When they needed to show up and put up the best performance of their season, the Silver Lake High girls’ gymnastics co-op with Pembroke delivered.
Last Friday night, the co-op–dubbed “Pemberlake”–impressed at the Patriot League meet once again this season. They won it for the second straight year as they posted a 136.2 final team score in the meet at Mass Gymnastics Center in Pembroke.
The meet had several standout performances from the co-op. Most notably, Morgan Hackett took home Patriot League MVP as she earned second place in the all-around. Her performance also earned her a ticket to individual states by being one of the top-15 all-around gymnasts in the south section. Patriot League All-Star Tori Newton earned a fourth-place finish in the all-around and also earned a spot in the state meet as she is one of the top vaulters in the area.
Maizie Condon and Katie Kemp were also among those to have strong performances on the day. Condon earned second place on the balance beam while Kemp, who was named a league All-Star on floor, earned second place in that event, scoring an 8.6.
Awards were handed out at the meet and Pemberlake walked away with a few of them. In addition to Hackett’s MVP Award, Tess Bonanno was named a Patriot League scholar-athlete and Hannah Alexanian earned a Patriot League sportsmanship award.
At the start of the season, the co-op was at a disadvantage because Hackett was out with a thumb injury and Kemp got off to a late start to the season, but when the team had them back and healthy, it provided a boost to an already talented squad.
The co-ops individual meets season is over, however, now it is time for their top performers to prepare for the state meet which will be held in early March at a time and location that have yet to be announced.