Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Past

One year, we got a giant Costco-sized jar of maraschino cherries for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Gymnastics State Championships on Saturday

[If you found this, then congratulations.  I was forced to change the address of the blog when I made some changes to my Google account.  Sorry for the trouble!]

SKGP is competing in the Northern California State Championships this weekend.  If you are in the Sacramento area on Saturday, let me know so you can see her in action.  If you can't make it, I'll video the good stuff and post it when I get the chance, and hopefully we'll see something in the newspaper too.  Wish her luck!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

It's not true!

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I like my name like Chrysanthemum.  I like it because I am named after a store. The name of the store is Ethan Allen.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Local gymnasts shine at regular-season finale

GYMNASTICS: Local gymnasts shine at regular-season finale

Louisa Mantilla swept the Level 4 Senior Division at the recent Pumpkin Caper Competition. Teammates Leah Hamilton (right) and Stacy Gaddis (left), who finished second and third on vault and floor exercise, respectively.
Photo by: Special to The Dispatch
USA Sports, with a team comprised of gymnastics from Gilroy and Hollister, closed out the regular fall competition season with a golden performance at the Great Pumpkin Caper hosted by Performance Athletics of San Luis Obispo.

"I'm really proud of the girls," USA Sports coach Melinda Lawrence said. "They are preparing themselves for postseason competitions. They're ready for the big meets."

USA Sports' Level 4 gymnasts captured the team title in the Great Pumpkin Caper while also dominating the individual awards at the team's final meet of the regular season.

In the senior division (10-year-olds-plus), Louisa Mantilla, of Gilroy, had her best meet of the season, winning all four events (vault 9.15; uneven bars 9.2; balance beam 9.05 and floor exercise 9.25), which also gave her the all-around title 36.45.

Teammate Leah Hamilton, of Hollister, finished with triple silvers (bars 8.75; floor 8.30; and all-around 34.15). She also finished third on beam (8.6). Camryn Irao, of Hollister, finished second on vault (8.825) and Stacy Gaddis, of Gilroy, competed in her first meet and placed third on vault (8.70) and floor (8.225).

In the middle age division (8-year-olds) Sloane Pace, of Gilroy won vault (9.15), placed second on bars (9.2), floor (9.125) and all-around (36.30), and third on beam (8.825). Teammate Simone Yamaoka, of Hollister, placed third on floor (8.8).

The youngest division (under 8-years-old), Sonte Stewart, of Gilroy, led the team with a first-place finish on vault (8.975), and a second on bars (8.95), floor (8.825) and all-around (tie 34.95). Ellie Pickford, also of Gilroy, added a first-place finish with a solid beam performance (8.55).

USA Sports' Level 5 team also did well. Courtney Grow, of Hollister, placed second on floor (8.975) and third in the all-around (32.40). Teammates Catharina Ji and Felicia Markfield, both of Hollister, collected third-place finishes. Ji was third on beam (8.675) and floor (8.75) and Markfield won bronze on floor (7.70).

The Level 6 gymnasts also put a scare in the competition with top finishes. Taylor Lawrence, of Hollister, won all four events and the all-around (vault 8.525; bars 9.2; beam 8.325, floor 8.5 and AA 34.55). Hollister teammate Marissa Opray placed second on vault (8.375) and third on bars (6.35), floor (8.175) and all-around (30.025).

The Level 4 gymnasts, Mantilla, Pace, Stewart and Yamaoka, from USA Sports who will go on to the postseason and compete in the NorCal State Championships scheduled for Dec. 4 and 5 in Rancho Cordova. A 34.00 in the all-around in a USA Gymnastics sanctioned meet qualifies a gymnast for the state meet.

The club's Level 5 gymnasts Aubrey Kaho, of Gilroy, and Kylii Anderson and Sara Dike, both of Hollister, will join teammates Grow, Ji, and Markfield at the NorCal Zone Championships later this month. Lawrence, a Level 6 gymnast, also qualified for the NorCal Zone Championships.
To qualify for the Zone Championships a gymnast must score a 31.00 in the all-around. A minimum score and placement at the Zone meet qualifies the Level 5 and 6 gymnasts for the state competition.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Local gymnasts from USA Sports are off to a high-flying start

GYMNASTICS: Local gymnasts from USA Sports are off to a high-flying start
10:00 AM
 By Staff Report

USA Sports gymnast Sloane Pace was a top performer at the 2010 Stars Challenge earlier this month.
Local gymnasts from USA Sports are off to a high-flying start with two solid meet performances recently.
"The girls are performing exceptionally well for it being so early in the season," USA Sports Coach Melinda Lawrence said in a statement. "They've worked hard all summer and it's paying off. We expect them to just continue improving throughout the season and finish with one of our best years ever."

Most recently, USA Sports' Level 4 team finished third (106.550) at the 2010 Stars Challenge in Union City. In the individual all-around competition, Sloane Pace, of Gilroy, and Simone Yamaoka, of Hollister, finished second (35.95) and third (35.30), respectively. Pace also won top floor (9.125) honors and tied for first on vault (9.25). Yamaoka placed second on uneven bars (9.00).

Also in the same meet, Hollister's Catharina Ji placed third on vault (8.60) in Level 5. Taylor Lawrence, also of Hollister, dominated the Level 6 competition by winning the all around (34.90), uneven bars (9.0) and vault (8.875) competitions, and captured second on balance beam (8.875).

A few weeks earlier at the Princess Meet in Visalia, two gymnasts from USA Sports qualified for the Level 4 NorCal State Championships, scheduled for Dec. 4-5 in Rancho Cordova. A minimum all-around score of 34.50 is required to qualify.

In route to earning their state qualifications, Pace won the all-around title (35.875) and uneven bars (8.85). Teammate Louisa Mantilla, of Gilroy, took third in the all-around (34.50), uneven bars (8.60) and floor exercise (8.70).

Other Princess Meet highlights by the Level 4 team included Simone Yamaoka, of Hollister, winning vault (9.75); Gilroy's Ellie Pickford tying for second on vault (9.35) with teammate Sonte Stewart, also of Gilroy. Pickford also took second on floor exercise (8.85).
Level 5 teammates Courtney Grow and Kylii Anderson, both from Hollister, tied for third in the all-around (32.50). Grow also nabbed second on uneven bars (8.45) and Anderson was third on balance beam (8.35).

Finally, Hollister's Marissa Opray dominated the Level 6 competition, winning the all-around and all four events. With a total score of 30.20, Opray recorded top scores in the vault (8.40), uneven bars (6.80), balance beam (6.85) and floor exercise (8.15). Level 5 and 6 gymnasts must qualify for the state competition through the NorCal Zone Championship in November.

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