Girls Gymnastics: Andrew’s Valla finishes second in all-around
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media December 15, 2012 10:08PM
Lincoln-Way’s Sam Duggan (left) raises her arms during a floor routine just as Homewood-Flossmoor’s Angel Duncan completes her vault. | Jeff vorva~for sun-times Media
Updated: January 17, 2013 6:38AM
Andrew senior Jamie Valla continues her dominance as the area’s top individual gymnast but a new athlete is emerging who could take over that role in the coming years.
Valla won the vault event with a 9.6 and was second in the all-around with a 37.550 Saturday at the 11-team Homewood-Flossmoor Holiday Invitational.
Valla, who opened her junior season with a wrist injury and ended the season with an Achillies injury before sectionals, has been making up for lost time in trying to become one of the state’s elite gymnasts.
“I’m staying healthy so far,” Valla said. “Things are going well. It’s just a matter of cleaning some things up and tightening some other things up for the next meet. We have some time off until out next meet in January, so we’ll work on conditioning.”
A new face on the area gymnastics scene is emerging as Shepard freshman Skylor Hilger returned to the sport in August after a three-year absence and she was sixth all-around with 35.625 and was fourth in the vault with a 9.450.
The Worth resident finished fourth in all-around Friday night at the Lyons Township Invitational in her high school debut.
“This is so much fun – the high school season has a lot less pressure than the club season,” Hilger said. “This is a lot calmer.”
Prairie Ridge won the title with a 148.250, the Lincoln-Way coop was fifth with a 131 followed by Homewood-Flossmoor (125.925, Andrew (125.325) and Sandburg (123.925).
Other area top-10 individuals were Lincoln-Way’s Kaila Pohrte (seventh overall and seventh in the vault_event) and Sam Duggan (10th in the vault event), Homewood-Flossmoor’s Aleigha Williams (eighth all-around, 10th in the bars, ninth on the beam) and Sandburg’s Anna Girlich (10th overall and eighth in the floor exercise).