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SPSL NORTH GYMNASTICS CAPSULE

AT A GLANCE

• FAVORITES: Kentlake and Auburn Riverside.

• OUTLOOK: Kentake looks like the team to beat this season with a strong core of returning state competitors including Brianne Gould, Lynnsey Thielman and Becca Peterson. Couple in the addition of senior Kayla Shira, a Level 10 club gymnast competing for her school for the first time, and the Lady Falcons could run the table in the SPSL North. The team has already hit the 170 team score mark this season and could do it again. … Auburn Riverside steps up from the 3A classification where it was seventh at the state meet last season. The team returns junior Rebecca Turnbow, a state competitor who recovered from dual ankle injuries suffered at the district and state meets last season. Mix in returners Kylee Smith and Paige Crawford with newcomer Ali Rodseth, and the Ravens could contend with Kentlake for the team title. … The Kentwood Conquerors will look to returning seniors Becca Daniel and Jamie Larsen and sophomore Alison Wattles to aid their quest for a league title. Senior newcomer Alex Perez will also lend a hand. … Federal Way will look to recover from the loss of nine seniors from last season. The team returns junior Lydia Berger and sophomore Taryn Paschke and adds newcomer Valarie Pham. … Kent-Meridian returns all-around state competitor Nora Keith who finished 7th in state at the vault last season. Also back are senior Savannah Diaz and sophomores Kin Concillado and Jenna Crain. … The Auburn gymnastics team also jumps up in classification from the 3A where sophomore Alexis Moore qualified for all four events and was 33rd in the all-around on the state meet. Senior Amanda Hainer also has state experience. … The Tahoma Bears have their deepest squad ever, with 40 gymnasts turning out for the team this season. Look for state qualifier Hannah Stickney, who competed in the beam, to pace the team.

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