October 20, 2013

Leonards lead way for Beekmantown

PLATTSBURGH — Overcoming an up-and-down, injury-prone season, the Beekmantown Eagles put together a strong performance Saturday to win the Section VII Gymnastics Championship.

Beekmantown was led by its senior standout, Alyssa Leonard, who placed first in every event on her way to the best all-around score of 35.4.

“I feel like I preformed well, I could have done a little better, but I pushed as hard as I could for my last meet,” Leonard said.

Peru finished second with an overall score of 154.1, while Plattsburgh came in third with a 143.5.

The Eagles were fortunate to get another great performance from Erica Leonard, as she placed second in bars, third in beam, third in floor and second in the all-around.

Alyssa Leonard mentioned it was “very exciting” watching her sister place second in the all-around, and was very proud of the way her team “pulled it together” with the amount of injuries they have had.

“I’m so proud of my kids,” Beekmantown coach Sheree Trudeau said. “We had an up-and-down season, not so much wins and losses but injuries; we knew we had to have a close to perfect meet and keep it clean.”

With the win, Trudeau’s team will prepare for the state qualifiers. Unfortunately, the Eagles might be without Alyssa Leonard who is scheduled for surgery on her ankle.

“We have a couple months before states and a couple of our athletes are having surgery, so for them it’s about recovery. But for the rest of the girls the main thing is to stay in shape,” Trudeau said. “But, most of them are year-around gymnasts, so they practice almost everyday.

Peru was led by Alexandra Brown, and Molly Lawliss, who finished third and fourth, respectively in the overall.

Brown also tied fourth in bars and fifth in beam, while Lawliss placed sixth in vault, third in bars and fourth in floor.

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