Sidelines: Palm Coast concludes its season that was worth jumping around for; FPC track runners sign letters to forward education and careers

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A season worth jumping around for

Palm Coast Gymnastics concluded its season at the AAU State Championships last week at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.

Over 1,500 athletes competed from levels 1-10. PCG walked away with many state champions and a record-breaking All-Around score for PCG history. The previous record holder for the highest All-Around was Rachel Kolodin, who scored a 38.40 in 2008 as a level-3. This season Madelin Sims broke the record with a 38.475 in level-4 at the state competition.

Emily Bell, one of our seniors was awarded the Eddie Wortman Team Florida Gymnastics Scholarship.  Emily will be attending Gustavus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, on a full-academic scholarship as well as competing on their gymnastics team.

Altogether, PCG won two team championships (Level-2 and Level 4), and these were the individual championships won throughout the season:

Individual All Around champions: Leilany Rosa 37.425, Trista Riffe 37.275, Madelin Sims 38.475, Kayla Ramirez 37.275, Paige Hall 37.60, Aiyanna Lynch 36.125, Skylar Maxwell 37.50, Kelsey Spurill 36.40; Vault champions: Ava Long 9.4, Trista Riffe 9.35, Madelin Sims 9.55, Mae Fasnacht 9.45, Paige Hall 9.475, Aiyanna Lynch 8.95, Bergyn Baliton 9.0; Uneven Bar champions: Karina Marcelus 2 9.725, Mikayla Maldzhiev 9.375, Katherine Oulette 9.25, Kayla Dalton 9.475, Meilyna Cordero 9.425, Leilany Rosa 9.4, Madelin Sims 9.575, Adrianna Newbolt 9.075, Kayla Ramirez 9.225,

Peyton Halliday, Yianna Dragoslis, Emily Bell, Hannah Wisniewski, Giuliana Klioze, Flynn Baliton
Peyton Halliday, Yianna Dragoslis, Emily Bell, Hannah Wisniewski, Giuliana Klioze, Flynn Baliton

Kelsey Spurill 9.225, Tori Phillips 9.6, Skylar Maxwell 9.6, Giuliana Klioze 9.375, Hannah Wisniewski 9.25; Balance Beam champions: Paityn Lawrence 9.3, Mikayla Maldzhiev 9.7, Kayla Ramirez 9.45, Aiyanna Lynch 9.05, Riley White 9.15, Bergyn Baliton 9.7, Lucie Dudley 9.15, Hannah Wisniewski 9.125; Floor Exercise Champions: Kelsey Spurill 9.25, Leilany Rosa 9.225, Ashley Kassan 8.925, Madelin Sims 9.75, Melinda Aue 9.575, Mae Fasnacht 9.65, Kayla Ramirez 9.65, Lucie Dudley 8.85, Tori Phillips 9.3.

“We are very proud of all the girls and their accomplishments this season,” said coach Kelly Flagler. “We are already thinking of next year and ready to make more improvements and break more records.”

Next line of business

Ka'Deem Wynn. Photo by Jeff Dawsey
Ka'Deem Wynn. Photo by Jeff Dawsey

Flagler Palm Coast track runners Ka'Deem Wynn and Cianna Gopie recently held their college signings together as they chose the places they would further their education and running careers.

Wynn is headed to the Campbell University in North Carolina, where he will major in Journalism, an area he has familiarized himself with over the last few years.

Wynn is a four-year varsity letterman for track, a three-time FHSAA Track & Field state qualifier, a four-time FACA First-Team All-State Honoree and a two-time Daytona Beach News-Journal Track & Field First Team All-Area selection.

Cianna Gopie. Photo by Jeff Dawsey
Cianna Gopie. Photo by Jeff Dawsey

Gopie will head to the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. She is a Second-Team All-Area cross country selection, an MVP for cross country, a 4x800-meter relay district champion and an 800-meter district champion.

Something smells fishy!

FPC baseball player Dawson Hanson recently didn’t have a glove in hand when he fought off a 7-foot shark to catch a 20-pound tarpon behind his house in Marathon.

John Durish, 16, Palm Coast resident Judith’s grandson, caught a spotted sea trout from our dock in Palm Coast over Easter weekend, using a Mirrolure Mirrodine lure. It was 32 inches and weighed over 15 pounds.

Dawson Hansen
Dawson Hansen
John Durish
John Durish




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