Coach: Shannon Lange.
Last year: Sixth in West Suburban Gold, fourth in Conant regional.
Top gymnasts: Amy Addante, sr., Erin Gorniak, jr., Michelle Stukel, jr., Laura McCubbin, sr.
Outlook: The Blazers will have a strong group of freshmen with club experience and two juniors who have performed on the varsity level in Gorniak and Stukel. Gorniak is an all-arounder. Stukel also will compete in the all-around, but the floor is her strength. On the bars and vault senior Laura McCubbin will contribute scores. Addante has returned to the team after last year's stint in cheerleading. It may be a slow start for the Warriors, according to Lange. "We have quite a lot of new girls. I expect us to start the season at 120," Lange said.
Downers Grove North
Coach: Linda Reynolds.
Last year: Third in West Suburban Silver, first in Downers Grove North regional.
Top gymnasts: Maggy Bronny, sr., Elyse Wagner, sr., Trina Lewis, sr., Laura Kanis, so.
Outlook: Downers Grove North had three state qualifiers last season, and two are returning. But with a small turnout it is vital that Reynolds' top group hits their scores on a regular basis. Meghan Fitzpatrick, a state finisher who graduated, will be greatly missed. "We lost some big scorers, and some of my gymnasts will be taking on a real leadership role," Reynolds said. Kanis has moved up to that role after a good all-around performance. So has Wagner, whose strength is the beam. And Bronny is competing once again at a high level. Despite that the team is not very deep and will struggle to make the upper half of the West Suburban Silver.
Downers Grove South
Coach: Julie Jur.
Last year: Third in West Suburban Gold, fourth in Lincoln-Way East regional.
Top gymnasts: Maureen Crinion, sr., Melissa Lencioni, so., Megan Moauro, jr., Heather Fako, so.
Outlook: Although the Mustangs are young, things may be falling into place. Lencioni, who took a year off to ice skate, surprised Jur by outscoring a seasoned Crinion in the first meet. Moauro is recovering from a back injury and can be back in one or two events. Bliss Billingsley left a void in the vault with her graduation, but Lencioni can fill it. Fako, a returning sophomore, will be an all- arounder this season. Look for freshman Addie Testa and junior Jessica Coutre to contribute. "If everybody stays healthy and progresses like we have early this season, we should be in the low 130s. I would be excited if we could finish second," Jur said.
Coach: Paula Parat.
Last year: Sixth in Suburban Prairie Conference, fifth in Conant regional.
Top gymnasts: Dana Kroeger, sr., Adrianne Guido, jr., Bridget Gary, jr., Tiffany Hanson, so.
Outlook: The Bison are once again gearing up with youth. Of the 35 who tried out, 20 are untried freshmen, and it is up to assistant coach Victor Ruiz to work with that group. But three gymnasts return with varsity experience, including Kroeger, who will attempt to go one step further than two years ago and qualify for state. Guido and Gary are also back, though Gary will be out until mid-December. Hanson's best event is the floor, where she is a natural, according to Parat. Guido also excels on the floor, where she has picked up a full twist.
Coach: Jessica Stob.
Last year: Sixth in DuPage Valley Conference, third in Naperville Central regional.
Top gymnasts: Andrea Petruniak, jr., Colleen Jemmi, sr., Addi Christen, jr., Kamryn Alsip, so.
Outlook: Petruniak possesses the most background knowledge of any Rams gymnast and is a good leader, according to Stob. That will help, as Glenbard East heads into this season with one experienced senior. Stob's top five are each all-arounders. Jemmi will put up the most points on the beam and bars, while Christen should have the most success on the beam and vault. …