Lyons' Kelsy Kurfirst performs on the balance beam during the Hinsdale Central girls gymnastics sectional Wednesday, February 6, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
There was immense disparity between Lyons and the rest of the six-team field in Wednesday’s Hinsdale Central sectional.
Lyons, which has been flirting with a 150 most of the season while none of the other teams reached 140 in their respective regionals, cruised to victory as expected, finishing with 149.25 points.
The rest of the field was crowded, but still, runner-up Hinsdale Central was more than eight points behind the state-bound Lions, scoring a 140.9.
Lyons advanced to the state finals for an impressive 12th time in the past 17 years and 7th time in coach Kari Karubas’ eight years at the helm.
“We went just about 20-for-20 with no major breaks tonight,” Karubas said. “I’m excited to get back in the gym and fix some things between now and next Friday and Saturday, but I’m very pleased with how the girls are coming along.”
Lyons sophomore Kelsy Kurfist took home the all-around title with a 38.350. She tied Hinsdale Central’s Erin Morgan for first on vault with a 9.725 and also had top honors on bars with a 9.7 and floor with a 9.525.
“We were definitely happy with what we were able to do tonight,” Kurfirst said. “It’s exciting to see that our hard work is starting to pay off.”
Morgan also was impressive for the Red Devils, winning beam with a 9.425 and placing second in the all-around with a 37.625.
“I had a lot of confidence knowing it was my final sectional meet,” Morgan said. “I just wanted to make sure it was a good one.”
Andrew’s Jamie Valla was third in the all-around with 35.575 while Shepard freshman Skylor Hilger and Lyons junior Michelle Cozza tied for fourth with a 37.550.
“I was in a lot of pain tonight but just told myself it was four routines,” Valla said. “I pushed through it.”
Naperville North edged Lincoln-Way co-op, 139.575 to 139.25 for third place.
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