HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTICS: PAS recalls a season of growth, new records

Douty earns top-10 finish at state in balance beam

The Pipestone Area Schools’ gymnastics team recalled a season of growth during an awards presentation on Tuesday, March 5, at Faith Community Church.

PAS gymnastics head coach Stacie Wallace served as the master of ceremonies, and she presented letters to the athletes.

“We have more potential to tap,” Wallace said of freshman Kaysa Douty, who earned a top-10 finish in the balance beam (9.1) at the Minnesota State High School League state meet at Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Wallace also gave plaudits to other gymnasts.

“Vivian (Brockberg) has come around well, and scored double the points in conference,” the coach said.

Addison Draper and Samantha Radloff will ascend to the role of team leaders next season as seniors, to paraphrase Wallace.

Pipestone Area Schools’ gymnasts (from left) Vivian Brockberg, Delilah Cook, Kaysa Douty, Aubrey Brockberg and Davina Darveaux all received special individual awards and major honors as presented at a banquet on Tuesday, March 5, at Faith Community Church. (Photo by Eric Viccaro)

In the chase to win Section 3A all-academic team honors, PAS gymnasts put together a 3.967 grade-point average, which was four one-hundreths away from top team Worthington.

At the beginning of the event, Wallace thanked managers Abbie Haack, Brynn Schutlze and Lauren Steuck.

“It takes a special person to volunteer to manage a team,” she said. “They’ve helped record scores, run meets, flash scores, make signs and help with social media.”

Douty and Brockberg also received their all-state honorable mentions and all-conference accolades.

Overall, the Arrows produced their best team score in a meet in 17 years (132.275 at Blue Earth Area on Feb. 6), was fourth at the Section 3A meet and finished 5-5 in duals (3-3 in the Big South Conference).

It was an emotional event as Wallace thanked this year’s senior group, which included her daughter, Noami Wallace, plus Ryleigh Nissen and Davina Darveaux. Gymnasts honored Naomi Wallace as she celebrated her 18th birthday.

A list of award winners accompanies this story.

GYMNASTICS

Season-Ending Awards 

Tuesday, March 5

TROPHY AWARDS

Rookie of the Year: Aubrey Brockberg

Most Improved: Delilah Cook

Coaches Award: Davina Darveaux

Most Valuable Gymnast: Kaysa Douty

Most Improved

Individual Events

Varsity

Vault: Addison Draper; Uneven bars: Samantha Radloff; Balance beam: Ryleigh Nissen; Floor exercise: Davina Darveaux

Junior Varsity

Vault: Brooke Einck; Uneven bars: Delilah Cook; Balance beam: Alyssa Steuck; Floor exercise: Delilah Cook