin file photo)

The Woodbury gymnastics team turns a page this winter.

The Royals usher in a new head coach in Elizabeth Sampson for the 2013-14 season. Sampson was the assistant coach under Julie Dornseif the last two years.

“This season we will be focused on positive mental attitude, and great work ethic,” Sampson said. “We will focused on coming together as a gym family and working together to not only become a stronger gymnast and athlete, but to also become a stronger individual and community member.”

Last year, Woodbury won two conference meets, finished in sixth place in the eight-team section tournament and sent one gymnast to the state meet.

“We had a rough year last year according to wins and losses, but look to build on it as a team,” Sampson said. “With our positive mental attitude, and our great work ethic, it will be a fantastic year.”

Last year, the Royals biggest win came over SEC rival Hastings, Sampson said.

“Our team really came together at this meet and soared with a win,” she said. “This is probably the most memorable win for most of our gymnasts and season as well.”

Woodbury returns senior Rose Peterson to the team this season. Peterson was named team captain.

“We had several strong leaders on our team last year,” Sampson said. “Rose was a great leader showing dedication and leadership. Our team this year is jam packed full of strong leaders. We are looking forward to a positive, fun, and adventurous year.”

Woodbury lost a number of key gymnasts in the offseason, however.

The team graduated two of its top gymnasts in Megan George and Maddy Haut. In addition, the Royals lost teammate Ally Trebesch. She died on Sept. 17, at the age of 13. A seventh grader, Trebesch reached her first state meet in the vault last season.

“Ally Trebesch was a huge asset that will be missing this year,” Sampson said. “She will always be in our hearts.”

Woodbury starts the year with a home meet on Thursday, Dec. 5 against Mounds View.

Top teams in the conference are expected to be perennial powers Roseville and Park. Park and Rosemount should be the teams to beat in the section.

“This year we hope to get more gymnasts to make it to state, and build off of the strong foundation from last year,” Sampson said.

—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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