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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