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You'll FLIP For This
By Cristal Robinson, Staff Writer
 
Some of you might recall gymnastics coaches, Mr. Don Schutz and Mrs. Gina Javorek, from the past when they were teaching here at West Geauga. Mrs. Javorek has been coaching for 11 years. She participated in gymnastics, growing up as a student since the age of 5. She competed in high school here at West Geauga, winning 4 state championships on the beam and then in college for a year. “I couldn’t continue because I had 2 knee’s surgeries,” Javorek said. She began coaching right out of high school. Mr. Schutz, who coached Javorek in high school, has been an institution on the local gymnastics scene for decades and just recently announced his retirement.

Sadly there weren’t any seniors on the team this year. The girls had a rough season due to injuries and working their way back into competition shape. The goal for the girls this year became to work up to where they were before the injuries. For the future of the gymnastics team, they would love to continue their program, with 6 other schools they currently practice with, and build their numbers. In the recent past the team was successful, as they broke a school record in 2017 with a second place finish at sectional, scoring a 140.4 as a team.

The goal for the team is to qualify to the district tournament each year. From there, individuals attempt to qualify to state. Hoping to qualify as a team and having people qualify to the state meet is harder than it sounds. When asked if she seeks out advice elsewhere to help her girls, Mrs. Javorek commented, “I have close friends who coach other high school teams as well. We share ideas, problems, goals, etc. with each other. I also always go to Mr. Schutz for advice when it comes to gymnastics.”

Another issue is numbers. Participation wasn’t as high this year as it has been in the past. The team hopes to build their numbers these next few years and try to get more girls to take part in the sport. Junior Jenna Ritt echoed those thoughts saying, “It was a great season, as all the girls worked super hard to help the team score and get better for next season.”

One reward for the girls was people really “stepped up” all season and competed in place of those injured. Gymnastics is important because it instills teamwork, organization, and time management. It also builds friendship and improves strength and health. Coach Javorek left us on a good note and said, “These girls are awesome and it’s a fantastic sport to be a part of!”  See more at:  https://wgwhirlwind.org/1448/sports/youll-flip-for-this-4/
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