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Jackets conference champs again

With senior Mikaela Eickschen limited due to injury, Perham needed big points from junior Satera Montella. They got those points. Montella finished third all-around.1 / 4
Mikaela Eickschen was limited due to an injury to her hip, but performed admirably when called upon.2 / 4
Kelsi Vomacka won the all-around title and set two school records during the Mid-State Conference meet.3 / 4
Carly Petersen finishes off a tumbling run during her floor routine.4 / 4

Kelsi Vomacka continued to prove invincible setting two school records leading the Yellowjackets to their ninth straight Mid-State Conference title.

The meet was the final home appearance of Vomacka and Mikaela Eickschen and Carly Petersen, the two other seniors on the squad.

Eickschen continues to compete with an injured hip, which was wrapped during her performance.

"Mikaela, we need her back to continue on into the state meet," Head Coach Charlie Fleck said in an interview on Lakes 99.5's Coaches Show.

Vomacka broke school records setting a new all-around score near perfection of 38.925. Vomacka held this record previously for nearly four years having scored a 38.675 in 2007.

Vomacka's second stab into Perham immortality happened when she became the school's all-time points leader. Vomacka surpassed former leader, Kourtney Johnson.

More records were to be broken as a battle on bars ensued. Vomacka put up a 9.8 to tie the school record but teammate Petersen would best Vomacka's performance by a fraction scoring a 9.85.

Petersen finished second to Vomacka in the all-around standings. She accumulated a 37.90 to Vomacka's 38.925.

Satera Montella, a junior the three seniors have been looking to for important meet points came through finishing third in the all-around.

The clean sweep of the top three all-around positions without Eickschen at 100 percent is indicitive of the strength of the Perham lineup.

Eickschen performed on beam and floor exercise. She finished sixth on beam with a score of 8.95 and third in an inspired floor exercise performance scoring 9.575. Discomfort from her injury was noticeable after her floor routine but not during.

The top four Jackets, Vomacka, Petersen, Eickschen and Montella were all named to the all-conference team, along with Jordyn Peterson, Jess Stelter and Amy Crawford of Detroit Lakes and Emma Buhr and Jessica Irish of Frazee.

Seventh grader Jordan Martinson and eighth grader Alexis Peichel were named honorable mention all-conference for the Yellowjackets.

Vomacka, Eickschen and Petersen were also named to the all-academic team.

The journey to a potential eighth straight state championship continues this coming Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Section 8-2A Championship meet in Detroit Lakes, beginning at noon.

2011 Mid-State Conference Championship SCORING SUMMARY: Vault Bars Beam Floor

1. Perham 149.60 -- 38.25 -- 36.15 -- 36.875 -- 38.325

2. Detroit Lakes 137.975 -- 34.175 -- 33.275 -- 35.35 -- 35.175

3. Park Rapids 112.90 -- 32.30 -- 22.90 -- 29.50 -- 28.20

4. Frazee 102.70 -- 31.10 -- 21.80 -- 25.55 -- 24.25

Vault

1. Carly Petersen (P) 9.85, 2. Kelsi Vomacka (P) 9.8, 3. Satera Montella (P) 9.55, 4. Jordan Martinson (P) 9.05, 5. Allison Berg (DL) 9.05, 6. Jessica Stelter (DL) 8.5, 7. Jessica Irish (F) 8.45. 8. Jordyn Peterson (DL) 8.4.

Uneven Bars

1. Vomacka (P) 9.55, 2. Petersen (P) 9.5, 3. Stelter (DL) 9.1, 4. Montella (P) 8.85, 5. J. Peterson (DL) 8.45, 6. Alexis Peichel (P) 8.25, 7. Claire Nelmark (DL) 7.925, 8. Berg (DL) 7.8, 9. Martinson (P) 7.6, 10. Maddie Hoffert (DL) 7.35.

Balance Beam

1. Vomacka (P) 9.775, 2. Stelter (DL) 9.5, 3. C. Petersen (P) 9.2, 4. J. Peterson (DL) 9.2, 5. Montella (P) 8.95, 6. Mikaela Eickschen (P) 8.95, 7. Martinson (P) 8.925, 8. Hoffert (DL) 8.55, 10. Morgan Eiter (DL) 8.1.

Floor Exercise

1. Vomacka (P) 9.8, Montella (P) 9.6, 3. Eickschen (P) 9.575, 4. Stelter (DL) 9.55, 5. C. Petersen (P) 9.35, 6. J. Peterson (DL) 9.075, 7. Martinson (P) 8.45, 8. Berg (DL) 8.45, Hoffert (DL) 8.45, 10. Eiter (DL) 8.0.

All-Around

1. Vomacka (P) 38.925, 2. C. Petersen (P) 37.90, 3. Montella (P) 36.95, 4. Stelter (DL) 36.65, 5. J. Peterson (DL) 35.125, 6. Martinson (P) 34.025, 7. Berg (P) 33.30, 8. Hoffert (DL) 32.25, 10. Irish (F) 29.50.

Robert Williams

Robert is the Sports Editor of the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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