SYRACUSE – Wawasee continued to set the bar for the program Thursday night, scoring a new season-high in team points and doing it against one of its sectional targets.
Wawasee rung up a 106.525 against DeKalb’s 99.925 in not only an eye-opener for both teams heading into Saturday’s Lakeland Invite, but just how the Warriors got to its score.
In what has been the biggest Wawasee bugaboo in the 12-year sectional championship drought – the beam – all four varsity performers for the Warriors performed no-fall routines and took three of the top four places in the meet. Reagan Atwood was spectacular once again, nailing a 9.45 for first on the apparatus, followed by Jada Parzygnot at 8.8 and Aundreya Wegener in fourth at 8.5. Autumn Yoder started the varsity run with a 7.75 no-fall, her first clean varsity go this season.
Atwood and Parzygnot would command the meet, keeping with each other on the floor with Atwood at 9.55 and Parzygnot at 9.425, a personal best, for the top two scores. On bars, Parzygnot took honors with an 8.95 and Atwood was right behind at 8.75. Atwood had Wawasee’s top vault score at 8.85 and Parzygnot at 8.75, but both well off the standard set by DeKalb’s Shiloh Miller, who posted a sparkling 9.45.
Haleigh Smarr added another quality score for the Warriors with an 8.15 on bars, taking third overall in her personal best in the event. Smarr also had a pair of top figures in JV events at 8.05 on vault and 8.65 on floor, giving Wawasee additional depth.
Wawasee’s team tally puts it in range of sectional champion Elkhart Central, which has posted a 107.7 this season, in which the two will see each other this weekend at Lakeland and then against one another next Thursday at The Club warehouse in Elkhart.
“We did really well tonight,” said Wawasee assistant coach Sarah Wegener. “We have a huge meet this weekend with the Lakeland Invitational so we are really looking forward to competing there. We are coming off of our highest team score of the season, so we are really excited.”