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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HISTORIC FIND. SCSU graduate student Jeff Williams is shown with copies of the Red Wing Republican Eagle newspaper that detail a week's worth of the fighting on Iwo Jima in 1945. Williams said he found the historic treasure at a rummage sale and paid $20 for the five newspapers. (Photos by David Hannula.)

Top left Jayden Mclearen, top right Cade Sixberry, bottom Vince Dailey. (Submitted photo.)

Back row: Coach Ryan Prom, Josh Gunther, Erik Larsen - 5th place, Jake Wesley, Shane Roberts - 3rd place, Brady O'Connor, Jordan Hickman - 4th place, Nick Merten, Front Row : Connor Gess - 2nd place, Jayden Mclearen - champion, Dylan Krebs - 2nd place, Vince Dailey - champion, Cade Sixberry - champion. Not pictured : Assistant Coach Loren Holthaus. (Submitted photo.)

BIG  LAKE HORNET Cassie Knick took third place in the all-around in the Mississippi 8 Conference meet versus Buffalo.