July 30, 1996 |
On the final night of one of the most illustrious careers in U.S. gymnastics history, Shannon Miller found a little something inside herself that had never been there before. The result was a near-perfect performance on the balance beam, and Miller finally had her individual gold. Miller, 19, who shared in this year's team gold medal, is retiring after these Centennial Olympics. Along with her two silver and three bronze medals from Barcelona four years ago, Miller leaves as the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history.
February 25, 1991 |
The average person who finished first in the state in anything would not be down. Then again, West Chester Henderson's Angie Varney is not the average person. Varney won the balance beam at Saturday's PIAA championship meet at Shippensburg University with a 9.05 and was third in the floor exercise with a 9.2. But the only thing running through her mind after the meet was the vault she did not hit. Gymnasts get two vaults, and the better score counts. Varney hit her first one, a handspring, but then missed her second one, a handspring front.
July 5, 1990 |
At a weeklong camp last week in Conshohocken, 63 children learned the basics of gymnastics. The camp, which was sponsored by the Conshohocken Fellowship House, was broken into two groups - beginners age 6 to 12, and advanced students over age 12. The children learned such skills as stretching, walking on a balance beam and working on the uneven bars.
February 1, 1990 |
PERFORMING A HANDSTAND on the balance beam is Christine La Broli of West Chester East. Manheim Townhip's Leigh Miller won first in the event as the Lancaster County visitors beat East 127.55-122.20 in Monday's meet.
February 27, 1989 |
What stands out the most in Abington gymnast Tracy Kerner's style is her confidence. She exudes it, smiles it, breathes it. With steady, aggressive and completely self-assured performances, this 15- year-old sophomore handily captured the PIAA state advanced all-around title Saturday in Shippensburg with a record-breaking 37.5 total points. The state point-total record of 36.85 was set in 1986 by Donna Fletcher, formerly of Ridley High School. Kerner won three more gold medals in individual events, sweeping the vaulting event with a 9.6, the floor exercise with a 9.45 and the balance beam with a 9.25.
May 14, 1987 |
There is a sports cliche that says good athletes are able to shake off a bad performance and put it behind them. By that definition, Donna Fletcher is a good athlete. At last weekend's United States Gymnastics Federation (USGF) Class One and Advanced Optional Regional Championship at Montgomery County Community College, the Ridley High School junior rebounded from a subpar showing in Saturday's compulsory events to post an outstanding performance in the optional events Sunday.
February 6, 1989 |
There are certain advantages to having a twin sister on your gymnastics team, as Strath Haven seniors Andrea and Lisa DiPaolo have discovered. The motivation to perform a difficult move is strong. When one twin successfully completes the move, the other must also push to do it. "If Lisa gets something before I get it, I have to do it. There's no way that she's going to get it and I'm not going to," says Andrea. Lisa says, "We push each other . . . If she gets wimpy, I get mad. " Their mutual motivation seems to carry into other sports, since both DiPaolos played varsity field hockey this fall and will play varsity lacrosse in the spring, as they did last year.
January 30, 1989 |
To anyone watching a Strath Haven gymnastics meet, 16-year-old Melanie Glick seems to be just another member of the Panthers' team. Wearing the same black, purple and pink leotard as the rest of the team, no one would suspect that she is actually a Penncrest High School student. Although Glick has spent the last two seasons competing as an individual, she has become an adopted member of Strath Haven's team because Penncrest, as have many other schools in recent years, dropped its gymnastics program.
January 30, 1995 |
Representatives from three Southeastern Pennsylvania gymnastics clubs came home with a planeload of medals after competing Jan. 19-22 in the Sunshine Cup in Nassau, the Bahamas. Competition was conducted at the Crystal Palace for Levels 8 and up for gymnasts from the top 40 club teams in the United States. Because of the large number of competitors, there were three divisions for Level 8 individuals and three for Level 9, but only one team competition for each level. The three area clubs, Philadelphia Gymnastic Center of West Conshohocken, Watkins Gymnastics of West Chester and Central Bucks Gymnastics of Doylestown, came home with a team title, three all-around championships and four individual gold medals among them.
January 8, 1991 |
Woodlynde School's volleyball team usually has played a couple of matches by now. That isn't the case this season. The Warriors still are on the sidelines. They host Baldwin School on Friday in the long-awaited season-opener. "We usually have at least one before the holidays," coach Jean Gerstemeier said. "This year, most of the kids went away a little earlier for their break, so we couldn't play any. "We did get in some practices before the holidays, and we'll work on some things in practice this week.