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Schutter leads Golden Eagles to runner-up finish at triangular

Aberdeen Central’s Masyn Schutter performs on the beam during Thursday night’s triangular with Pierre and Stanley County in the Aberdeen Central auxiliary gym. Photo by John Davis taken 1/5/2023

It was almost the perfect ending to Masyn Schutter’s home gymnastics career.

Not quite perfect, mind you. But close enough. Schutter, the lone senior for the Aberdeen Central gymnastics program, closed out the home portion of the regular season with a top-five finish in three of the four disciplines and a third place showing in the all-around in Thursday’s triangular with Pierre and Stanley County.

“This was probably the most fun meet I’ve had so far this season,” Schutter said. “My teammates are so awesome. They’re always such good energy. Not everything went well in competition or as well as I would have liked it, but it was still a great day.”

Schutter’s effort helped the Golden Eagles to a second place finish in the three-team affair. Pierre took home the top spot with 132 points. Central was second with 129, while Stanley County rounded out the meet with 120 points.

“That was one of our highest scores for varsity this season,” said Central coach Mickey Everson. “So I’m happy with that.”

Schutter finished in a tie for third in vault, and was fourth in both floor and uneven bars. The only event she didn’t crack the top five in was balance beam, where she tied for sixth.

“It’s OK that it’s the last (home meet),” Schutter said. “I’m sad, but it’s early in the season. I’ve only competed four times, so there’s a lot left to go. I don’t want to be too sad, yet.”

Izzy Loecker was third for the Golden Eagles in bars, while Alexis Bomesburger and Regan Lust finished third and fourth, respectively, in the balance beam. Bomesburger and Addison Everson also earned top-five showings in the all-around.

Aberdeen Central’s Izzy Loecker turns to catch the lower bar during her routine on the uneven bars during Thursday night’s triangular with Pierre and Stanley County in the Aberdeen Central auxiliary gym. Photo by John Davis taken 1/5/2023

“We have some young ones coming up,” Coach Everson said. “We competed two eighth-graders almost all varsity today. I’m feeling positive about that. And we threw in some new skills since last time.”

Pierre’s Ryen Sheppick and Nevaeh Karber took the top two spots in the all-around, combining to win three of the four disciplines.

Central is set to head to Brookings on Saturday for the Brookings Invitational.

Vault: 1, Nevaeh Karber, PIE, 8.90; 2, Elena Hebb, SC, 8.65; T3, Masyn Schutter, AC, 8.60; T3, Kirsten Korber, PIE, 8.60; T5, Ryen Sheppick, PIE, 8.55; T5, Gwen Ritcher, 8.55; T5, Amara Klipfel, AC, 8.55.

Bars: 1, Ryen Sheppick, PIE, 8.00; 2, Nevaeh Karber, PIE, 7.70; 3, Izzy Loecker, 7.65; 4, Masyn Schutter, 7.45; 5, Addison Everson, 7.30.

Beam: 1, Ryen Sheppick, PIE, 8.85; 2, Nevaeh Karber, PIE, 8.75; 3, Alexis Bomesburger, 8.45; 4, Regan Lust, AC, 8.40; 5, KaCee Wilson, PIE, 8.30.

Floor: 1, Isabel Jirsa, PIE, 8.70; T2, Ryen Sheppick, PIE, 8.65; T2, Nevaeh Karber, PIE, 8.65; 4, Masyn Schutter, AC, 8.60; 5, Madelyn Merrill, PIE, 8.55.

All-Around: 1, Ryen Sheppick, PIE, 34.05; 2, Nevaeh Karber, PIE, 34.00; 3, Masyn Schutter, AC, 32.85; 4, Alexis Bomesburger, 31.90; 5, Addison Everson, 31.50.

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