At Pierre’s first ever home state tournament on Friday and Saturday, the Govs finished sixth out of eight teams with a team score of 137.8. In the individual competition, senior Nevaeh Karber finished in ninth place with her all-around score, and was named to the all-tournament team.
Pierre Head Coach Rebecca Feller said the girls enjoyed the opportunity to perform at the state tournament in front of their home fans.
“It was awesome,” Feller said. “The girls got to sleep in their own bed, and perform in their own gym. It wasn’t their own equipment, but it was pretty close.”
On Friday, the Govs competed in team events. Feller said her team recovered well after making some mistakes on bar, earning high scores on the other three events.
“There were a couple of events that had some hiccups, but other than that they kind of battled back in the last three events,” Feller said. “We had some nice scores on beam, vault, and floor, and I’m really happy with how they performed.”
Karber was also happy with the way the team performed, and noted that they improved on their score at the state championship last year.
“I’m really happy with how we did,” Karber said. “I feel like we improved a lot this year — we lost a lot of people but improved our scores.”
Mitchell finished first in the team competition with a score of 151.4. The closest competitor was Harrisburg, who finished with a score of 149.9.
On Saturday, during the individual competition, Karber ended things on a high note, placing with her all-around score and making the all-tournament team.
Karber said making the all-tournament team was a pleasant surprise.
“It felt good to do all of my routines without falling, unlike my last time competing,” Karber said. “I was a little surprised, but it felt good.”
Feller was proud to see Karber recognized among the state’s best as her high school career came to a close.
“It was awesome to have Nevaeh get all-tournament and place in the all-around,” Feller said. “She is our senior, so it’s always nice to see them go out that way.”
Harrisburg sophomore Katelyn Maeschen finished first overall in the all-around competition.
While the athletes were competing in the Pierre gym, a group of volunteers were making essential contributions to make sure that everything ran according to the designated schedule. Pierre Athletic Director Brian Moser said the contributions of the volunteers at the event were crucial for its success.
“I think it went really, really well,” Moser said. “I’m very happy with the schedule and the time frame and all of the things we tried to implement. All of our volunteers did a fantastic job. The people who volunteered and spent the last two days here, the people who helped move equipment — I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”