OLD TOWN — Four young gymnasts were judged best all-around in their divisions and eight others on the Down East Family YMCA girls’ team won first place awards in competition on Sunday.In all, 30 DEFY gymnasts took to the mat in Levels 4 through 8 in their first meet of the season.For six of the youngsters, who train at Springers’ Gymnastics Center in Ellsworth, it was their iirst meet ever.“We see the kids get really nervous right before the first meet,” said coach Doug Springer, “but we always try to remind them that we want them to do three things: try their hardest, show a little improvement and have fun.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSeveral of the gymnasts reached their qualifying scores to compete in the Northeast Regional YMCA Championships in mid-May at Waterville.The scores are different for the levels, said Springer, and gymnasts must attain qualifying scores at least twice to be eligible.Qualifying so far are Katherine McKee and Olivia Robidoux at Level 4 and Hailey McCabe at Level 5.Named first place all-around gymnasts on Sunday were Paige Sawyer, Tess Williamson, Mary Lou Ross and Robin Nicholson.Competing in ages 6-7 at Level 4, Paige was first on bars, beam and floor and second on vault.Also at Level 4 for age 9, Tess was first on beam and second on vault bars and floor.In the Prep Optional division, Mary Lou was first on vault, beam and floor and second on bars at the intermediate level, and Robin was first on bars, beam and floor and second on vault at the advanced junior level.Four DEFY gymnasts also placed first in at least one event and second as all-around gymnasts.Level 4, age 9: Chloe Politte was first on bars, third on vault, fourth on beam and floor.Prep Optional intermediate: Kassidy Robidoux was first on bars and second on vault, beam and floor.Prep Optional advanced senior: Alicia Allen was first on vault and second on bars, beam and floor.Level 7, ages 14-16: Taylor Wardwell was first on floor and second on vault, bars and beam.Other gymnasts who placed first in at least one event were:Level 4, age 9: Maddie Nida on floor. State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Level 8, ages 14-16: Ellie Mason, first on vault. House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Level 5, age 11: Madison Thornton on beam. admin Latest posts by admin (see all) Level 5, ages 12-13: Taylor Wright on vault. Latest Posts Bio For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Level 5, age 10: Hanna Chamberlain on floor.
JOCKEY QUOTESTYLER BAZE, STUBBINS, WINNER: “I thought of sprinting early in when I saw the form yesterday, Steve said don’t get dirt in his face so plan A. I am excited for this horse and the opportunity, it’s not every day you get a good three-year old colt that comes around this time of year, hopefully I get to stick with him and we’ll see how far we’ll go because he’s pretty nice. I’ve never ridden him before, but from watching tape of all four of his races, he seemed very ‘push button.’ It sure looked like he’s a horse that wants to go and I’m glad they didn’t change the game plan in the paddock.” TRAINER QUOTESLEANDRO MORA, ASSISTANT TO DOUG O’NEILL: “When we ran him at Del Mar (finishing first and second in a pair of main track sprints on Aug. 4 and Aug. 26), we knew he was legit, but he had some issues with his shins, so we gave him the time off (roughly four months). He’s going up the ladder now, getting better and better with each race. This was huge today.” OWNER QUOTESJACK MCSHANE, STUBBINS, WINNER: “I had a food safety auditing company, so I ran a business for twenty years, I made some money then I was losing it and now things are better. I was a horse player (before owner) since I was in high school with my best friend Bob, we would go to the track after we left Santa Monica High School at 12 noon and go to Hollywood Park or come to Santa Anita. It’s unbelievably exciting to have this colt, plus the fact that team O’Neill has done such a great job, I couldn’t be more excited. I had envisioned something in a short distance for the future, but now I don’t know.”NOTES: The winning owner is McShane Racing, LLC
A shot was fired early Saturday morning when two masked men robbed a convenience store in Vancouver, according to the Vancouver Police Department. No one was injured.The robbery occurred about 3:50 a.m. at the Star Mart convenience store at 2517 Andresen Road, a VPD bulletin said.Two men entered the store wearing masks and demanded money from the register, one of them pointing a handgun at the clerk.As the two robbers ran from the scene, one fell and the gun discharged, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.No injuries were reported and there was no damage to the building, she said.Police ask that anyone with information on the robbery, or anyone who recognizes the people in the surveillance photo, contact Vancouver police.