THE BIG LAKE HORNETS VARSITY GYMNASTICS TEAM is looking forward to the coming season. From left to right (front), they are Tessa Iverson, Laura Jore, Lily Noble, Meghann Norrbom and Cassie Knick. In the middle are Helen Lingasin and Avery Huber. Back row is Britney Knick, Kaity Swanson and Mallary Dick. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

Gymnasts fly high in season opener

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Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
The Big Lake Hornets varsity gymnastics team is off to a flying start this season, defeating the St. Francis Saints, 140.375-128.80, in their first meet of the year.
This year’s team captains are seasoned veterans. Seniors Meghann Norrbom and Laura Jore and junior Lily Noble lead the line up. Tessa Iverson, Kaity Swanson, Avery Huber, Helena Lingasin and Cassie Knick are also returning to the varsity squad with Cassie’s sister Britney, seventh grade,  and sophomore Mallary Dick rounding out the team.
Dick did not compete for the Hornets last year but she is a champion gymnast in the club circuits and is a very strong addition to the team.
The Hornets are coached by Nikki Dilbert, who has taken the team to state for the past two years.
“We are excited for the coming season,” she said Thursday. “We are a strong team and we do expect to be competitive this year.”
The Hornets will compete in an invitational at Maple Lake Saturday. Tuesday they host the Princeton Tigers in their first home meet, which begins at 6:30 p.m. The Hornets travel to Brainerd for the Brainerd Invitational Dec. 21 and host their own invitational Jan 4 at noon with teams from Becker, Annandale, Waconia, Sauk Rapids-Rice, Elk River, New London-Spicer, Minneapolis Southwest, East Ridge and Chisago Lakes.

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SHERBURNE COUNTY FAIR BOARD MEMBER Irene Kostreba, pictured here showing a very old poster advertising a Sherwin Linton concert, is still looking for items to display in the county fair history center. Items could be given on loan or donated to the fair board. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

FRESH FLAME BURGER serves up fast food with its own flair on Hwy. 10 in Big Lake. Clara Henderson, Kari Luckey and Jamall Whitelaw ordered their food to go from restaurant owner Gus Afrooz. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

SHERBURNE COUNTY 4-H’ers got some hands-on experience working at the 4-H foodstand at the fairgrounds Wednesday evening in preparation for the Sherburne County Fair, which starts Wednesday. About 60 kids from six different 4-H clubs learned how to grill burgers, cook fries and hot dogs and serve customers during the orientation event. Above are Big Lakers Katie Olson (left), Kirsten Olson and Taylor Muehlbauer cooking fries and Bailey Muehlbauer (right) getting hamburger buns ready. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

GRAND KNIGHT DENNIS NAGORSKI of the Knights of Columbus presented Big Lake Chief of Police Joel Scharf and Becker Chief of Police Brent Baloun with a donation of prescription drug drop-boxes for each city. Along with marijuana, prescription drugs are often abused because of easy access. Keeping them out of the water system is important to protect the environment. Now our residents have a safe way to dispose of their unwanted or out-dated medications. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).