While all the other winter sports seasons began more than a month ago, the gymnastics teams across the state didn’t get things going until after the new year. Finally, on Monday, January 13, the Falmouth-Mashpee gymnastics squad tumbled into a new season by picking up where it left off a year ago. Behind strong showings up and down the lineup, the Flippers began the season with a 134.3-113.9 victory over the Carver High squad.
Throughout their existence as a program the F-M ladies have excelled on the vault, and that trend continued as the team put up a 35.5 score in their first effort of the season. Ava Kelley topped the scoreboard for the Flippers, scoring a 9.4 on her top effort. Hannah Binette scored 8.6, Molly LeBrun had an 8.7 and Ava DeSimone scored 8.8. Carver scored 33.7 in the event, with Cheyanne Northrup’s 8.6 topping the squad.
On the bars, F-M scored a total 31.9 points. Binette shone in the event, scoring an 8.7 to lead the way. Kailyn Westgate hit for a 7.45, Shayne Fraser had a 7.85 and DeSimone scored 7.9. Carver scored just 23.7 on the bars, with Erin Carey’s 7.2 topping the team.
F-M scored the same on the balance beam as it did on the bars. Fraser’s 8.4 was the top score for the team, while Casey Baumann and Binette both scored 8.0. DeSimone had a 7.5 for the Flippers. Carver finished the event with a 24.6, with Caleigh Gilbert’s 6.4 leading the Crusaders.
Rounding things off, F-M did very well on the floor exercise, netting a total 35 points. Binette’s 8.9 led the way, followed by Baumann (8.8), DeSimone (8.7) and Victoria Reynolds (8.6). All six F-M performers scored at least an 8.2 in the event, with Daelyn Peters and Fraser also doing well. Carver scored 31.9 on the floor exercise, led by an 8.5 by Jessica Baldwin.