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Park continued its lengthy run of success taking fourth place with a season-best 146.05 in its third-straight Class AA state meet in February at the University of Minnesota. (Bulletin file photo)

2013 Year in Review: Park gymnastics team reaches third-straight state meet, takes fourth

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The Park gymnastics team ended 2013 strong.

Park continued its lengthy run of success taking fourth place with a season-best 146.05 in its third-straight Class AA state meet in February at the University of Minnesota.

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“One thing you want to do as a coach is to have the kids peak at the right time,” Park head coach Mark Sikich said directly after the meet. “We made our mistakes, but I was incredibly proud of the kids’ efforts and what we did here today. They did a great job.“

After the meet, McKay Zurn, a senior at the time and team captain, said it was an emotional night, saying she came to tears toward the end of her floor routine — the Wolfpack’s final event.

“I feel good, because I think we accomplished a lot of our goals throughout the season,” Zurn said just after the meet. “We couldn’t ask for much more. We accomplished so much this season and I’m so proud of everyone. We shed a lot of tears and blood and sweat and we ended up here.”

Roseville won the Class AA state championship — its second in a row and sixth in the past eight seasons — with a score of 149.7.

At state, Park had by far the top score of any team in the floor exercise with a 38.3. Park also took fourth in the vault (37.325) and fourth in the balance beam (36.0) along with finishing sixth on the uneven bars (34.425).

Kasondra Tulloch, a 2013 grad, stood out all night for Park. Tulloch’s all-around score would’ve been a 38.3. Also, 2013 grad Rachel Deephouse scored a 9.750 in the floor exercise, which was the best score of the meet in the event.

At the individual meet the following night, Tulloch and Sarah Schank each turned in all-state performances. Tulloch’s came in the vault, where she earned third. Sarah Schank earned all-state on the beam with a 9.45.

Park earned a third-straight trip to state with a 145.65 score and a first-place finish at sections. Park finished third in the state in the 2010-11 season and fourth in 2011-12.

“I’m so proud of the girls,” said Morgan Schank, a team captain and one of five seniors on Park’s roster in 2013. “We went out and did what we could do. We didn’t win, but we won in my heart. It’s the best feeling being on this team. They’re the greatest team ever. I love them.”

-Patrick Johnson

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