Nevada County gymnasts vie for state berths
One hundred and five gymnasts from 11 Northern California programs descended upon Grass Valley’s Rising Starz Gymnastics Academy for the Zone 2 Championships Sunday.
The top performers from each class and age group of the boys competition earned a berth in the NorCal State championships in Petaluma March 16-17.
RSA’s boys program director Barry Pruett, who will send 11 athletes to the big dance, gave the event two thumbs up.
“It was a beautiful day so the gym was warm. We had a lot of people show up and it ran smoothly,” he said.
Pruett was also happy to see the Stellar Gymnastics Academy in the house.
“It was really nice to have all of the gymnasts from Grass Valley in the same place. This is the first time we’ve had a meet up here together,” Pruett added.
SGA, which also competes out of Grass Valley, will send five gymnasts to the state championships.
In the Class 7 team competition, Rising Starz took second in the 8+ age group (162.100). Stellar finished fourth with a combined score of 156.050.
In the 6-7 age group, RSA came in fourth with a 151.300. Stellar was close behind in sixth (100.300).
RSA’s Cody Avery, who came into the event with a 5-0 individual record in the Class 7, 6-7 age group, came up 0.2 of a point short of his sixth-straight win. Avery qualified for the state championships with a total of 56.250 points. Stellar’s Justin Nix turned in a 51.550 to take tenth and earn a berth in Petaluma.
“He had a bit of an off-day and somebody caught him,” Pruett said of Avery.
RSA’s Cody Haynes (54.350, fourth) and Tommy Callagy (53.150, eighth) made the cut in the Class 7, 8-9 age group. Troy Gomes won the 10-11 age group for RSA (51.150), but didn’t qualify for the state meet.
RSA’s Cameron Lewis (48.60, ninth), Michael Tittle (48.05, 10th), Eric Gillespie (46.10, 12th) and Daniel Herron (42.15, 18th) qualified in the Class 5, 10-11 age group.
In Class 6, RSA’s Chris Carcido (53.80, third), Ben Granholm (52.60, sixth), Blake Smith (51.60, eighth), Zach Quilty (49.40, 10th), along with Stellar’s Rusty Bailey (48.60, 12th) and Chase Osmond (48.60, 12th) will compete in the 6-7 age group championships.
Stellar’s Seth Nix grabbed third in the 10-11 age group with a total score of 51.45. He’ll be joined at state by teammate Addy Gemignani (49.05, seventh).
Kasey Montre rounded out RSA’s contingent with a third place finish (47.50) in the 12+ age group.
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