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.


THE BIG WOODEN CROSS which stood behind the monument known as La Pieta was broken in Our Lady of the lake Catholic Cemetery last weekend. (Submitted photos.)

THE BECKER-BIG LAKE SQUIRT B1 HOCKEY TEAM. Front row, (L-R): Erik Baker, Cooper Fredericks, Josh Lillemo, Jack Beckstrom, Kellen Hurt and Luke Boardson. Second row, (L-R): Dillon Lindenau, Nik Hughes, Ben Piehl, Eli Sheideman, Zack Dembinski, Jacob Polecec and Dylan Pishney. Coaches, (L-R): Eron Boardson, Head Coach Mark Fredericks and Jake Pishney. (Submitted photos).

Pictured above are food shelf volunteer Bob Segler, Big Lake Food Shelf Manager Amy Robertson, Dr. Scott Schulz, Tara Boone and Sara Peterson. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

THE SHERBURNE COUNTY CHAPTER OF THRIVENT FINANCIAL donated $1,200 worth of items to the Big Lake Community Food Shelf Tuesday. The donation included 50 hams and some personal care items. Pictured above from the left are Big Lake Food Shelf Manager Amy Robertson, Coborn’s Manager Mitch Utecht, Thrivent Financial Associate Curtis Snesrud, Coborn’s Assistant Manager John Howard, Thrivent Financials Associate Derek Birdsall and food shelf volunteer Bob Segler. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

TOMMY ECKSTROM had to think hard about what he wanted to say on the gift card for the present he had just purchased.