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2018-09-19 / Sports

Division II champ East gymnastics seeks strong year


Hannah Ermer competes on vault during a league meet last year. The Williamsville East senior captain will compete in the all-around. 
File photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Hannah Ermer competes on vault during a league meet last year. The Williamsville East senior captain will compete in the all-around. File photo by Kathleen KramerPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Williamsville East’s girls gymnastics team went 5-0 and won the Division II regular season title last year.

Coach Lisa Stumpf said the team looks stronger than last year and is hoping the squad is competitive this year against much-improved teams from Williamsville South and Williamsville North.

“With Will South gaining a few seventh- and eighth-graders that will help their team scores, we are hoping we can keep the meets close,” Stumpf said.

Returning seniors Marissa Collura and Hannah Ermer are the team captains and will be competing in the all-around if needed. Sophomore Amanda Goodman is a co-captain and will compete on vault, beam and floor.

“Marissa, Hannah and Amanda have been organizing the team apparel and setting up the bake sales that we have scheduled throughout our season,” Stumpf said. “They are organized and in constant contact with the other girls on the team, keeping them updated on team practices.

When our meets start, they will be in charge of helping get the gym ready for competition, deciding what the team will wear on meet days to represent our team. They will also help with organizing the banquet held in November and [will do] fundraising for a scholarship called the ‘Colleen Fatta’ given to a senior at the sectional meet.”

Sophomore Jenna Clark will also help the team in the all-around.

Freshman Mary Ryan, a returning sectional qualifier on bars, beam and floor, will be competing in the all-around, with her strongest being floor.

Seven of the 12 members of the team are eighth-graders.

“We are looking towards them leading the way in our wins,” Stumpf said.

Charlotte Moyer, who she said has improved since last season with upgrades on all the events, and Lia Reyes, who also has learned new skills on all of the events, will be anchors in the lineup.

Moyer qualified for sectionals in the all-around last year while Reyes qualified on bars, beam and floor.

“If Charlotte and Lia hit routines at sectionals, they have a chance of making the state team,” Stumpf said.

Other eighth-graders who will most likely be starters in certain events are Ava Rosenthal and Lily Meltser in the all-around. Rosenthal and Meltser qualified for sectionals on vault and beam, respectively.

Eighth-grader Sophie Maclean, who will miss part of the season due to an injury, will help the team later in the season in the all-around, and Miranda Collura will show her new skills this season in the all-around.

Seventh-grader Ruby Freiman will most likely earn a starting position and will compete in the all-around.

Stumpf is hoping to have more qualifiers to this year’s sectional meet on Nov. 2 due to a few rule changes that will benefit most of the gymnasts.

“We are hopeful that the girls will be able to achieve higher scores, which would get them in the top 50 on each event,” she said. “The team looks strong on floor and beam. With the rule changes, some of the girls will score higher and meet the new requirements, which will help our team score.”

Stumpf also said making routines and limiting the falls, especially on beam, will help with the win/loss record.

East opens its season in a tri-meet at Lancaster with Williamsville South at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.

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