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Rockwall girls win state gymnastics title; boys take fourth

ARLINGTON – The powerhouse Rockwall girls gymnastics team took the lead in Thursday’s Compulsory competition, and held on to win the Texas High School Gymnastics Coaches Association state championship Friday at Arlington-Martin High School.

The Rockwall boys gymnastics team finished in fourth place, their highest place ever.

University of Kentucky recruit Kenzie Hedges led the Lady Jackets to their fourth state championship, finishing seventh all-around with a score of 77.125.

In Saturday’s individual finals, she placed second in the state on the uneven bars with an average score of 9.650 and fifth in the floor exercise (9.575).

Kailea Coles finished third on the balance beam (9.650) and 16th all-around with a score of 76.200.

Lindsay Loy finished ninth on the floor (9.375) and 10th on the beam (8.700).

Head coach Denise Hedges, Kenzie’s mother, said it was the overall team performance Friday on the beam and the floor that carried the Lady Jackets to the title. Their 232.050 points edged second-place San Angelo Central’s 231.200.

The Rockwall boy’s total of 321.600 trailed only champion Bryan Rudder (335.350), Kingwood (328.300) and Saginaw (324.800).

Bradley Meyer placed sixth all-around with a score of 110.550 to lead the Jackets. He also placed among the state’s top 10 in four individual events — third in the pommel horse (9.000), fifth on the high bar (8.400), sixth on the parallel bars (8.800) and ninth on the rings (8.050).

Craig Brannon finished fourth on the rings (9.300). He was 34th all-around at 100.050.

Zach Bennett finished 22nd all-around at 103.350 and Michael Weidman 26th all-around with 101.700.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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