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Riverside forges boldly ahead

It was a first-place team trophy for Riverside Gymnastic Academy’s Level 3 team, some of whom are shown here in celebration mode at the Bulldog Meet in Portland. Pictured left to right: Ava Krentz, Willow Jenkinson, Saige Brennan, Hope Pipkin, Allise Hull, Aurora Baker, Emily Liberidhs, Elizabeth Rinella, Emma Wolf, Sydney Stanley, Sydney Krentz, Hannah Adams, Mia Byers and Taylor Armstrong.


It was a first-place team trophy for Riverside Gymnastic Academy’s Level 3 team, some of whom are shown here in celebration mode at the Bulldog Meet in Portland. Pictured left to right: Ava Krentz, Willow Jenkinson, Saige Brennan, Hope Pipkin, Allise Hull, Aurora Baker, Emily Liberidhs, Elizabeth Rinella, Emma Wolf, Sydney Stanley, Sydney Krentz, Hannah Adams, Mia Byers and Taylor Armstrong.



Practice makes perfect.

But for Riverside these past two meets, it had help from a little thing called character.

According to the coaching staff, “Character lessons” are a regular part of the team’s training regime.

For the past couple of weeks, the character spotlight has been on courage—and based on the athletes’ performances, the lesson was well-learned.

“They have improved so much!” Coach Audrey Hinatsu exclaimed.

Her words were punctuated by the slew of top placements earned by Riverside at recent meets in Portland and Tigard.

At the Bulldog meet in Portland, the level 4 team took second place, while level 3 dominated with first.

Hailey Birch and Saige Brennan were all-around champions in their respective divisions, Brennan claiming top level 3 scorer in the entire meet.

Armed with courage and spunk, Dylan Vaivoda received the “Bulldog” award for her aggressive bars routine.

Eight-year-old Sydney Stanley shone on bars too. She won level 3 champ of the whole meet with her outstanding score of 9.75.

On vault, four Riverside gymnasts were champs in their age groups. Ava Krentz and Hope Pipkin tied for first in the meet, with whopping scores of 9.75 each.

“They all improved at that meet in one event or another,” Coach Abby Minnick said.

The meet in Tigard saw Riverside on the top of the podium as well.

The team had two all-around wins and nine first place awards in individual events.

The all-around honors went to Abby Beal and Willow Jenkinson, who claimed first in their age divisions.

Jenkinson was top level 3 gymnast at the meet, rising above 89 other competitors.

The team took its place among the best, with level 3 coming in second place and level 4 taking third.

But triumphs for Riverside went beyond placements, medals or even trophies.

When asked what her biggest surprise at the meet was, thirteen-year-old Hallie Haskins replied, “Doing my tuck off the bar by myself.”

And at Portland, she’d overcome another long-time obstacle—performing her back tuck on the floor without her coach standing there for her.

“I am proud of all our team for their courage these past two meets,” Coach Candy Smith said. “Many have done things they were afraid to do, and have learned to push past their fears.”

Riverside Gymnastics is a nonprofit with recreational and competitive programs for boys and girls.

For more information, log on to www.riverside-gym.org or call 541-993-8625 or visit the gym at 2221 River Road, The Dalles.

Riverside Results

Ghostbusters Meet

Tigard, Oregon, October 24, 2015

Level 3

Acasia Vann: vault- 8.4; bars- 6.725; beam- 7.2; floor- 7.45; All Around- 29.775

Allise Hull: vault- 9; bars- 8.625; beam- 8; floor- 8.925, 7th; All Around- 34.55

Aurora Baker: vault- 8.675; bars- 8.8; beam- 8.6, 8th; floor- 7.825; All Around- 33.9

Ava Krentz: vault- 9.4, 5th; bars- 9.2, 5th; beam- 8.8, 5th; floor- 9.325, 1st; All Around- 36.725, 3rd

Bailey Holycross: vault- 8; bars- 6.55; beam- 6.6; floor- 7.75; All Around- 28.9

Brooke Awmiller: vault- 7.95; bars- 7.8; beam- 8.625, 5th; floor- 8.725, 6th; All Around- 33.1

Dylan Vaivoda: vault- 9.425, 4th; bars- 8.95, 6th; beam- 8.35, 9th; floor- 8.775, 9th; All Around- 35.5, 9th

