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Obtained from Post Newspaper

Returning scorers have Brunswick poised for breakout season

By DAN BROWN The Post sports writer |  Posted: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 3:00 am

BRUNSWICK — With all of its top scorers back from a team that came as close as it can get to advancing to districts, expectations are high for Brunswick’s gymnastics team.

The Blue Devils, who missed qualifying for the West Geauga Division I District by 0.85 points last season, have enough firepower to compete in one of the toughest regions of the state when it comes to gymnastics.

And veteran coach Michelle Miller is well aware of that.

“Brunswick has more potential this season that in the last 12 years I’ve coached here,” she admitted. “The team has a great chemistry and they are highly motivated to learn new skills this year.”

Just about every member of last winter’s team, which was fifth at the Medina D-I Sectional and sixth overall in the rugged Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division, has returned this season to build upon that success.

Junior Alexx Sikora is fresh off of her first high school season in which she advanced to districts in the all-around, balance beam and floor exercise and posted career-best scores of 34.2 in the all-around and 8.2 on the uneven parallel bars. Despite a back injury in the offseason, Sikora is expected to continue her high-scoring ways and is one of several all-around scorers back.

The Blue Devils will also look to the likes of senior Amy Bruce, juniors Kaylee Gordon, Kaylee Shorts and sophomores Camryn Scott and Elina Burgos to be threats in a host of events. Each posted all-around scores of 30.6 or better last season.

Bruce, who also had back problems this off-season which resulted in surgery, hasn’t allowed that to stop her from improving on her routines in preparation for her final prep season.

“Amy is improving her difficulty on vault, bars, beam and floor,” Miller said. “She hasn’t let her back surgery hold her back from being competitive in the conference.”

Scott was impressive in Brunswick’s season-opening quadrangular with Hudson, Westlake and Avon, taking second all-around and on the vault, while Sikora was third all-around.

But the Blue Devils have even more depth on their roster with junior Nicole Pryatel, who has posted strong scores on the vault, beam and bars, along with fellow returnee Megan Trefz in the floor exercise.

Megan Chappel and Tiffany Cubic – both freshmen – headline an impressive group of newcomers for Brunswick, along with junior Arianna Esplin, sophomores Julia Dodds and Elysia Fornaro and freshmen Grace Chapman, Aly Homyk and Paige Scharschmidt.