Carroll ends Bishop Dwenger’s sectional gymnastics streak

Carroll sophomore McKinley Carroll won the beam competition with a 9.525. (By Blake Sebring of
Homestead junior Catherine Milne won the floor exercise with a 9.70. (By Blake Sebring of
Concordia sophomore Regan Twomey tied for second on the bars with a 9.475. (By Blake Sebring of
Bishop Dwenger senior Sophia Wright-Turflinger scored a 37.650 to win the all-around title at Saturday's Concordia Sectional. (By Blake Sebring of
Homestead's Yana Wier scored an 8.425 on the balance beam. (By Blake Sebring of
Carroll's Ashelynn Steinke finished second on the beam with a 9.45. (By Blake Sebring of
Carroll senior Jillian Hoffmann placed sixth on the bars with a 9.30. (By Blake Sebring of
Concordia junior Courtney Welker scored a 8.95 on the floor exercise. (By Blake Sebring of
Northrop assistant coach Julie Niederholtmeyer watches the Bruins' bears during the bars performance. (By Blake Sebring of

The members of the No. 4-ranked Carroll gymnastics team looked confident and determined from warm-ups on at Saturday’s Concordia Sectional. No one was taking the title from the Chargers.

Other teams, including No. 8 Homestead and No. 11 Bishop Dwenger, may have thought they had a chance with their best efforts, but the had no chance if the Chargers gave theirs.

Carroll performed at another level and scored a school-record 111.775 to win over Bishop Dwenger’s 110.650 and Homestead’s 107.875. The win ended Bishop Dwenger’s 10-year hold on the sectionals as those three teams advance to Saturday’s Huntington North Regional. Concordia was fourth with a 102.650 followed by Northrop with a 102.300 and Huntington North with a 101.000 in what is likely the highest-scoring sectional in history.

Five individuals finished above 37.000 in the all-around led by Bishop Dwenger’s Sophia Wright-Turflinger with a 37.650, Carroll’s McKinley Carroll with a 37.40 and Bishop Dwenger’s Rachel Landstoffer with a 37.375. Homestead’s Catherine Milne was fourth with a 37.200 and Carroll’s Ashelynn Steinke was fifth in 37.150. Carroll’s Jillian Hoffmann was sixth with 36.675. Concordia’s Regan Twomey just missed advancing despite scoring 36.475 which in the previous few seasons would have placed fourth.

“We were really confident today because we had a talk about it,” Hoffmann said. “When we go in confident we always show better.”

Strangely, the Chargers started the day on floor exercise and didn’t meet their usual expectations, but they came back strong in the vault as Carroll won with a 9.55 with Hoffmann and Steinke tying for second with 9.45s. That gave the Chargers a lead they finalized on the beam as Carroll scored 9.525 to win the title and Steinke was second with a 9.45.

“We knew we could do it as long as we performed,” Carroll coach Rosemary Scheele said. “We don’t care what anybody else does. I told the girls, `It’s yours to win and yours to lose.’ They just really supported each other.”

Bishop Dwenger performed exceptionally well considering all-state senior Elaine Cornewell is still missing from the lineup with a knee injury. She hopes to return for the regional, but scoring 110 points as a team without a potential 37-point all-around competitor shows the Saints’ depth.

“What I like about our team right now is we did this with only four senior routines,” Bishop Dwenger coach Rose Nix said. “This has been a real confidence booster for our underclassmen. I’m super-proud of these kids.”

Homestead junior Catherine Milne won the floor title with a 9.70 followed by Landstoffer at 9.65. Milne also won the bars with a 9.575 with Wright-Turflinger finishing second with a 9.475.

Individuals who advanced to regional include Twomey in the bars with a 9.475 and Huntington North’s Danielle Korporal in the floor with a 9.35.