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Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 3:39 PM

Gymnasts prove they belong

By Jorge Garcia The Johnstown Breeze
Gymnasts prove they belong

It’s hard to believe the Roosevelt gymnastics team has only been in existence for three seasons. In that time they have proven they are one of the best teams in the state – and with their youth – they’re only getting better.

Last weekend the team competed in the CHSAA state meet at Thornton High School. The meet itself was held over two days with the team portion being held on Friday while the individual competition was held on Saturday.

As a team the Lady Riders had a fantastic meet on Friday, scoring 175.1 points and placing 6th. Palmer Ridge took home the team crown with 183.85 points. Standley Lake (179.225) and Evergreen (179.15) rounded out

the top 3. This Roosevelt team is still young and holds a ton of promise for the future. One thing’s for certain, in three seasons they’ve definitely gained the respect of their peers around the state by placing in the top-10 in all three years of existence.

Only three years into their existence, the Roosevelt High School gymnastics team showed they are already a force to be reckoned with, placing 6th in team competition this past weekend at the state meet. Photo provided by Kim Hufford

Saturday was scheduled for individual competition and the crowning of the allaround champion. Roosevelt had three ladies compete: Rylie Krieger, Alea Piddington and Taegan Olson.

Piddington placed 8th in floor and Olson placed 4th in vault and 8th in the allaround.

In other Roosevelt sporting news: Volleyball’s season ended last week with losses to Golden 0-3 and Holy Family 0-3 in 4A’s Region 8 tournament.

This was the Riders second straight season in the postseason. Next season the Lady Riders will return all but two players. No doubt they’ll be experienced and primed to make the jump to the next level in 2024.

Football got off to a great start against Mountain View last Friday night, starting the game with a 21-0 lead at halftime. The Mountain Lions would not go quietly in the night though, roaring back in the second half and outscoring the Riders 21-7 but ultimately falling 28-21.

Despite the win the Riders fell one spot in the CHSSA seeding index to #9 for the playoffs, which means they’ll be on the road this week and most likely throughout the remainder of the playoffs.

Roosevelt will take on Riverdale Ridge in the first round of the playoffs this Friday night at 7 p.m.

The Ravens (seeded 8th) come into the contest with an 8-2 record, their only losses coming to Northfield in week 3 and last week to Mead 6-3. Riverdale Ridge enters the playoffs for the first time in school history and sports their first senior class since opening up the doors four years ago. Their most significant win came against Thompson Valley in week 4. It was a signature win for their program and no doubt they want another one against the defending state champion Rough Riders.

Last week the Riders showed they could play exceptionally good defense in the first half. The offense was running on all cylinders early on and they were on their way to a blowout after two quarters.

They played exactly how they must play this week against the Ravens. The motto for Roosevelt football is always to go 1-0 every play, every series, every week.

The learning period is over for these young Riders. Be 1-0 or go home. Survive and advance.