Girls gymnastics: Stevenson's Weinstein doesn't hesitate

 
By Rusty Silber
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 11/30/2016 10:39 PM
hello
  • Stevenson's Johnna Geick competes on vault during girls gymnastics action Wednesday night at Libertyville.

      Stevenson's Johnna Geick competes on vault during girls gymnastics action Wednesday night at Libertyville. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Libertyville coach Tiffany Owens, left, high-fives Constance Zanze after her beam routine against Stevenson on Wednesday at Libertyville.

      Libertyville coach Tiffany Owens, left, high-fives Constance Zanze after her beam routine against Stevenson on Wednesday at Libertyville. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Libertyville's Ima Wasemann competes on the beam against Stevenson on Wednesday night at Libertyville.

      Libertyville's Ima Wasemann competes on the beam against Stevenson on Wednesday night at Libertyville. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Libertyville's Kylie Skie competes on the beam during girls gymnastics action against Stevenson on Wednesday at Libertyville.

      Libertyville's Kylie Skie competes on the beam during girls gymnastics action against Stevenson on Wednesday at Libertyville. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Stevenson's Riley Polatsek competes on the floor exercise Wednesday night at Libertyville.

      Stevenson's Riley Polatsek competes on the floor exercise Wednesday night at Libertyville. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Stevenson's Emily Weinstein competes on floor exercise during Wednesday night at Libertyville.

      Stevenson's Emily Weinstein competes on floor exercise during Wednesday night at Libertyville. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

A few months back, Emily Weinstein wasn't sure she would be ready to make her varsity debut by the time the gymnastics season started.

The Stevenson freshman broke a couple of bones in her left arm over the summer. But Wednesday night, she competed in two events at Libertyville. She took top honors on floor exercise with an 8.7 and also performed a routine on the balance beam.

Her efforts helped Stevenson get past Libertyville 123.1 to 122.38 in a North Suburban Conference opener.

"I was nervous a bit," Weinstein said. "I broke the arm doing a bail on the bars. I had to have surgery and was just able to come back. I returned working out about four weeks ago."

Her performance on floor was a big plus for the Patriots.

"I was trying to stay positive, even though in warm-ups it didn't go as good," Weinstein said. "I just knew that everything I put into it helped me. As long as I stayed positive, I knew that I could do it."

Riley Polatsek (8.575) and Johnna Geick (8.125) finished second and third on the floor for the Patriots, while Zoe Hinz had the top score (8.15) on beam. Hinz was second in the all-around (30.475), and Polatsek chalked up first on bars (7.6).

"They did a lot of new skills and combinations," Stevenson coach Judy Harwood said. "They were fairly successful. With our score, there's no place but to go up."

Libertyville's Kylie Skie took a year off from gymnasts as a freshman but returned this year. She had the top honors in the all-around (30.675) and also took first place on vault (8.375).

"It's definitely taking some time coming back," Skie said. "After taking some time off, it definitely doesn't feel as comfortable. It's a little awkward. Hopefully, as the season goes on, I can improve and get the feel back. I still have some of my basics, but I don't have my advanced skills quite yet. It's tough to come back because how mental this sport is. A lot of times it can be really scary to try the old skills that I haven't done for so long."

Ima Waseman placed second in the all-around for the Wildcats (30.575). She was also second on beam (8.1) and vault (8.35) and third on bars (7.325). Constance Zanze finished second on bars (7.4), and Emily Agemaura placed third on vault (8).

"We have a couple of new varsity members on the team," Libertyville coach Tiffany Owens said. "I thought they did well. We tried skills that they have not competed before. I thought it was a good opener. We only have room to grow and get better."

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.