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Brian Whipple, left, and Shelly Kahut-Loomis have stepped down as coaches for the Wildcat gymnastics team after 13 years coaching together. Whipple started as an assistant in 1997 and remained with the program when Kahut-Loomis returned as the head coach in 1999. Together the pair helped guide the Cats to five state titles. Bob Burrows photo

Gymnastics coaches say goodbye

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Over the last 13 years, the Wildcat gymnastics team has solidified its position as one of the most successful high school teams in the state, in any sport.


Eleven straight trips to the WIAA State Tournament, five state championships, four state runner-up finishes, nine Big Rivers Conference titles, the list goes on and on.

But when the 2012-13 team meets for the first day of practice Monday, Nov. 5, two people who helped create the Wildcat gymnastics dynasty won't be there.

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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