Almanac

Sports - May 29, 2013

Locals compete at state championships

Noah Kim of Menlo Park Gymnastics won first place on vault at the state boys gymnastics championship (level 4 and 5), held March 10 in San Luis Obispo.

Ezekiel Eason took third place in the all-around, Yannis Hoermann placed fourth on the high bar, and Rowan Irvine placed seventh on vault. In the first year of the team's competing, these scores led the team to a third-place finish in its division. Also competing was Nathan Westfield as a level 5 gymnast.

Menlo Sparks girls

The Menlo Sparks girls team competed in the Nor-Cal spring state championships, held April 13 in Rancho Cordova.

Dominating the junior division was Sophia Simon, who won the all-around title. She also took first on bars, second on floor, and third on vault.

Teammate Corrine Dekshenieks was impressive in the youngest division with fourth on beam, sixth on vault, and sixth all-around. In level four senior division, Hannah Shaw claimed third on vault.

In level five, Lauren Brillhart placed eighth on beam and Maddy Shapiro placed second on vault. Chelsea Wilson placed fifth on vault.

Pearce Wagner, Matt Methner and Cameron Matzke coach the boys' team. The girls' team is coached by Savina Krakowski, assisted by Amelia Cunningham, Nicole Hyde and Cameron Matzke.

The teams train at the Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center in Menlo Park.

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