February 2020 ROAR

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Coverage of Rockford athletics at all levels.

The Rams hosted their annual Flip

Flop Invitational in early January, and let

the competition know they were once

again going to be a force. The team was

led by five all-arounders – Averi Nixon,

Morgan Case, Ashley Faulkner, Joey Gair,

and Anna Tacey. All five placed in the

Top 6 in the event for Division 2. Further,

Tacey was crowned champion on beam,

Nixon placed first on floor, and Case

earned the title of all-around champion

for the event.

As a team, the Rams did so well they

tallied enough points to eclipse Farmington,

who was last year’s MHSAA State

Champion. This was a huge accomplishment,

as Farmington was also their only

loss last year.

There is a lot of depth on the team,

and although the Rams are currently

being led by those five all-arounders,

Ankney is quick to point out that Nicole

Curtis, Elise Kinlaw, Abbie Franko, Olivia

Schubert, and Maya Anderson are all

improving their routines and may eventually

step in as event specialists if and

when needed.

Ankney has a huge goal for her roster

of talented gymnasts.

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‘Just hanging around’ Seniors (L-R) Morgan Case, Elise Kinlaw, and Nicole Curtis ham it

up for the camera. ~ Contributed Photo

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