Central Crossing High School gymnastics coach Lavon Maynard relishes the opportunity to give advice in hopes of improving the skills of her athletes.

Central Crossing High School gymnastics coach Lavon Maynard relishes the opportunity to give advice in hopes of improving the skills of her athletes.

In seasons past, her job was made a little easier as the Comets were led by Jennifer Lippold and Katie Noojin. They accomplished many feats, including qualifying for the state meet.

With no one to take their places, Maynard has reverted to aggressively giving advice and helpful information in hopes of molding a young and inexperienced group.

"When you have girls like Lippold and Noojin that have been involved in gymnastics pretty much their entire childhood, they are easy to coach, they have the skills, we just had to make sure they put them together in a routine to meet high school requirements," Maynard said. "When coaching newcomers you can't take for granted that they know the basics."

Not helping matters has been the loss of junior Hailee Thornton (broken ankle). Also, senior Katie Swank (knee) and junior Melissa Lindsey (flu) have missed several competitions. Lindsey had been finishing in the top three during several meets and Swank had performed well on floor.

The team's other senior, Kirstyn Harr, has excelled, earning the team's best all-around score in several meets.

Sophomore Cara Heavener and freshmen Diana Alvarado, Savannah Dorsey and Marissa Cajigal have had to grow up in a hurry. Maynard has seen many positives.

"I am impressed with the girls, especially the newcomers, so far," she said. "Considering they entered the gym in November with no previous experience and started competing in December they are doing great."

Maynard is looking to keep the Comets heading in the right direction.

"Staying motivated at this point in the season is always a challenge, especially with such a young team," she said. "So our focus is to continue to improve our skills to raise our difficulty in our routines. I'm hoping everyone will be healthy and we can compete as a full team."

•Grove City finished second (133.775) to Mentor (136.175) last Saturday in the Worthington Kilbourne Invitational.

Nicole Saunders won the all-around (34.8) and bars (8.7) and Brittany Maynard was first (9.25) on floor.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Central Crossing and Grove City gymnastics teams:

CENTRAL CROSSING

Jan. 19 -- Finished third (110.6) behind Big Walnut (125.4) and Olentangy (117.525) and ahead of Westland (108.075)

Jan. 21 -- Finished third (83.4) behind Upper Arlington (123.2) and Westland (108.15)

Last Wednesday -- Competed at Dublin Scioto

Feb. 12 -- At South-West Classic at Winning Edge vs. Grove City and Westland

GROVE CITY

Last Saturday -- Finished second (133.775) to Mentor (136.175) in Worthington Kilbourne Invitational

Last Monday -- Competed against Hilliard Darby

Feb. 7 -- At Heath

Feb. 12 -- At South-West Classic