West Johnston's team pose for a picture after the last rotation, from left to right, Carleigh Chapman, Samantha Griffin, Alexa Baggett, Tasha Brozowski, Jessica Walker, Lelia Brozowski, Sarah Ford and Abigayle Harrison. North Carolina High School State Gymnastics Championships took place in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Fabian Radulescu newsobserver.com
West Johnston's team pose for a picture after the last rotation, from left to right, Carleigh Chapman, Samantha Griffin, Alexa Baggett, Tasha Brozowski, Jessica Walker, Lelia Brozowski, Sarah Ford and Abigayle Harrison. North Carolina High School State Gymnastics Championships took place in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Fabian Radulescu newsobserver.com

High School Sports

West Johnston, Fuquay-Varina claim gymnastics state championships

By J. Mike Blake

mblake@newsobserver.com

January 30, 2018 11:22 AM

Fuquay-Varina went back-to-back in the N.C. High School State Championship by winning the small-teams division on Friday. On Saturday, West Johnston followed up with a dominant win in the large teams.

The N.C. High School Athletic Association doesn’t offer a gymnastics championship, but a number of schools field varsity teams and organize their own state titles. The large- and small-team competitions are based on the rosters rather than the size of the school’s enrollment.

Gymnasts without a team compete in the All-Stars division.

LARGE TEAMS

West Johnston crushed the large-teams competition, scoring 153.05 points.

The Wildcats were led by Tasha Brozowski’s all-around title (38.95). Brozowski won the floor (9.9) and beam (9.8) and was runner-up in the other two events.

Teammates Abigayle Harrison (38.55), Lelia Brozowski (37.85) and Jessica Walker (37.65) were third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Harrison won the vault (9.6).

Apex Friendship was runner-up in the five-team field, totaling 150.1. Apex Friendship’s Macy Jennings (38.7) was second overall. She won the bars with a 9.9.

Panther Creek (140.7) was third, followed by Millbrook (140.25) and Leesville Road (137.4).

SMALL SCHOOLS

Fuquay-Varina won last year’s large-teams division title, where the top four teams were separated by just 1.5 points. This year, the Bengals had another close race, winning with 110.4 points to edge the rest of the 17-team field.

Runner-up Corinth Holders (109.45) was followed by Green Hope (108.85), Harnett Central (108.55), Knightdale (108.5) and Rolesville (108.05) to round out a top six.

Rolesville, last year’s small-teams champ, was led once again by Nhyla Bryant. The sophomore won the all-around for the second straight year.

Bryant scored 39.25 points, winning the beam (9.9), bars (9.9) and coming up just short on the floor routine (9.9) to Green Hope’s Gretchen Mackie (9.95).

Bryant and Mackie split the four events.

Mackie’s near-perfect floor routine and her victory in the vault (9.6) propelled her to a second-place finish in the all-around (39.2).

Riverside’s Mary Emma Holloway (37.9), Knightdale’s Mykada Greaux (37.8) and Wake Forest’s Kaleigh Martin (37.65) rounded out the top five.

ALL-STARS

Neuse Charter’s Megan Musgrave repeated her All-Stars title in the all-around with a 38.5. She won the vault (9.5), beam (9.6) and floor (9.7).

Sanderson’s Sarah Anne Cook (38.3), Jordan’s Katherine Smith (37.4), Caroline Allen (37.05) of Laney High in Wilmington and Jordan’s Tracy Childress (36.8) rounded out the top four. Cook won the bars (9.8).