North Stafford ended Courtland's four-year reign as Northwestern Region champion with its first ever victory in the regional meet within the state meet with 105.5 points. Park View recorded its highest team score ever and won its eighth Region II title in the last 10 years.
Northwestern Region: North Stafford took the title from defending champion Courtland, defeating the Spotsylvania school, 105.5-104.65, last weekend at Stonewall Jackson, but failed to qualify an all-around gymnast for the state meet.
The top three all-around and top six finishers in each event advance to state competition and will compete for individual titles. The North Stafford and Courtland teams advance and compete for team titles. Performers who did not qualify for individual competition can contribute towards the team championships but cannot win individual titles. The state meet is Friday and Saturday at Frank Cox High School in Virginia Beach.
It was the first time Courtland was defeated in a regional meet since 1983. North Stafford's Commonwealth District Meet victory was also the first district loss for the Cougars since 1983.
Cave Spring was third with 104.4, but only the top two teams qualify for the state meet. Cave Spring's Christie Epperly and Heather Lange were first and second respectively in the all-around competition. Epperly was first on the floor, vault and beam and third on the uneven bars. Lange, last year's regional champion, was second on the bars and beam, third on the floor and fourth on the vault. Angie Sullivan of Stafford was third in the all-around with a second place vault, fourth place bars and fifth place vault performances.
North Stafford's top three gymnasts were favorites in individual competition but did not qualify for the state all-around competition. Mindy Berg, a sophomore who surprised the Northern Region with big victories in invitationals during the season, placed sixth with 34.5 points and will compete in the vault in this week's meet. The Wolverines' freshmen Teri Fleming annd Tanya Deane were fourth and fifth respectively in the all-around.
Fleming was fourth on the balance beam and floor and fifth on the bars to qualify for the state meet in those events. Deane, the Commonwealth District champion last week, was second on the floor, third on the beam and fifth on the vault, qualifying for the state meet in those events. Courtland's Nancy McLain won the bars.
Region II: Kathleen Dugger has coached high school gymnastics for 18 years, first at Broad Run High School and, for the past ten years, at Park View. The Region II Meet was the stage for the highest team score for any of Dugger's teams. Park View scored 104 points.
Park View sophomore Kristi McDonald (see profile) won the all-around title and teammate Leah Terrell was second. The top two all-around performers and the top four in each event advance to the Virginia AA state meet tomorrow and Saturday at Frank Cox High School in Virginia Beach.
McDonald was first on the bar and beam, second on the floor and fourth on the vault for a score of 35.2. Terrell scored 34.3 points with a second place vault, third place routines on the floor, bars and beam.
Rachel Krowlikowski of Broad Run won the vault while Park View's Theresa Cummings won the floor with a 9.2 and placed second on the balance team with 8.5.