Coffman defends league title
The Dublin Coffman High School gymnastics team rolled to its second OCC-Ohio Division title in a row.
The Shamrocks scored 141.2 points in the league meet Feb. 9 at Thomas Worthington to finish first, ahead of Thomas (134.8), Olentangy (131.7), Upper Arlington (131.7), Hilliard Darby (123.85) and Grove City (108.5).
Jerome was runner-up in the OCC-Capital meet and Scioto finished sixth in the OCC-Central meet. Those meets also were held the same day at Thomas.
"It was another exceptional day, with a lot of season-high scores and the depth of our team came to the forefront again," said Shamrocks coach Julie Kayser, who was named OCC-Ohio Coach of the Year. "We nailed our (routines on the uneven) bars, but then our first two girls in the (balance) beam fell. But the girls pulled it together and our depth overcame those mistakes rather than ruining the meet.
"It's evidence to what we've said all year, that one or two girls aren't going to carry us. It takes good scores from top to bottom. If we have a mistake or two, their teammates pick up the slack."
Coffman, which went 5-0 in league duals, finished first in the overall OCC-Ohio standings with 24 points. Thomas (20, 4-1) was second, followed by Olentangy (15, 3-2), UA (13, 2-3), Grove City (6, 1-4) and Darby (6, 0-5).
"This is very exciting to win the league back-to-back," junior Claire Edwards said. "We have great chemistry and we're all cheering on our teammates and supporting each other, and that does affect how we perform.
"This has just been such a fun year. It's already been a great season, but now come the big meets. Our ultimate goal is to win district, qualify for state and perform well there."
The Shamrocks are first in the district poll and will compete in the district meet Feb. 23 at Worthington Kilbourne. The top three teams qualify for the team state meet March 1 at Hilliard Bradley, and the top nine finishers in each event and the all-around advance to the individual state meet March 2 at Bradley.
Coffman finished second (139.3) of 24 teams at district last season, behind Grove City (140.075) and ahead of third-place Thomas (137.345), to qualify for state. The Shamrocks finished seventh (136.825) at state, behind champion Brecksville-Broadview Heights (148).
Edwards and sophomores Nicole Fusco and Anna Pitts also qualified for state as individuals last season. Fusco placed 24th in the all-around (35.125), tied for 20th on bars (8.725) and placed 21st on beam (8.725). Edwards tied for 18th on bars (8.75) and Pitts finished 37th on the floor exercise (7.9).
"We're going to heal up the little injuries we have, like sore ankles, (this week) and then work out hard the first three days of the week of district," Kayser said. "All the teams are gearing up to hit their high-point totals that week."
Freshman Shannon Downie led Coffman in the league meet, winning the all-around in a season-high 35.825. The Shamrocks had three others place in the top six in the all-around, with Fusco placing third (35.125), Pitts placing fourth (35.0) and Edwards finishing sixth (34.625).
Downie placed second on bars (9.0) and third on beam (9.075), vault (8.95) and floor (8.8). Fusco was runner-up on beam (9.15) and placed fourth on vault (8.9), and Edwards and Pitts tied for second on vault (9.1).
Senior Meigan Way was Coffman's only gymnast to win an individual event, finishing first on floor with a 9.175.
"Downie had her first 9 on beam and season-highs on vault and floor, Fusco had season-highs on vault and beam and Edwards had a season-high on vault," Kayser said. "It was a great day."
Celtics fall short of OCC-Capital title
Jerome was unable to defend its OCC-Capital title, as it scored a 122.85 in the league meet to finish behind Bradley (128.925) and ahead of Olentangy Orange (120.05), Franklin Heights (107.525), Big Walnut (105.5) and Central Crossing (104.35).
The Celtics, who went 3-2 in league duals, tied Orange (4-1) for second in the overall OCC-Capital standings with 18 points, behind Bradley (24, 5-0) and ahead of Franklin Heights (10, 1-4), Central Crossing (8, 2-3) and Big Walnut (6, 0-5).
In the league meet, freshman Maddy Haab was runner-up in the all-around (32.95) and sophomore Marisa Mangini placed fifth (31.725).
"We're very happy with what we did," coach Kristen Willms said. "We were without Madisson Whitmer, who was at a funeral. Maddy and Marisa had great meets. Maddy even fell on the beam and still was second in the all-around. I was very happy that (sophomore) Faith Pearson and (freshman) Elizabeth Holden filled in great for Whitmer.
"The one thing people may not realize is that we haven't had anyone older than a sophomore compete for us this season. Our one senior, Jacqueline Schroeder, had knee surgery in November and was done for the season. So we're still babes, which makes the future very exciting."
Haab won bars (8.45) and placed third on beam (8.3), fourth on floor (8.35) and eighth on vault (7.85). Mangini was runner-up on floor (8.5), tied for second on vault (8.175) and placed fifth on beam (7.85) and eighth on bars (7.2).
Freshman Amy Luo tied for sixth on beam (7.8) and placed ninth in all-around (29.925). Pearson finished 14th in the all-around (27.55).
"I think Maddy and Marisa both have a chance to qualify for state, but they have to hit their routines when it counts," Willms said. "Maddy's best hopes (of advancing to state) are bars and beam and Marisa's is floor."
Last season, Jerome scored a program-record 131.7 at district to finish eighth.
Xu, Pattisam lead Irish in OCC meet
Scioto scored an 89.25 in the OCC-Central meet to finish behind Kilbourne (137.45), Hilliard Davidson (127.225), Olentangy Liberty (125.525), Delaware (111.25) and Westland (101.525).
The Irish, who went 1-4 in league duals, tied Westland (0-5) for fifth in the overall OCC-Central standings with six points, behind Kilbourne (24, 5-0), Liberty (18, 4-1), Davidson (18, 3-2) and Delaware (12, 2-3).
The league title is Kilbourne's fourth in a row.
In the league meet, junior Monica Xu finished 12th on beam (7.2), 13th in the all-around (27.85) and 17th on vault (7.55). Freshman Sonia Pattisam finished 17th in the all-around (24.65), 18th on bars (5.9) and 22nd on vault (7.15).
Last season, Scioto finished 23rd (98.725) at district.