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Schmid named gymnastics team MVP

During the Fallbrook High School gymnastics team’s post-season banquet May 30 at Coach Heather Hawthorne’s house, sophomore Krystal Schmid was named as the team’s Most Valuable Player.

“I was very proud of her,” said Fallbrook co-coach Kayla Alonso. “She worked very hard and stayed very motivated.”

Schmid was one of two returning varsity gymnasts from the 2009 team which finished seventh at the 2009 CIF meet. Since six varsity gymnasts are scored to produce the team total, Fallbrook did not have enough varsity gymnasts in 2010 to qualify for the

CIF meet as a team, although all three healthy members of the varsity squad qualified as individuals. “She really took on the leadership role this season,” Alonso said of Schmid.

Schmid’s score of 36.7 points in the compulsory all-around placed her seventh at the CIF meet. “She did really well. She scored great,” Alonso said.

The junior varsity’s Most Valuable Player award went to junior Melissa Scrivnor. “She just worked really hard. She improved so much,” Alonso said.

Scrivnor often exceeded nine points on her routines. “I was so proud of her. She made so many different changes throughout the season and always worked really hard,” Alonso said.

The junior varsity also includes freshman Hannah Bergholz, who was selected as the team’s most improved player. Bergholz had not previously competed in club gymnastics but participated in all four events for the Warriors. “That was really cool,” Alonso said.

The best attendance award, (given to the gymnast who is present at the most practices), was given to sophomore Jessica Jimenez, who competed at the junior varsity level.

Hawthorne is Fallbrook’s official head coach, but on March 26 she gave birth to a baby boy, Sawyer, so Alonso and co-coach Janeva Sandoval spent the year as the team’s instructors.

A team picture was taken at the banquet, which also saw the presentations of shirts and cards. “We just kind of talked about the girls and ate and swam,” Alonso said. “It was really great.”

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