Gymnasts succeed at Junior Olympic finals in Moscow

Hailey’s Spirit n’ Motion had four athletes competing last weekend at the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Idaho State Championships in Moscow this past weekend.

Level 7s Katherine Shafer and Sydney Nickum enjoyed fine state meets. Katherine captured fourth place in all-around and was a state champion placing fifth on vault, second on balance beam and first place for floor. Sydney finished ninth in all-around and was a sixth place champion in bars.

Level 6s Shayne Burrell and Maria Gil Salinas each finished 10th in the all-around. Shayne was a third-place champion on vault and sixth-place champion on balance beam. Maria was a second-place champion for floor exercise and eighth-place champion on the bars.

Coach Amanda Wilson said, They did great! These athletes had an amazing year.”

Check photos of the state athletes on today’s web site.


Idaho Xcel Gymnastics state finals March 23-24 in Hailey

 Hailey’s Spirit ‘n Motion Athletic School (SMAS) hosts the Idaho State Xcel Gymnastics Championships on Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24 at Wood River High School gym, Hailey. Around 350 athletes from Idaho are registered to compete including 25 from Spirit ‘n Motion. Spectators are invited to watch and enjoy.

Saturday’s schedule starting about 9 a.m. features Xcel Bronze beginner-level athletes through 11:30 a.m. The competitive levels dominate the rest of Saturday—Levels 4/5 for 12-and-under and 12-and-up from 1-5 p.m., and Xcel Platinum/Diamond for Levels 6/7 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Sunday’s sessions from 9-11:30 a.m. are for Xcel Silver Senior (Levels 2/3, 10-and-up) and Xcel Silver Junior (10-and-under) group from 12:30-3 p.m. Adult day passes are $15, or $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for toddlers (ages 3-5).

Spirit ‘n Motion is home to several of the top ranked gymnasts in the state and Region 2, and all are very excited to compete locally. Visit SMAS head coach is Amanda Wilson.


Carey, Camas athletes compete at Kimberly track meet

The host Kimberly Bulldogs posted the highest team scores (174.4 boys and 192 points girls) in the 10-school Kimberly Spring Opener Thursday, March 14.

Track-and-field girls from 1A Division 2 Camas County of Fairfield (5th place, 57 points) and 1A Div. 2 Carey School (8th, 38.5) along with Carey’s boys (6th, 38.4 points) posted encouraging results in a loaded field of 3A and 2A teams.

Highlights included: Carey junior Brigham Parke first place high jump (5-10); Carey junior Brittany Conrad first place shotput (34-3.25, PR);

Camas County sophomore Samantha McFadyen first place high jump (5-10) and thirds 100-meter dash (13.37) and 200m (28.62); Carey junior Carson Simpson seconds at 100m (11.91) and 200m (24.60); Carey junior Bailie Morey second 300m intermediate hurdles (53.65) and third 100m high hurdles (16.90); and Carey senior Porter Mecham third place 200m (24.99).


WRHS track and field debuts at Mountain Home meet

Wood River High School senior Brayden Olson won the boys’ high jump at 5-10 Friday during the Mountain Home Quad track and field meet won by the Mountain Home boys (111 points) and the Idaho Falls girls (111).

Hailey sophomore Star Herron had a good day, tying for first in shotput (29-5.5) and placing second in 200-meter dash (29.77) and 400m (1:08.05).

Other WRHS highlights: Junior Davis Ros second triple jump (36-5.5); senior Will McGonigal second 3200m (10:22.78); senior Christian Bothwell third 800m (2:04.37); senior Karina Stelck third discus (96-3); junior Kate Stone third 100m (14.69); and sophomore Paige Madsen third triple jump (29-3).

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