‘Cats shine on the road

The Watertown-Mayer/Mound Westonka gymnastics team defeated the No. 13 New London Spicer Wildcats by a score of 140.025 to 137.125 Jan. 12.

Emma Strom won the vault for the Royals with a 9.175. Taylor Hix (8.65) and Kylie Hoese (8.575) were fourth and fifth respectfully. Other W-M/MW scores on the vault were Leanna May’s 8.4 and Paige Thibault’s 8.3. The team score for vault was 34.8, NL-S scored a 35.0

New London’s Courtney Henjum won the bars with a 9.0 but the Royals took second, third, fourth and fifth. Thibault led the way with an 8.85, followed by Kylie Hoese (8.6), Strom (8.25), Ella Blinkhorn (8.225) and Elsa Thonn (7.35). The team score on the vault was 33.925 to 32.925 in the Royals favor.

Thibault led all competitors with a 9.35 on the beam, while Ailsa Gilbert tied for third with an 8.65. Hoese and Ellan Blinkhorn both scored an 8.45, with Ella May posting a score of 8.35. The Royals scored a 34.8 on the beam, NL’S scored a 33.55.

Thibault, Rosie Unglaub and Gilbert finished second through fourth for the Royals on the floor exercise, posting scores of 9.325, 9.25 and 9.1. Blinkhorn added an 8.7 and Thonn scored an 8.425. The Royals posted a team score of 36.3 on the floor exercise, the Wildcats scored a 35.65.

The win over the Wildcats was the 53rd consecutive win for the Royals, and a strong showing from the JV team also extended their 53-win streak. The JV team won by a score of 126.98 to 124.85. Unglaub won the vault (8.55), May won the bars (7.7), Thonn won the beam (8.2) and Kallie Unowsky won the floor (8.4).

The next home meet for the Royals is Jan. 19, as Orono and Annandale head to Watertown-Mayer for a 6 p.m. matchup.