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Girls Gymnastics: Shepard’s Hilger punches ticket to state

Hinsdale IL - Wednesday February 12 2014: Shepard's Skylor Hilger competes uneven bars during Sectional Meet Hinsdale Central. | Steve

Hinsdale, IL - Wednesday, February 12, 2014: Shepard's Skylor Hilger competes on the uneven bars during the Sectional Meet at Hinsdale Central. | Steve Johnston/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 14, 2014 8:51AM



Skylor Hilger got healthy at the right time.

The Shepard sophomore was the lone Southland gymnast at Wednesday’s Hinsdale Central Sectional to earn automatic qualification for next week’s state meet, placing third on floor exercise and fourth in all-around.

The top five finishers in each event and all-around advanced automatically. At-large qualifiers will be determined after all the state’s sectionals are over.

“I had a broken hand so I was restricted from doing bars and vault, so this was just my second meet competing those things,” Hilger said. “I had messed up on a couple things after two rotations but knew I needed to turn it around on floor, so to end with a 36 was very big for me, especially knowing I had done badly, but now have another chance to redo everything (at state).”

Hilger scored 36.05 in all-around and had a 9.45 on floor.

The only local team competing, Lincoln-Way co-op, finished sixth at 134.125. Lyons was a runaway winner with 149.875 points and Naperville North (140.325) was second.

Realizing that no team was going to catch Lyons, Lincoln-Way focused on hitting as many routines as possible. Unfortunately, it didn’t have one of its finer meets of the season.

“The flu came over us and we had two girls out with it who tried to compete but we just weren’t at our best today,” Lincoln-Way coach Kim Lago said. “We tried to pull it together as a team, and did the best that we could for a young team, but it just wasn’t our night.”

The vault has been Sandburg/Stagg co-op junior Hannah Mussallem’s best event and she didn’t have to wait long to give it a go on Wednesday, as she was fifth gymnast to in the opening rotation.

Mussallem scored a 9.2 to finish in 11th place.

Competing in her final sectional, Homewood-Flossmoor senior Aleigha Williams took 24th in the all-around with a 31.55.

“Things didn’t go very well for me,” she said. “It was just a bad day, but I came in during the midseason so I wasn’t where I was at last year when I went to state.””

Andrew junior Emily Berkheimer placed 27th in all-around with a 31.00.



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