Lady Falcons return to the big dance

  • Written by Don Mann
Photo by Douglas Smith . Woodinville sophomore Emily Paratore finished sixth on the beam, fourth in the all-around.
They look like they’re right on track.

Posting a staggering 177.3 points — its highest scoring output of the season by far — the Woodinville gymnastics team used its superior depth to buzz through the competition in the District 24 Championships at Sammamish High School on Saturday.

The Lady Falcons now take aim at their fifth state title in seven years, having won four straight from 2007 to 2010.

Woodinville brought home a second place trophy last year.

They’ll be challenged on Friday in the Tacoma Dome by Emerald Ridge, Jefferson and Newport.

At districts, Woodinville senior Madison Engel and sophomore teammate Emily Paratore tied for fourth in the all-around at 36.65, while five other Lady Falcons finished in the top 10 in individual events: Tessa King (second on beam), Sam Jensen, Candace Nelson, Sabrina Nelson and Katherine Smith.

Newport junior Candace Ho won the all-around (37.975) while finishing first in bars, beam and floor.

Woodinville coach Kim Smothermon told the Seattle Times what it would take to bring home the big trophy once again: “Having a meet like today,” she said. “The girls just hit every event. We hit six for six beam routines. We haven’t done that this season. No falls at all. That was huge for us and the girls just carried it through.

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