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Freshman All-Around winner Jeanna Van Hoey leads Bishop Dwenger to Title
Bishop Dwenger recorded its second IHSAA Gymnastics championship in three years
and its third overall with a tight victory over runner-up Lawrence Central at
the 33rd Annual IHSAA Gymnastics State Finals at
became the first freshman to win the IHSAA all-around crown since Angie Cook of
Lawrence Central junior Ashley Jacob won her second individual event state championship with an outstanding 9.900 in the vault. She had won the uneven bars as a freshman in 2002-03. Jacob finished third in the all-around competition (37.800) to lead coach Michelle Annee’s second-ranked Bears to their second state runner-up finish.
Center Grove senior Natalie Hesler prevailed in the floor exercise with a 9.75 score. She finished second in the all-around competition (37.800) and on the uneven bars (9.55), receiving the Mildred M. Ball Mental Attitude Award following the meet. Coach Eric Howe’s top-ranked Trojans placed third in the meet.
Final Team Scores
1. Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 112.825
3. Center Grove 110.625
5. Crown Point 107.750
8. McCutcheon 101.275
Vault – Ashley
Uneven Bars – Jeanna Van Hoey, 9, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, 9.550
Balance Beam –
Megan Cherry, 11,
Floor Exercise – Natalie Hesler, 12, Center Grove, 9.750
All-Around – Jeanna Van Hoey, 9, Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, 38.025
Center Grove’s Natalie Hesler wins Mildred M. Ball Mental Attitude Award
Central Grove senior Natalie Hesler is the 2004-05 recipient of the Mildred M. Ball Mental Attitude Award for girls’ gymnastics as selected by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee. Hesler won the floor exercise (9.750) and was second in the all-around (37.800) and the uneven bars (9.550).
Hesler is a three-time all-state performer who made her fourth consecutive trip to the state finals in 2005. She finished second in the all around, beam and floor exercise, fourth on the bars, and sixth on the vault as a junior in 2004. Hesler placed fourth on the beam as a sophomore in 2003 and fourth in the all-around as a freshman in 2002.
Hesler ranks 35th in a senior class of 436 at Center Grove with a 3.76 cumulative grade point average. She has earned Academic All-State, National Honor Society, and National Honor Roll recognition.
“Natalie is an outstanding student dedicated to academic excellence,” said Center Grove interim principal Matthew Shockley. “Her academic success is a direct reflection of her intellect, work ethic, and ability to organize and prioritize her efforts. Natalie is an outstanding young woman, model citizen, and a fine ambassador of Center Grove. Adults have described her as humble, loyal, dedicated, hard-working, honest, thoughtful, and kind-hearted.”
Award recipients, nominated by their principals and coaches, must excel in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership, and athletic ability in gymnastics.
The award is named in honor of Mrs. Ball, who served the IHSAA as an assistant commissioner from 1977 until her retirement in 1997. Among her responsibilities were the licensing and training of officials and administering tournaments in gymnastics, golf, tennis, and soccer. She also served on the Gymnastics Rules Committee and the Equity Committee of the National Federation of State High School Associations.
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Muncie’s Jane Murray Honored as Outstanding Official
Jane Murray, a licensed IHSAA gymnastics official now in her 27th year, is the 2005 recipient of the Interscholastic Officials Association Award for excellence in gymnastics.
Each year, the IHSAA, in cooperation with the National Federation of Interscholastic Officials Association, recognizes and honors an outstanding official in each of 11 sports during the school year.
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