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Girls Gymnastics: Schultz steps up for Lincoln-Way

Andrew’s Madalyn Puckett performs during floor exercise Saturday. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

Andrew’s Madalyn Puckett performs during the floor exercise Saturday. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 13, 2014 6:53AM



After a season-ending knee injury to defending SouthWest Suburban champion Kaila Pohrte, it’s almost getting to be a game around Lincoln-Way’s co-op team.

Call it: Who is going to lead the team this week?

Veterans Mallory Winter and Shelby Wiktor have had their turns earlier in the season. Freshman Kara Auchstettir did as well.

Now add sophomore Maggie Schultz to the list.

Schultz took seventh in the all-around in Saturday’s 23rd annual Lincoln-Way Invitational and was the highest area finisher in the 11-team meet.

All four area teams competed and Lincoln-Way finished fourth with a 136.300. The Sandburg-Stagg co-op squad finished eighth with a 128.700, Andrew was 10th with a 120.400 and Homewood-Flossmoor claimed 11th with a 117.800.

Geneva edged Fremd 146.150-146.100 for the title. Glenbard North took third with a 137.650.

Schultz transferred from Wilmington to Lincoln-Way West and this was the first time she competed in all-around in a high school invitational. Wilmington does not have a gymnastics team.

“I’m surprised I did this well,” she said. “This was fun.”

Schultz had a 9.3 on the vault, an 8.850 on the uneven bars, an 8.450 on the balance beam and an 8.750 on the floor exercise. Winter finished 15th in all-around with a 33.250. Meghan Kirk took seventh on the beam for Lincoln-Way.

“This was a good finish. It was our best score of the year by almost two points,” first-year Lincoln-Way coach Kim Lago said. “I’m totally proud of the girls and what they did today. We have a very young team, mostly sophomores, so the next few years we have a chance to be great. I can’t wait to see what happens.’’

Sandburg junior Anna Girlich was the only other area gymnast to crack the top 10. She was 10th in all-around with a 34.250 and was seventh in the floor exercise with a 9.200.

The team was without Stagg’s Hannah Mussalem, who injured her toe during warmups.

“We scored nine points higher than we scored all year,” Eagles coach Mike White said. “After the injury, the kids could have really shut down and used it as an excuse. Instead they took a negative and turned things positive and built on it. That speaks highly of the kids. I told them to think about the team score and they realized they have a lot of potential.”

Andrew was led by Autumn Wabi, who took 19th in the all-around.

Homewood-Flossmoor was led by Aleigha Williams, who was 23rd in the all-around.



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