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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.

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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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