Gymnastics: LeBlanc wins three events, all-around against Apollo

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Little Falls sophomore Rachelle LeBlanc eyes her landing spot on beam during Thursday’s meet against St. Cloud Apollo. LeBlanc took third on beam, helping her win the all-around.

The Little Falls gymnastics team went up against a stellar opponent in St. Cloud Apollo, Thursday.

The Flyers lost the meet 139.8-131.675, but notched their highest score of the season.

Leading the way for Little Falls was once again sophomore Rachelle LeBlanc.

LeBlanc posted a career-best all-around score of 37.15 to win the meet, taking first place on vault (9.3), bars (9.3) and floor exercise (9.55) and third on beam (9.0).

Junior Amanda Hanson followed LeBlanc with a fifth-place performance in the all-around (31.225).

Hanson’s top finish came on bars with a score of 7.7, where she placed fifth.

She also tied with junior teammate Carly Atkinson for sixth place on vault (8.4) and finished in sixth on floor (8.45).

Atkinson added a fourth-place effort on beam (8.75) and placed eighth on bars (7.25).

Senior Staci Stein took seventh (7.425) and eighth grader Sarah Stout came in eighth on bars (7.1) and senior Megan Peterson earned eighth on floor (7.8).

St. Cloud Apollo 139.8, Little Falls 131.675

Vault—1. Rachelle LeBlanc, 9.3; T6. Carly Atkinson, 8.4; T6. Amanda Hanson, 8.4; 9. Taylor Axel, 8.25; 10. Sarah Stout, 8.0.

Bars—1. Rachelle LeBlanc, 9.3; 5. Amanda Hanson, 7.7; 8. Carly Atkinson, 7.25; 9. Megan Peterson, 6.3; 10. Stephanie Cluever, 5.825.

Little Falls junior Carly Atkinson balances on the beam during her routine, Thursday, as co-head coach Shelley LeBlanc looks on. Atkinson placed fourth in the event with a score of 8.75.

Beam—1. Grell (Apollo), 9.35; 3. Rachelle LeBlanc, 9.0; 4. Carly Atkinson, 8.75; 7. Staci Stein, 8.05; 8. Sarah Stout, 7.425; 10. Amanda Hanson, 6.675.

Floor—1. Rachelle LeBlanc, 9.55; 6. Amanda Hanson, 8.45; 8. Megan Peterson, 7.8; 9. Taylor Axel, 7.75; 10. Sarah Stout, 7.4.

All-around—1. Rachelle LeBlanc, 37.15; 5. Amanda Hanson, 31.225.