Ellie Rinella: vault- 8.6; bars- 8.225; beam- 7.35; floor- 8.625; All Around- 32.8

Emily Liberidhs: vault- 9.2; bars- 7.925; beam- 7.2; floor- 8.675; All Around- 33

Finley Jenkinson: vault- 8.9; bars- 7.6; beam- 7.225; floor- 8.625, 8th; All Around- 32.35

Gigi Hiser: vault- 9.3, 8th; bars- 8.35; beam- 8.35; floor- 7.975; All Around- 33.95

Hannah Adams: vault- 8.3; bars- 8.425; beam- 8.35; floor- 8.55; All Around- 33.625

Hope Pipkin: vault- 9.625, 1st; bars- 8.85; beam- 8.475; floor- 8.825; All Around- 35.425, 6th

Mia Byers: vault- 8.8; bars- 8.225; beam- 7.75; floor- 8.325; All Around- 33.1

Sahale Pfriem: vault- 9.25; bars- 7.95; beam- 7.3; floor- 8.325; All Around- 32.825

Saige Brennan: vault- 9.45, 3rd; bars- 9.4, 1st; beam- 9.2, 2nd; floor- 9.225, 2nd; All Around- 37.275, 2nd

Sydney Krentz: vault- 8.45; bars- 9, 4th; beam- 9.175, 4th; floor- 9.05, 6th; All Around- 35.675, 8th

Sydney Stanley: vault- 9.125; bars- 8.85; beam- 9.2, 5th; floor- 9.075, 7th; All Around- 36.25, 7th

Taylor Armstrong: vault- 8.675; bars- 7.475; beam- 7.4; floor- 6.85; All Around- 30.4

Victoria Lee-Valkov: vault- 8.875; bars- 9.2, 2nd; beam- 8.45; floor- 8.75; All Around- 35.275

Willow Jenkinson: vault- 9.5, 1st; bars- 9.275, 1st; beam- 9.275, 2nd; floor- 9.675, 1st; All Around- 37.725, 1st

Level 4

Abby Beal: vault- 9.35, 1st; bars- 9.325, 2nd; beam- 9, 7th; floor- 9.15, 5th; All Around- 36.825, 1st

Annika Baumgarten: vault- 8.55; bars-; beam- 8.65; floor- 8.75, 9th

Daisy Morales: vault- 9, 5th; bars- 9.35, 4th; beam- 8.525; floor- 8.9, 6th; All Around- 35.775, 4th

Gabbe Haskins: vault- 8.65, 6th; bars- 8.925, 5th; beam- 8.725, 7th; floor- 9.1, 4th; All Around- 35.4, 3rd

Hailey Birch: vault-; bars- 9.425, 2nd; beam- 9.075, 5th; floor- 9.2, 5th

Marissa Baldy: vault- 8.85, 5th; bars- 8.85, 5th; beam- 9.45, 1st; floor- 8.95, 4th; All Around- 36.1, 3rd

McKailla Tyler: vault- 9.25, 3rd; bars- 9.15, 7th; beam- 7.05; floor- 8.7, 8th; All Around- 34.15, 8th

Level 5

Ashley Quisenberry: vault- 8.4; bars- 8.525, 7th; beam- 8.675, 6th; floor- 8.675, 9th; All Around- 34.275, 7th

Halle Haskins: vault- 8.75, 6th; bars- 7; beam- 8.825, 1st; floor- 9.1, 3rd; All Around- 33.675, 5th

Nina Sanchez Macias: vault- 9.1, 5th; bars- 9, 3rd; beam- 8.575; floor- 9.15, 5th; All Around- 35.825, 4th

Zoe Dunn: bars- 7.55; beam- 8.65; floor- 8.7


Riverside Results

Bulldog meet

Portland, OR. - October 10, 2015

Level 3

Acasia Vann: vault- 9.05; bars- 6.85; beam- 7.8; floor- 7.8; All Around- 31.5

Allise Hull: vault- 9.475, 5th; bars- 8.525; beam- 8.675, 5th; floor- 8.95, 7th; All Around- 35.625, 7th

Aurora Baker: vault- 9.3, 8th; bars- 9.325, 4th; beam- 8.675, 5th; floor- 8.4; All Around- 35.7, 6th

Ava Krentz: vault- 9.75, 1st; bars- 9.575, 2nd; beam- 8.625, 7th; floor- 9.3, 4th; All Around- 37.25, 3rd

