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Bryan boys heading back to state

Bryan boys heading back to state

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The Bryan boys gymnastics team will be taking the entire crew. The Bryan girls and A&M Consolidated girls and boys will be taking a few more. All will be looking to come back with a new title - state champions.

The group of locals will compete in the state meet beginning Thursday at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst. The meet runs through Saturday.

Along with the Bryan boys team, Bryan girls Alyssa Zawieja and Daniela Hart will compete as will Consol Lady Tigers Jackie Barrett and Allison Campbell and Tiger Rob Tountas.

For the Vikings boys, it is their 18th trip to state in 20 years under head coach J.T. Fletcher, and Bryan will enter this year's meet with the second-highest qualifying score from regionals.

Bryan's 336.5 total was second only to Humble's 346. L.D. Bell posted a 335.95 in its regional, while Euless Trinity had 334.4 and defending state champion Odessa Permian had 333.4.

"This is an excellent group of young men," Fletcher said of his squad. "They are extremely hard workers, and I think they are very dedicated to what they are doing. They have gotten to a point where they are on the edge of being a really good team."

Senior Jonathan Cadarette has been Bryan's leading scorer all season. He scored 75.95 points at regionals, including a perfect 10 in his compulsory routine on the parallel bars.

"He has a chance to make the finals in a couple of events," Fletcher said. "Three would be great. Hopefully there is going to be a surprise event in there for him."

Nine of the 11 Vikings making the trip to state have been before, but few of them have carried the workload they will shoulder at this year's meet.

"A lot of these guys last year did maybe one event," Fletcher said. "Usually as they get older, we ask them to step up [and do more]."

On the girls side, Bryan's Zawieja will be making a repeat trip after just missing the state vault title last season, finishing 0.05 behind the winner.

Zawieja won the all-around title at this year's regional meet, and head coach Cali Currie is looking for another solid performance from the senior.

"She has a great opportunity to [reach the] final in every event," Currie said. "She definitely has a shot at being one of the top all-arounders."

Hart qualified for state in the balance beam with a 10th-place finish at regionals.

"[The beam] is her specialty," Currie said. "She has been able to put all her efforts and training into beam in the last week and a half. I have really seen her progress and really fine-tune her beam compulsories and optionals."

Consol's trio of state gymnasts includes seniors Barrett and Tountas and sophomore Campbell. Barrett and Campbell have been to state before with Barrett making her fourth trip.

Barrett, who usually competes as an all-arounder, will be limited to the uneven bars after suffering a foot injury. She finished second on the bars at regionals.

Campbell qualified as an all-arounder after returning from a foot injury suffered at last year's state meet while warming up for the final event.

Regionals was the first time Camp-bell competed in every event since the injury, and she scored 72.875 points to finish seventh.

"Allison was in seventh in the all-around last year going into the last event," Consol coach Justin James said. "I said, 'Hey, let's go back to the state meet this year and go for top five.' She can definitely place in the Top 10."

Tountas will be making his first trip to state after finishing 11th in the all-around with 95 points at regionals.

"Rob has been trying hard every year, and finally he made it as a senior," James said.

"We are real excited about that. He is trying to shoot for about 25th all-around. There are a ton of guys in the meet, and I think if he can do that, he'd be really happy to finish his senior year and his high school career with a Top 25 finish."

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