Having strong conference showings the past several years, the Stevens Point Area Senior High gymnastics team wanted to start the league schedule on the right foot.
By the conclusion of the season opening meet at the Marshfield Fieldhouse, there was little doubt the Panthers may be destined for big things this year.
The Panthers got a strong showing in each event as they won their first Great Northern Conference triangular meet of the year Thursday night.
Point won the meet with a score of 131.965. Wisconsin Rapids finished in second place with 122.275 points while the host Tigers tallied 116.600.
"I feel we did well tonight with us trying to get a few more people experienced with varsity," Point coach Jennifer Bellmer Callope said. "Overall we did well and we were pretty clean in our routines, but we still need to push ahead and achieve more."
Winning the all-around honors was SPASH's Heidi Zorn, with a score of 33.850, edging Rapids' Loren Abbrederis who earned a 33.600.
Zorn won the floor exercise with a 9.200, while placing second in both the vault and balance beam with respective marks of 8.550, and 8.600.
"I did really well on the floor, and I think I did pretty good on the beam too," Zorn said. "I think for our first conference meet I think we did pretty good, but we also saw what we have to work on for the team and individuals."
For Rapids, the Raiders' young squad was anchored by the experience of Loren Abbrederis, Bridget Midthun, Tabi Dorshorst.
Abbrederis led the charge with her second place finish in the all-around, and won the Balance Beam with a score of 8.750.
Rapids won three of the four events on the night with Midthun taking the vault with an 8.600, and Dorshorst winning uneven parallel bars with an 8.350.
"Loren had a very good meet this past weekend, and she had a good night tonight too," Rapids coach Roseann Dorshorst said. "Bridget, Loren, and Tabi carried us, and they will have to get the younger girls used to how varsity works."
Marshfield finished the night with gaining experience for their young squad that will help them as the year wears on.
Hannah Marsch was the Tigers' leading gymnast with a third place finish in the all-around competition with a score of 32.075.
"Tonight went very smoothly, and was pretty much what we expected it to be," Marshfield coach Lori Nilsen-Bibbo said. "We're dealing with some injuries right now, and hopefully we will have them back soon."
Team Scores: 1. Stevens Point 131.965, 2. Wisconsin Rapids 122.275, 3. Marshfield 116.600.
All-Around: 1. Heidi Zorn (SP) 33.850, 2. Loren Abbrederis (WR) 33.600, 3. Hannah Marsch (M) 32.075, 4. Bridget Midthun (WR) 30.450, 5. Megan Smith (M) 27.450, 6. Paige Kurszewski (SP) 24.825. Floor Exercise: 1. Zorn (SP) 9.200, 2. Libby Pieczynski (SP) 8.815, 3. Abby Chojnacki (SP) 8.500, 4. Amanda Byrum (SP)8.450, 5. Marsch (M) 8.300, 5. Sarah Thimmesch 8.300. Balance Beam: 1. Abbrederis (WR) 8.70, 2. Zorn (SP) 8.600, 3. Kurszewski (SP) 8.475, 4. Lacie Ligman (SP) 8.400, 5. Tabi Dorshorst (WR) 8.325, 6. Marsch (M) 8.125. Uneven Parallel Bars: 1. Dorshorst (WR) 8.350, 2. Abbrederis (WR) 8.275, 3. Kurszewski (SP)8.025, 4. Byrum (SP)7.750, 5. Janelle Nelson (SP) 7.600, 6. Ligman (SP) 7.525. Vault: 1. Midthun (WR) 8.600, 2. Zorn (SP) 8.550, 3. Thimmesch 8.500, 4. Abbrederis 8.450, 5. Kurszewski 8.325, 6. Marsch 8.250.