We’re back, and gymnastics fans, this is your time to shine.
Today we ran a story on Issaquah’s team — specifically senior Kara Chin and freshman Olivia Goree — as it looks to rebound from a narrow loss at state last season.
We also ran a list of gymnasts to watch this season:
- Kara Chin, Sr., Issaquah
- Corrine Wise, Sr., West Seattle
- Sophie Wenzlau, Sr., Bainbridge
- Katie Arlan, Sr., Bothell
- Louise Baker, Jr., Lindbergh
- Annie Zuckerman, Jr., Bainbridge
- Gwen Smithberg, Jr., Kennedy
- Ashley Perkovich, Jr., Auburn Mountainview
- Hailey Wells, So., Woodinville
- Rebecca Turnbow, So., Auburn Riverside
- Sienna Viltz, So., Lake Washington
- Alexi Morton, So., Auburn Mountainview
- Nora Keith, So., Kent-Meridian
- Olivia Goree, Fr., Issaquah
In case you were wondering about last season’s 3A all-around champion Marie Welsh, she is not expected to compete this season. The Bainbridge senior, who also won bars and vault at state, tore her ACL earlier this year in preparation for nationals.
So here’s the question: Who are some of the athletes and teams you feel we should keep an eye on this season?
1. Ian Lunsford, Hazen wrestling — Lunsford pinned his Lindbergh opponent in 22 seconds, the fastest recorded win by fall reported Wednesday.
2. James Harrang, Eastlake boys swimming — Harrang contributed to Wolves wins in four events: all three relays and a winning time of 2:09.06 in the 200 individual medley.
3. Katie Grad, Auburn Riverside girls basketball — Grad, a 5-foot-8 senior guard, scored 10 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter, fueling a late comeback against Shelbyville Central of Tennessee. The Ravens were down 50-45 late in the game, but closed it out on a 12-0 run.
Today’s top game
1. Auburn Riverside girls basketball vs. Notre Dame Academy of Middleburg, Va., 1:45 p.m., at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix. The Class 3A defending champions and top-ranked Ravens face the nation’s No. 1 team.