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Detroit Lakes in pursuit of perfection at state gymnastics meet

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Detroit Lakes senior Allison Berg and the Lakers are back at the Minnesota Class 1A state gymnastics meet for a second consecutive season. Brian Basham / Forum News Service

Detroit Lakes, Minn. - The top-ranked Detroit Lakes gymnastics team is hoping for a perfect ending at this week’s Minnesota Class 1A state meet.
The Lakers have held the No. 1 ranking all season and completed the regular season undefeated with last weekend’s second straight Class 1A, Section 8 title.
In the process, the Lakers broke a school record in scoring. Their mark of 151.775 made the Lakers the 19th team in Minnesota history to score more than 150 in a section meet. It was the eighth-highest section score this season.
The Lakers also received the section academic gold championship award with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.902. To top it off, Steve Zamzo was named the section coach of the year.
“We’re really confident going in as a team, because there is a really good possibility we can take home first place for the first time,” senior Allison Berg said. “It’s a huge deal.”
Detroit Lakes has been to state in gymnastics in 1991, 1993, 2002 and last season. Last season, Detroit Lakes placed third and Berg captured a third-place vault finish.
“It’s a really nice feeling to finally get to show all the hard work that we’ve been putting in,” said Berg.
Prior to back-to-back section championships, Detroit Lakes played second fiddle to Perham, which won eight consecutive state titles from 2004-11.
“That was a big, big thing,” Zamzo said of beating Perham at the section meet. “That’s what drives them, ours and theirs. They’re motivated to be a better gymnast.”
The Lakers had three goals: Breaking the school record, winning the section and winning state – which would be the first winter season team title for Detroit Lakes in any sport.
DL gymnastics’ recent success at state began with Amy Crawford and Jessica Stelter.
Crawford is a state-record holder (9.725 in 2011) on balance beam and two-time beam champion 2010-11 and the 2011 uneven parallel bars champion. Jessica Stelter was the vault state champion in 2012.
“They didn’t have the team to back them up,” Zamzo said Crawford and Stelter.
That is something this year’s team has in bundles running two varsity squads, getting their youngest gymnasts varsity time and finding ways to fill holes and have particular gymnasts specialize. That allows Zamzo to capitalize on the strengths of nine different gymnasts who appeared in the section victory.
“It is a lot of pressure taken off knowing that if one girl falls the other girls will pick her up,” said Berg.
Williams is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes (Minn.) Tribune

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