THE BIG LAKE HORNETS took second place in the Tropical Twist Invitational this week. Pictured above are Britney Knick, Kaity Swanson, Cassie Knick, Tessa Iverson, Avery Huber, Laura Jore, Lily Noble, Meghann Norrbom and Grace Thieke. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

Gymnasts 2nd at Tropical Twist Invite

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
The Big Lake Hornets took second place in their annual Tropical Twist Invitational gymnastics meet Saturday with a score od 136.75.
East Ridge, a school from the Woodbury area, took first place with 138.95.
The Becker Bulldogs finished in third place with a score of 136.10. Annandale was fourth with 133.50. Elk River was fifth with 132.25. 
Waconia took sixth place with 124.80. Sauk Rapids-Rice was seventh with 122.20. Chisago Lakes was eighth with 121.15 and Minneapolis Southwest was last with 96.15. New London-Spicer was invited but did not make it to the competition.
For Big Lake, Laura Jore took third place in the vault with a 9.4. She was second on bars with 8.9 and eighth on beam with 8.8 and second on floor with 9.45 to take third place in the all-around with 9.4.
Cassie Knick took eighth place in the all-around with 33.8 after tying for third place on the floor with Alyssa Fladebo from Annandale with a 9.4 and taking fifth place on beam with a score of 9.1
Megan Trollen and Wren Anderson of the East Ridge Raptors took first and second place in the all-around with scores of 36.85 and 36.75 respectively.
State-ranked gymnast Mallary Dick, who is on the roster for the Hornets, has not been able to compete yet this season. Mallary has been sidelined with a knee injury. 
The Hornets’ next meet is Tuesday, (Jan 14), at home versus the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets at 6:30 p.m. The Hornets are coached by Nikki Dilbert.


(From left) Lexi Freund (Big Lake), Betsey Cornelius and Ben Cornelius (Nowthen), Gunner Dorweiler and Colton Dorweiler (Princeton), Ben Manning (Zimmerman), Bailey Dorweiller (Princeton) and Salene Krueger (Big Lake.) The county fair runs from July 16-19. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Dr. Lola Sutherland is retiring from clinical practice after 33 years in the Big Lake community. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)

SMITTY’S AMATEUR FIDDLERS CONTEST drew 22 musicians to compete in Big Lake this year. They were accompanied by Gilmore Lee.

LEE GERHARDSON, 47, from New London, was found dead in Big Lake near the swimming beach in 10 feet of water Monday. Cause of death is unknown at this time but foul play is not suspected.

Adopt-a-Road participants volunteer for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and work to clean roadsides that border and bisect refuge land. This spring, from April to June, approximately six individuals, three families, and seven groups, such as boy and girl scouts and 4-H groups, volunteered to clean countless miles of roads. (Submitted photo.)