Bailey Holycross: vault- 8; bars- 6.4; beam- 7.55; floor- 8.45; All Around- 30.4

Brooke Awmiller: vault- 8.725; bars- 8.15; beam- 6.5; floor- 9.05, 3rd; All Around- 32.425

Dylan Vaivoda: vault- 9.575, 1st; bars- 8.85, 7th; beam- 8.75, 7th; floor- 8.95, 6th; All Around- 36.125, 4th

Ellie Rinella: vault- 8.825; bars- 8.7, 9th; beam- 8.125; floor- 9.05, 5th; All Around- 34.7, 8th

Emily Liberidhs: vault- 9.05; bars- 8.3; beam- 7.9; floor- 8.9, 9th; All Around- 34.15

Emma Wolf: vault- 8.775; bars- 8; beam- 7.35; floor- 7.425; All Around- 31.55

Finley Jenkinson: vault- 8.65; bars- 8.95, 6th; beam- 8.05, 7th; floor- 8.55, 6th; All Around- 34.2, 7th

Hannah Adams: vault- 9.025; bars- 8.5; beam- 8.75, 7th; floor- 8.95, 6th; All Around- 35.225, 9th

Hope Pipkin: vault- 9.75, 1st; bars- 9.45, 3rd; beam- 9.225, 2nd; floor- 9, 6th; All Around- 37.425, 2nd

Mia Byers: vault- 9.325, 6th; bars- 8.7, 10th; beam- 8.125; floor- 8.15; All Around- 34.3

Sahale Pfriem: vault- 9.25, 10th; bars- 7.65; beam- 7.975; floor- 8.5; All Around- 33.375

Saige Brennan: vault- 9.725, 3rd; bars- 9.6, 1st; beam- 8.975, 3rd; floor- 9.325, 2nd; All Around- 37.675, 1st

Sydney Krentz: vault- 8.7; bars- 8.75, 8th; beam- 9.05, 2nd; floor- 9.35, 3rd; All Around- 35.85, 8th

Sydney Stanley: vault- 9.325, 6th; bars- 9.75, 1st; beam- 8.8, 6th; floor- 8.95, 6th; All Around- 36.825, 2nd

Taylor Armstrong: vault- 8.625; bars- 8.1; beam- 7.25; floor- 7.4; All Around- 31.375

Victoria Lee-Valkov: vault- 9.1; bars- 9.325, 3rd; beam- 8.525, 10th; floor- 9.075, 4th; All Around- 36.025, 6th

Willow Jenkinson: vault- 9.45, 6th; bars- 9.225, 6th; beam- 8.75, 4th; floor- 9.575, 1st; All Around- 37, 5th

Level 4

Abby Beal: vault- 8.9, 6th; bars- 9.05, 4th; beam- 9.175, 5th; floor- 9.1, 4th; All Around- 36.225, 5th

Annika Baumgarten: vault- 8.15; bars- 7.3; beam- 9.175, 5th; floor- 8.6, 10th; All Around- 33.225

Daisy Morales: vault- 8.5, 6th; bars- 8.925, 6th; beam- 9.15, 3rd; floor- 8.6, 6th; All Around- 35.175, 5th

Gabbe Haskins: vault- 8.3, 8th; bars- 8.85, 6th; beam- 9.15, 7th; floor- 8.9, 6th; All Around- 35.2, 8th

Hailey Birch: vault- 9.25, 1st; bars- 9, 4th; beam- 9.175, 2nd; floor- 9.125, 1st; All Around- 36.55, 1st

McKailla Tyler: vault- 7.45; bars- 9.075, 3rd; beam- 8.825, 6th; floor- 8.2, 7th; All Around- 33.55, 7th

Level 5

Ashley Quisenberry: vault- 8.85, 8th; bars- 8.85, 6th; beam- 9.225, 2nd; floor- 8.55, 7th; All Around- 35.475, 4th

Halle Haskins: vault- 8.75, 9th; bars- 8.15; beam- 9.05, 4th; floor- 8.5, 8th; All Around- 34.45, 7th

Nina Sanchez Macias: vault- 9, 9.25th; bars- 9.25, 2nd; beam- 8.3; floor- 8.925, 4th; All Around- 35.475, 4th

Zoe Dunn: bars- 8.625; beam- 9.15, 4th; floor- 8.35



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