Redhawk gymnasts set sights on Saturday

Feb. 12, 2009

Hoping to take their performances to the nines, the Champlain Valley Union High gymnasts will need a flurry of nine-plus scores to knock defending champion Essex High from its perch in the annual state meet, set for 2 p.m. on Saturday at Essex.

“Essex is very strong this year,” CVU co-coach Rachel Miller said last week after the Hornets defeated the Redhawks in a head-to-head meeting.

Miller also noted that it was “not our strongest meet” of the season.

The Hawks had a much better night last Friday in their final competitive tune-up before the states, taking the top two positions in all events for a 133.8-130.1 victory at St. Johnsbury Academy.

Ashley Bachand won three skill events — the vault, bars and floor exercise — to take the all-around honors. Bachand had an eye-popping 9.4 in floor exercise and a 9.2 on the vault.

Teammate Kiley Bourdeau won the beam competition —Bachand was runner-up — and took seconds on the vault, the bars and floor exercise, where she drew an excellent 9.25 from judges. Bourdeau was second in all-around.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent