World Class Gymnastics wins fourth consecutive state title | Community news

World Class Gymnastics extended its rule over the top two levels of girls gymnastics at the Virginia State Championships on Saturday and Sunday in Richmond.

The WC Level 10s, though not as strong as last year’s team, still had enough firepower to win their fourth consecutive state title, while the Level 9s rolled to their third straight championship and sixth in seven years.

The Level 10s, led by individual winners Taylor Harrison, Jamie Stone, NaTori Robinson and Kourtney Chinnery, had a winning team score of 114.225. Gymstrada took runner-up honors with 114.025.

Harrison, the team’s leader all season, captured a first on vault (9.75) and was second on bars (9.6), floor (9.6) and the all-around (38.250) in the age 18 division.

Stone, 16, finished first on floor (9.575); Robinson, 15, first on vault, 9.375; and Chinnery, 13, first on vault (9.75).

Tyra Kinloch-Bailey powered the Level 9 title run with a near-sweep of the age 17 class.
She had personal records in winning the beam (9.55) and all-around (38.25), a PR in taking second on floor (9.5), and she grabbed firsts on vault (9.525) and bars (9.45).

Other L9 winners included Lexi Mills, 13, on bars (9.55) and Gabrielle Johanek, 17, on floor (9.625). Mills’ score on bars was a PR and tops among all 114 Level 9s.

The team scored 113.875 points to finish ahead of Capital Gymnastics (113.2).

On Level 8, World Class placed fourth among 20 teams. Jenna Fletcher, 13, headed the team with wins on beam (9.675), floor (9.8) and the AA (38.125).

Other winners were Kelsey Jones, 12, on floor (9.7); Zoi Robinson, 12, on bars (9.575); and Katherine Scibelli, 8-9 group, on vault (9.275).


Joelle Vereb put on a show for the Williamsburg Aquatic Club, as did the 13-14 girls relays for the Coast Guard Blue Dolphins, and Colson Moore also excelled for South Eastern Virginia Aquatics.

These were the headliners at the State Short Course Age Group Championships Thursday through Sunday in Christiansburg.

Vereb stroked out wins in six events in the girls 13-14 age group to power WAC to the state title for medium-size teams. She opened with a victory in the 100-yard breaststroke, set a meet record in the 100 butterfly (54.6 seconds) and won the 50 and 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley.

She also swam on WAC’s winning 13-14 girls 400 free relay.

The Blue Dolphin girls took center stage in the 13-14 relays with the team of Alexandra Slayton, Chelsea Marstellar, Melissa Zhu and Maddie Morello. They set records in winning the 200 medley in 1:48.95 and the 200 free in 1:36.65. They also won the 400 medley (3:57.95).

Zhu also picked up a win in the 200 fly, while Morello placed second in the 50 free and 400 IM.

Moore got in on the record-setting act with new marks in the 50 freestyle (21.78) and 100 free (46.83) in the 13-14 boys. He also won the 200 IM and placed second in the 200 free.

NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, with its superior depth, swept the competition. It won the girls title with 2,181 points, the boys crown with 1,709 and the combined with 3,890.

The Blue Dolphins finished fourth overall with 1,417.5 points, Williamsburg sixth (1,050) and SEVA eighth (959.5).

Isabel Marstellar, 10U, was a busy point-producer for the Blue Dolphins. She placed in six events, capped by a second in the 50 fly.

For WAC, Colby Hurt picked up a slew of points in the 11-12 girls. Her top work came in placing first in the 100 breast and second in the 200 free, 100 IM, 200 IM, and the 50 and 200 breast.

For SEVA, Juanito Barad worked overtime by placing in the top eight in seven 10U events — headed by a second in the 200 IM.


Grafton’s bowlers captured the top titles in the Peninsula High School bowling leagues that ended their season Feb. 24.

In the handicap team league, the Ultimate Team from Grafton beat Balls of Glory — another Grafton team — for the championship in a battle of the top two teams Feb. 13.

The Ultimate Team — composed of Collin Sekelsky, Tyrell Noel and Andrew Scilabro — grabbed the season title with a record of 77 points won to 35 points lost.

Balls of Glory had a 72-40 record with the trio of Ryan Jessup, James Bittner and Adam Church.
In the title match, Sekelsky led the champs with his first 600 scratch series (618) that produced an 834 handicap series. For Balls of Glory, Jessup rolled a career-high 250 scratch game.

In the scratch league, Marcus Silas of Grafton finished in first place with a record of 120-40. Second place went to Triston Sadles of Poquoson (119-41) and third place to Dawson Maier of Kecoughtan (116-44).

Maier finished with the highest average, 198, followed by Silas’ 185 and Sadles’ 181.


Trevor Cable, 31, of Yorktown and Laura Shannon, 51, of Williamsburg headed Peninsula runners in Sunday’s Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach.

Cable placed 10th overall among the field of 2,782 runners in a time of 2 hours, 37 minutes, 55 seconds for the 26.2-mile race.

Shannon placed 21st among a field of 1,254 women in 3:20:40.

Kennedy Kemei of Kenya won the men’s race in 2:18:24 and Joanna Zeiger of Colorado the women’s in 2:43:59.

Other Peninsula standouts included: Aristides Cruz, 33, of Yorktown, 20th overall in 2:51:24; Ross Dotzlaf, 32, of Hampton, 25th overall, 2:54:22; and Steve Bookbinder, 65, of Newport News, men’s 65-69 age-group champ in 3:39:01.

Victor Flemming, 35, of Carrollton led Peninsula runners in Sunday’s half marathon, placing 18th overall among 8,936 competitors in 1:15:05.

Making a strong showing in their age groups were Zack Novak, second in the 14-and-under class in 1:30:43, and Alexandre Deur of Yorktown, second in the 40-44 division in 1:20:48.

Overall winners were Kenya’s Kiprono Kurgat for the men (1:04:23) and Susan Jerotich for the women (1:13:42).

Kurgat also won Saturday’s 8K in 23:06, while the women’s title went to Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton (25:52).

Sika Henry, 30, of Newport News was 20th (31:32) among the 5,047 female runners and Katie Buenaga, 23, of Williamsburg 23rd in 33:23. Among the 3,066 males, Hampton’s Eric Berge finished 34th (31:49).

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