After sweeping the top two spots in the recent gymnastics district competition, L.D. Bell and Trinity are hoping for more of the same as they square off again in regionals April 12-13 at Trinity High School.
The Bell girls won district, with Trinity second. Trinity took the boys title and Bell was second.
Lady Trojans coach Rebecca Shaw is hoping to see those roles reversed at regionals.
“We didn’t have the meet I was expecting,” she said. “We were about three points below where I wanted to be.
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“We are tweaking some routines to see if we can clean up the skills and make them more confident. I am still expecting great things from this team. Still expecting to be in the top two at regionals, hoping the meet at our home will give us a little bit of an edge.”
The top three teams, top 10 individuals in each event and top eight all-around finishers will advance to the 50th annual Texas High School Gymnastics Championships April 29-30 at Chisholm Trail High School in Fort Worth.
Bell’s girls posted an all-around team score of 230.225 to win district over Trinity’s 221.825.
The Trinity boys scored 311.600 to runner-up Bell’s 289.100.
Surprisingly, neither Bell or Trinity had the top all-around individual. Trinity’s Donovan Yancy was second with teammate Christian third among the boys, while Bell’s Kyleigh Prather, Amanda White and Alexis Martin were 2-3-4 among the girls.
Bell’s top all-around boy was Xavier Pineda, who was ninth. Trinity’s top all-around girl was Rebecca Stricklin, sixth, followed by Holly Jarzynka, Jennifer Wei and Hailey Jarzynka.
Arlington Martin’s Kylee McGuire took the girls all-around title, while Birdville’s Austin Torres won the boys.
Also at district, Martin won the bars with Prather second. Martin also won on the floor, with White second. White and Prather were second and third on the vault and beam, with teammates Kaitlin Hornsby and Miranda Hoyt fourth and fifth on the beam.
“District and regionals are always a challenge, particularly since we have a two-day format and it is difficult for the gymnasts to sometimes compete two days in a row,” said Bell girls coach Debbie Williams, whose team appears to be peaking at the right time.
But then, peaking at the right time is something the Lady Raiders have done plenty of over the years. They are seeking a 20th state championship and are ranked No. 1 in the state by the Texas High School Gymnastics Coaches Association.
Bell’s Mikko Macapagal won the pommel horse at district, and Head took first in the high bar, followed by Yancy. Head and Christian Brummett were third and fourth on the floor, Yancy and Head were second and on the parallel bars, Yancy was second on rings, and Bell’s Dylan Tice was third in the vault, followed by Brummett and Yancy.
“This season has been a roller coaster ride but we are getting stronger and healthier here at the end,” Trinity boys coach Travis Coulbourn said. “Our region has quite a few teams fighting for those spots to state. We are going to have to be on top of our game.