Columbus North sophomore Emily Moore has been recognized as Most Valuable Performer for the Bull Dogs’ 2019-2020 gymnastics team.
Moore placed fifth in the all-around with a score of 37.875 in the 2020 staet meet while leading the Bull Dogs to fifth place as a team. Her efforts that day included a tie for second play on balance beam with a 9.575, a tie for third on uneven parallel bars with a 9.375, a tie for ninth on vault with a 9.500 and a tie for 11th on floor exercise with a 9.425. She was a repeat winner of the team MVP award.
Earlier, Moore claimed titles in all four events and the all-around in the Conference Indiana and Columbus East Sectional meets. She also won the beam and floor while placing second on vault, eighth on bars and second in the all-around in the Columbus East Regional.
Others receiving special accolades were senior Sami Heathcote and sophomore Madi Edwards. They were respective winners of the Bull Dog Award and the Most Improved Award.
Heathcote placed 12th in the all-around with a 36.575 at state, where she also was named winner of the IHSAA’s Mildred M. Ball Award for mental attitude. Heathcote’s event finishes at state included a tie for seventh on floor with a 9.450, a tie for 12th on vault with a 9.400, a tie for 20th on bars with an 8.800 and a 21st-place finish on beam with an 8.925.
Edwards competed in two events at state. She tied for 33rd on vault with an 8.975 and finished 34th on bars with an 8.200. Edwards was presented the team’s Most Improved Award for the second consecutive season.
In other recognitions, Moore was named first-team All-State and Heathcote was chosen second-team All-State by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association. Also, Heathcote plus seniors Alyane Davis, Grace Ellis and Ashley Niebrugge were honored as ICGSA first-team Academic All-State athletes.
Moore, Heathcote, Davis and Edwards all were first-team all-Conference Indiana after respective finishes of first, second, third and fifth in the all-around in the CI meet. Moore set two CI records and tied a school record in that meet, her all-around score of 38.500 setting a CI mark and her 9.775 on beam setting school and CI bests.
Heathcote and Niebrugge were feted as the team captains.
Those earning varsity letters were seniors Spandy Balanaga, Alayne Davis, Grace Ellis, Sami Heathcote and Ashley Niebrugge; sophomores Madi Edwards, Abby Jacobi, Emily Moore and Aiyannah Scism (manager); and freshman Lindsey Mullis.
JV awards were presented to sophomores Nakita Purkey and Elizabeth Richards as well as freshmen Marieme Niang, Kila Seaver and Angie Villegas. Freshman Phoenix Thur completed the squad, but she was unable to compete because of injuries.
PHOTO: Sophomore Emily Moore competes on floor exercise in the Columbus East Regional on March 9, 2020. Moore was named MVP of the Columbus North gymnastics team for the second consecutive season.