THE MELROSE High North Sectional qualifiying gymnastics team: top left: Katelyn Plourde, Grace Burke, Grace Gentile, Maya Weissman, Noah Williamson, Sofia Pitcher, Owen Mistretta. Front row: seniors Lucy Hannon, Katherine Carney and Taylor Pesce. Missing from photo: Isabella Ferranti. (photo by Raj Das edphotos.com)

 


Team shines at North Sectionals

 

By JENNIFER GENTILE

NORTHBOROUGH—The Melrose High gymnastics team wrapped up their winning season with a surprise appearance at the 2022 North Sectionals after finishing a winning season in which they qualified for post season with a point average of 135. They joined fellow Middlesex League standouts Wakefield, Reading, Wilmington/Bedford and Burlington at the MIAA North Sectionals on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough. This small team of 11 saw their winning season culminate in a post season and earned some high marks on Saturday as a finale.

Representing Melrose were Grace Burke, senior captain Katherine Carney, Isabella Ferranti, Grace Gentile, senior capt. Lucy Hannon, Owen Mistretta, Taylor Pesce, Sofia Pitcher, Katelyn Plourde, Maya Weissman and Noah Williamson.

Melrose earned a total of 132 points with the highest being a fantastic 9.4 earned by Owen Mistretta in the vault. Melrose has seen vault as their strength this season and sure enough teammates Lucy Hannon (8.675) Noah Williamson (8.6) Katherine Carney (8.55) Sofia Pitcher (8.5) Taylor Pecse (8.5) got the job done.

Melrose began the meet with performances on the floor by Lucy Hannon, Sofia Pitcher, Katherine Carney, Isabelle Ferrante, Taylor Pesce and Katelyn Plourde. Melrose’s Lucy Hannon led with a score of 8.625 while Katherine Carney scored a 8.45 and Katelyn Plourde scored a 8.35. Melrose had a nice showing in beam as well with a top score from Lucy Hannon (9.125) and solid work from Katelyn Plourde, Sofia Pitcher, Grace Gentile and Isabella Ferrante. Representing Melrose on bars were Lucy Hannon, Sofia Pitcher, Katelyn Plourde, Isabella Ferranti and Maya Weissman.

Departing this season are seniors Katherine Carney, Lucy Hannon and Taylor Pesce.