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Wildcat sophomore Amanda Guise eyes her landing spot on the 4-inch wide balance beam while performing an aerial maneuver at the River Falls Gymnastics Invitational Saturday at the high school gym. Guise, the defending WIAA Division 2 state champion on the beam, finished second in a challenging 60-competitor field with a score of 9.075. The Wildcats won the 12-team tournament with a score of 139.35. Bob Burrows photo

Gymnasts soar to invite title

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Wildcat gymnastics coach Shelly Kahut-Loomis hoped Thursday's Big Rivers Conference loss to Eau Claire North/Memorial would serve as a wake-up call for the team.

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She was right.

The Cats rebounded from their first dual loss in over three years by winning the 12-team River Falls Invitational Saturday at the high school.

"This meet was more like it," Kahut-Loomis said. "They performed much better than Thursday night. I think we are on the right track."

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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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