Geneva Celebrates Its Seniors

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Byline: Chris Walker Daily Herald Correspondent By Chris Walker Daily Herald Correspondent

Geneva recognized seniors Ashley Puff, Jenna Ginsberg and Kelsey Oswald during Wednesday's regular season finale.

The Vikings cruised past Oswego co-op (135.3) and Fenton (102.75) despite an uncharacteristically low 139.65 points.

"We put in a lot of new skills today and just wanted to see how they would perform," Geneva coach Kim Hostman said. "We had a lot of mistakes on floor and bars but we wanted to try these things before conference."

Puff won the all-around with a 35.65 and Dominique Brognia established a new school-record with a 9.5 on bars. She had been hitting it all week in practice and the trend continued.

"Once we're consistent in practice with something we're ready to go with it," she said. "You just have to focus and once you've done it a bunch of times you just have to go out there and do it."

On bigger stages: St. Charles co-op has shown it can post a huge score during weekday dual meets.

The big question is whether or not it can do the same during this Saturday's conference meet and then the state series.

St. Charles co-op has scored a 147.45, 146.8 and 145.4 in its last three dual meets, but the team wasn't able to deliver such totals at big invites, only scoring a 142.10 at the Lake Forest on Jan. 5 and a 142.425 at the Fremd's Mari-Rae Sopper Invitational at Fremd on Jan. 12.

"Personally I don't think (at Fremd) we were fully there as a team and our heads just weren't into it," senior Jesi Ortiz said. "It was the weekend and while I don't want to put anything on this, we were crabby in the morning and when you put a bunch of crabby girls together it usually doesn't result in a good attitude."

There's no denying that St. Charles has the talent to be one of the eight teams that advances to the state finals. If it can duplicate its recent dual success, a trip to Palatine is just about a sure thing. Sidney Copeland, Kelly Gorniak and freshman Rachel Dugan provide the team with three terrific all-arounders. Senior Jesi Ortiz, a state qualifier on floor last season, also excels on floor, while Cathryn Gotlund and Andrea Schwartz have been contributing 9-plus scores on events. Sierra Thiesse, Sam Upshaw, Alix Scherer have also been key, especially while Sydney Olson slowly works her way back from injury.

St. Charles is pursuing its fifth state appearance in the program's 22-year history. There's also potential to eclipse the best team-score in program history, a 148.255 that earned a second place trophy in 1998.

Can you imagine?: While St. Charles co-op has one of its top teams in school history, just think of the boost another 37-plus all-around score would make?

St. Edward senior Abby Madden, a St. Charles resident, has had a fantastic final season, even flirting with a 38 all-around score.

Since she's an individual competitor and coach Doug Bucholz also serves as a Batavia assistant, Madden has competed alongside the Bulldogs for the past four seasons. Such a schedule actually began five years ago when Abby's older sister, Jordyn, began her career at St. Edward.

While the Madden's great run is nearing its end, it also hardly ever got started. …