Girls Gymnastics: Lincoln-Way co-op earns winSanburg's Lexsis Bailey competes on the Bars at Lincoln Way East High School in Frankfort, Illinois, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. | Michael DiNovo~For the Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 14, 2011 9:26PM
For anyone with a sweet tooth, Wednesday night’s gymnastics meet between the Lincoln-Way co-op and the Sandburg-Stagg co-op was the place to be. In compliance with Lincoln-Way tradition, a gymnast passes out candy to the audience every event she scores higher than a 9.000.
Six scores of 9.000 or higher were registered, with Lincoln-Way’s Kaitlyn Neiheisel and Sandburg’s Sarah Mussallem leading the way with two a piece.
Neiheisel finished with top honors in the All-Around (35.65). She placed first in both the uneven parallel bars (9.0) and balance beam (9.15).
“Passing out candy is my favorite part about getting 9’s,” Neiheisel said. “I came into the team a little bit late because I was with diving, but I’m finally getting my endurance back and some of my tricks. It’s going well.”
Lincoln-Way’s Emma Moris (3rd All-Around) came in first with her floor exercise routine (9.00) and finished third on the vault, beam, and uneven parallel bars.
Sandburg took home bragging rights, narrowly clipping their Southwest Suburban Conference adversary 133 to 132.85. Mussallem led the charge with a first place finish on vault. She received the night’s highest score in any event with a 9.500, and she finished second All-Around with a 35.35.
Sandburg coach Mike White was pleased with his team’s effort, as he always looks forward to a meet against Lincoln-Way.
“This is our arch rival. For all the years I’ve coached here, (Lincoln-Way coach) Skip Adamson and I have always had good meets,” White said. “Our teams always seem to get up and perform well against each other.”
Hannah Mussallem finished second on vault with a 9.200 for Sandburg, and Anna Girlich finished fourth All-Around with a 33.90.