New coach leads gymnastics team in strong start

Brad Hubly, Staff Reporter

Girls gymnastics started a new season, and the new coach has a very positive outlook for this year. Senior Angel Skuse, Junior Anna Bonder, and Senior Katie Oswald came back to provide leadership to the young freshmen: Jill Valentine, Anna Sprenger and Jessica Hadler, who are up on varsity providing the team with something “great,” coach Amy Burke said.

She said what she brings to the table as a coach is “the team could really benefit from my energetic, motivated attitude.” She is a very encouraging coach and pushes her team to use 100% of the gym time they have to better not just themselves, but the team too. She said that she has felt nothing but supported from her players, the parents and the school. She has some high goals for her team this year, and she knows that they will work hard and achieve those goals and by doing that they will set a standard for the team for years to come.

Girls gymnastics is off to a hot start at the first meet of the year on December 2, the team already met some of their season goals that the team made in pre-season. For example, they wanted to beat their previous high score from last year, and at the first meet of the season they beat that by 10 points.

At the December 2 meet, they put up 131.2 points. Burke said that it is “ an exceptional place to start the year.” The team was then looking to build off the December 2 competition at the Rolling Meadows invite against 16 other teams from around the area. They did an outstanding job and improved their place as a team by four spots, with three girls placing in the top 10. Bonder earned 8th place on vault, Skuse earned 4th place on the beam, and Valentine got 4th on floor.