SPORTS IN BRIEF: Gymnastics and basketball
Ide Gymnastics competes at Rock Island, Ottumwa
The Ide gymnastics team, based in Fairfield, competed at competitions in Ottumwa and Rock Island.
The Rock Island event, which was called Crush the Competition, was Nov. 16.
Olivia McClaran got first place in Double Mini Novice Girls 11 years old, and Bryanna Popejoy received a first place medal for Trampoline Novice Girls ages 13-14. First Place went also to Kiara Bickham for Trampoline Beginner Girls 8 years old.
Olivia McClaran also would receive a second place medal on the day. Michelle Zhang won a second place medal and a first place medal on the day.
Kristin Burnstedt won two fourth place medals.
The team also competed Nov. 23 at the Topsy-Turvy Turkey Tumble in Ottumwa.
First Places went to Burnstedt, Bickham, Popejoy, Zhang, Ashlyn Elmore, McClaran, Kaitlyn Scheuermann and Kaitlyn Greiner all in various trampoline categories.
Second place medals were earned by Libby Ferrel, Madalyn Rauscher, Trista Benedict and Amber Burroughs. Spencer Vaughan brought in a third place.
Coaches Jeff and Jeanne Ide are proud of the scores they have achieved in this meet with nothing lower than third place. They are looking forward to the next event in December at Marshalltown.
Eighth grade girls suffer season’s first loss
The Fairfield eighth grade girls’ basketball A team suffered its first loss of the year Monday.
The Trojans lost to Keokuk 30-26. Fairfield was down 26-18 at halftime. The defense stiffened up in the second half, but Fairfield’s offense couldn’t come through.
“The score does not show how well this group played,” coach Derek Philips said. “We forced them to make outside shots and not beat us by driving to the basket. Although it was a loss, these girls did a lot of great things tonight. I was super proud of them.”
Ashtyn Drish led the team with 11 points. Amiah Neff put in four points. Alie Kensett and Taylor Myers each scored three points.
The B team used a strong fourth quarter to defeat Keokuk 26-22.
The Trojans were down by seven in the final quarter before making their comeback. Lynsey Finney led the way with eight points. Ashley Pool scored seven points and Maddie Smith had six.
“The girls never got down when Keokuk took the lead,” Philips said. ”We fought back and played much better defense in the fourth quarter. It was nice to finish with a win.”
The Trojans travel to Fort Madison Tuesday to play the Bloodhounds.