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Falcons Gymnastics aim for another championship season

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

The  Woodinville High School Gymnastic Team

 

Establishing a dynasty in any particular sport is a tall order especially at the high school level where turnover happens annually.

But over the past six years, the Woodinville High School Gymnastics team under the tutelage of Head Coach Kathie Koch and staff, the Falcons have done just that.

Woodinville has been at the top of the sport from 2014 to 2017, claiming the KingCo Conference and 4A District and State Championships. 

The Falcons repeated as conference and district champion and finished State runner-up in 2017–18.

Last season, the team placed second in the KingCo Conference, second in districts and finished State runner-up to Camas for the second straight year.

“I attribute the team’s success to kids coming into the program ready to compete at a high level and continuing the push themselves hard and continue to add skills throughout their high school years. As coaches, we have high expectations for our kids in their gymnastics skills, as well as their work ethic,” Koch said.

Led by senior Teana Heys, the Falcons look to continue their dominance and have their sights set on claiming another conference, district and state championship this season.

“Teana is a second-year captain. Her skills as a gymnast and her leadership skills make her a role model for her teammates,” Koch said. “She comes to every practice with a positive attitude, ready to work hard, and encourages everyone else on the team. She is a true leader both inside and outside of the gym.”

The road to prominence, however, won’t be a cakewalk as the Falcons have formidable foes to compete against at all levels along the way.

“It’s really hard to tell who will be our toughest competition this upcoming year as a lot can change with kids graduating and new kids coming onto teams,” Koch said. A lot can change with the addition or loss of just a few kids.

“Within the KingCo, historically our toughest competition has been Newport, Mt, Si, and North Creek,” Koch said. “At the state level, Camas has had a great couple of years, winning it for the last two in a row. 

The Falcons host Skyline in the season opener Dec. 5. The competition gets underway at 7 p.m.

Visit www.kingcoathletics.com for the teams’ complete schedule.

 

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