Redettes edge Esky gymnasts

ESCANABA – Erin Mattson contined her hot streak for the Escanaba Eskymos gymnastics team Wednesday night. But the depth of the Marquette Redettes proved to be too much as they collected a 123.90-118.90 victory.

Mattson placed first in vault, bars, floor and was second in beam to finish in first place all-around.

“Erin had a good night on all four events. Her highest score of the evening was on bars, followed by floor,” said Eskymos coach Theresa Pascoe. “Erin used last year’s floor music which she seemed to have more fun with, it’s like jungle music.”

The Eskymos had a near sweep at vault with Aalysiah Spencer taking second and Erika Carne placing third. Carne also notched a third-place finish on the beam, helping her to a second place finish all-around. Maggie Richardson placed fourth on floor and Kylee Frossard notched a fifth-place finish on beam.

“Erika is coming on strong on all four events. She’s willing to step up to meet the all-around competition challenge. Her bars are also coming along nicely,” said Pascoe.

“Aalysiah has improved her vaulting score and continues to show progress and Maggie had a qualifying score on floor, which qualifies her to travel to Rockford in early March for regionals. She has come back strong from her knee injury. Kylee continues to improve on beam, and Paige Dagenais is a freshman who is competing on floor and beam. She continues to make progress daily.”

Overall, Pascoe was pleased with the effort she received from the entire team and continues to see improvement.

“We had a good night and all the girls continue to improve. We have three more meets for the girls to quality and I hope that we can continue to improve more this weekend.”

Escanaba will travel to Coldwater, Mich. Saturday for a 10-team Invitational.