Raiders well-equipped for another title run

Of the six gymnasts who helped the Roseville Area High School gymnastics team win the Class AA state championship last season, five are back this year. They will form the backbone of the team that will try to win yet another state title.

Roseville enters the season as the two-time defending state champion and has won six of the past eight titles.

“Our expectations are to bond together as a team and be competitive in the last meets of the season,” said Roseville co-head coach Mark Curley. “Our strength is being a supportive family united by a common interest in gymnastics.”

Among the returning Raiders is senior Carly Wagner, who in addition to contributing to the team title also won the Class AA uneven bars state championship. Junior Isis Muller is back after finishing as the state all-around runner-up. Other returning state competitors are junior Kaylee Strecker and freshmen Kayla Soplata and Jessica Strecker.

“We graduated eight seniors from last year’s team and return 12 gymnasts that have been working hard,” said Curley.

Also back is senior captain Lexy McElmurry.

Newcomers to the team include freshman Olivia Rosenow and sophomore Kayla Storey.

Along with Curley, Roseville is coached by Mike Flatten and Julie Castellano. The trio has nearly 100 years of combined coaching experience.

Roseville opens the season on Thursday with a Suburban East Conference dual meet at East Ridge. The Raiders’ first home meet is Dec. 12 against Woodbury. The main highlight of the home season for Roseville is the 16-team Minnesota Girls Gymnastics Officials Association Invitational on Jan. 4.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com.

2013-14 Roseville Area High School gymnastics schedule

Dec. 5 at East Ridge 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 at St. Cloud Apollo Invitational 12 p.m.
Dec. 12 vs. Woodbury    6:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 at Forest Lake    6:30 p.m.
Dec 19 vs. Mounds View 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 4 MGGOA Invitational 11 a.m.
Jan. 9 vs. Cretin-Derham Hall 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 11 at Lakeville North Invitational 12 p.m.
Jan. 15 at Hastings 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 18 at Park-Cottage Grove Invitational 11 a.m.
Jan. 23 vs. Stillwater 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 30 at White Bear Lake 7 p.m.
Feb. 6 vs. Park-Cottage Grove 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 Section 4AA meet at White Bear Lake HS 11 a.m.

 

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