The Lady Bulldogs gymnastics team concluded their 2019-2020 season with an awards banquet on Thursday, February 27. The varsity team had a 42-28 record and was 16-4 in the Northeast Conference. They achieved the second-highest team score and second-highest average team score in MHS history with 132.525 and 128.171, respectively. They also secured the fourth-highest beam score in school history with a 33.700.
Three seniors were recognized for their dedication and accomplishments. Maddie Gustafson was a letter winner and state competitor beginning in eighth grade. She was named the team’s hardest worker this year and earned the South Dakota High School Activities Association Academic All-State honor. “Maddie’s love for the sport of gymnastics was evident in her dedication and hard work in and out of season,” said Coach Fraasch. “That hard work paid off with multiple personal-best scores this season and a trip to the state meet as an all-around gymnast. Maddie is known for her beautiful dance and her leadership and dedication to the team will be missed next year.”
Lindsey Hartman was a gymnast with the Big Stone Lighting from seventh to ninth grade. She joined the Milbank team as a sophomore. After taking a year off, Lindsey rejoined the team to complete her senior season. Lindsey earned the Most Dedicated award this year. “Lindsey always cheered for all her teammates and worked hard earning personal-best scores,” said Fraasch. “Although those scores did not qualify her for state meet competition, Lindsey did not hesitate to take on the much-needed student manager position and responsibilities during post season to help her team earn their fifth-place finish.”
Tori Hooth has been a member of the team since seventh grade, and a varsity letter winner and state meet competitor since her freshman season. “Tori is known for her power and ability to complete huge jumps and for her rebounding ability,” said Fraasch. “Tori received the Most Improved gymnast award last year and is one of only a few Milbank gymnasts to have full difficulty, full event requirements, and full bonus on floor and beam. Her consistent top scores will be missed next year.”
Freshman Rylie Overby was named the Most Improved gymnasts by her peers. Dani Yamaura and Aubrey Fraasch were presented with the Coaches Awards. Laney Forrette and Rylie Overby were each selected as Rookie of the Year.
Varsity letter winners include: Maddie Gustafson, Tori Hooth, Greta Snaza, Madison Mathews, Dani Yamaura, Laney Forrette, Rylie Overby, and Aubrey Fraasch.
The junior varsity team had a 9-0 record and was 5-0 in the conference. Minor letter winners are: Zoe Theis, Hannah Brown, and Addisyn Krause.
The seventh grade team compiled a season record of 6-0. Receiving a junior high M are: Johana Jimenez, Ava Lovgren, Brooke O’Farrell, Gaby O’Farrell, and Gemma Street.
Additional awards included:
Top Varsity Scores:
Maddie Gustafson – Most Valuable Floor – 110.425
Greta Snaza – Most Valuable Total Points – 411.525, Most Valuable Vault – 113.200, Most Valuable Beam – 96.275, Highest Vault Score – 9.000
Dani Yamaura – Highest All-Around Score – 33.650, Highest Beam Score – 9.100, Highest Floor Score – 9.200
Aubrey Fraasch – Most Valuable Bars – 99.400, Highest Bar Score – 8.200
Awards for Top JV Scores:
Lindsey Hartman – Most All-Around Points – 125.100, Most Bar Points – 28.150
Laney Forrette – Highest All-Around Score – 30.650, Highest Vault Score (Tie) – 8.300, Highest Bar Score – 7.650, Highest Beam Score – 8.250
Rylie Overby – Highest Vault Score (Tie) – 8.300, Highest Floor Score – 7.850
Zoe Theis – Most Beam Points – 30.150
Addisyn Krause – Most Floor Points – 33.650
Awards for Top Eighth Grade Scores:
Aubrey Fraasch – Most Bar Points – 9.700, Highest Bar Score – 9.700
Awards for Top Seventh Grade Scores:
Hannah Brown – Most Bar Points – 16.900, Highest All-Around Score – 36.900, Highest Vault Score – 8.700, Highest Bar Score – 9.400, Highest Beam Score – 9.000
Addisyn Krause – Highest Floor Score – 9.900
Brooke O’Farrell – Most All-Around Points – 70.400, Most Vault Points – 18.300
Gemma Street – Most Beam Points – 20.400, Most Floor Points – 20.600
Photos: Award Winners– Front: Dani Yamaura, Greta Snaza, and Aubrey Fraasch. Back: Tori Hooth, Rylie Overby, Maddie Gustafson, Laney Forrette, and Lindsey Hartman.
Seniors – Maddie Gustafson, Lindsey Hartman, and Tori Hooth.