The Level 6 boys team from Sonshine Academy won the the state championship.
The boys and girls teams from Conway combined for 53 state titles and 143 top-three performances in their recent state meets.
The boys and girls gymnastics teams from Sonshine Academy competed in their respective state meets during the month of March. The team’s performances were highlighted by a State Championship title for the Level 6 Boys Team, 53 first place state champion titles, and by 143 “top 3” Gymnasts who earned state championship honors were:
Cade Nielson – (Level 4, 11+ yrs) vault
Futa Shinkawa – (Level 4, 10 yrs) floor, vault, parallel bars, high bar, all-around
Logan Tilley – (Level 4, 10 yrs) pommel horse
Josh Barbee – (Level 5, 11 yrs) floor, pommel horse, vault, all-around
Michael Frost – (Level 5, 12+ yrs) floor, rings, all-around
Blake Hopkins – (Level 6, 12-13 yrs) pommel horse, rings
Cullen Odom – (Level 6, 11yrs) rings, vault
Haden Ray – (Level 6, 10 yrs) pommel horse, rings, parallel bars
Jay Krisell – (Level 6, 11yrs) floor, pommel horse, parallel bars, high bar, all-around
Jake Fisher – (Level 9, 13-15 yrs) floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar, all-around
Mia Fortson – (Level 3, 6 yrs) vault
Audrey Kendrick – (Level 3, 9 yrs) vault, bars, beam, floor, all-around
Kamryn Hogan – (Level 3, 10 yrs) vault
Jenna Sellers – (Level 3, 11 yrs) bars, beam
Melaina Taylor – (Level 4, 10 yrs) Vault, bars, beam, floor, all-around
Sarah Barnard – (Level 4, 15 yrs) bars, all-around
Bethany Stubbs – (Level 4, 15 yrs) vault, floor
Payton Leach – (Level 6, 11A) vault
Abigail Robinson – (Level 6, 11B) vault
BOYS STATE MEET
In the meet at Van Buren, 16 Sonshine gymnasts either won or placed in the top 3 in individual events or the all-around in their level and age group.
In the Level 4 Team division, Sonshine Academy’s team of Aidan Bird, Cade Nielsen, Futa Shinkawa, Jesse Easley, Kent Nielsen and Logan Tilley finished fourth. Aidan Bird was third on the rings and second on the parallel bars. Cade Nielsen placed third on the floor and in the all-around, second, high bar and first on the vault. Futa Shinkawa was third on rings, second on pommel horse and first on floor, vault and parallel bars. Jesse Easley placed third on the pommel horse. Kent Nielsen was third on bars. Logan Tilley placed third on the vault, high bar and in the all-around, second on the floor and rings first on pommel horse.
In the Level 5 division, Sonshine Academy’s team of Andrew Hare, Colton Ray, Josh Barbee and Michael Frost was fourth. Andrew Hare placed third on floor and parallel bars and second on the pommel horse, high bar and in the all-around. Colton Ray placed second on the horse and rings. Josh Barbee was third on high bar, second on rings and parallel bars and first on floor, pommel horse, vault and all-around. Michael Frost placed third on the pommel horse, second on the parallel bars and first on the floor, rings, and in the all-around.
In the Level 6 division, Sonshine Academy’s team of Blake Hopkins, Cullen Odom, Haden Ray and Jay Krisell earned a state championship.
Blake Hopkins placed third on the parallel bars, high bar, and in the all-around, second on the floor and vault and first on the pommel horse and R-rings. Cullen Odom was second on the floor, pommel horse, parallel bars, high bar and in the all-around and first on the rings and vault. Haden Ray was third on the floor and high bar, second in the all-around and first on the pommel horse, rings and bars. Jay Krisell placed second on the rings and vault and first on the floor, pommel horse, parallel bars, high bar and in the all-around.
Jake Fisher and Michael Rickels competed in the Level 9 division. Jake Fisher placed first on floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar, and in the all-around. Michael Rickels placed second on floor, horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar and in the all-around.
Six Sonshine gymnasts qualified for the 2014 Regional Championships to be held in Bedford, Texas. They are Fisher, Rickels, Hopkins, Odom, Ray and Jay Krisell. The boys team coaches are Bubba Corbitt, Michael Stage and Jordan Bell.
GIRLS STATE MEET
At the state meet at the Jack Stephens Center at Arkansas-Little Rock, Sonshine Academy’s Level 8 gymnast, Taylor Joe-Conway placed fifth all-around in the 13 division with a 33.875, qualifying her for the Region 3 Championships at Loveland, Colo.
The Level 6 team of Abigail Robnett, Payton Leach, Abigail Robinson, Madeline Anderson, Jillian Cliburn, Keely Crass and Paige Johnson scored a season high 105.725.
Top 3 finishes:
Taylor Joe-Conway (13 yrs) vars 3rd, beam, 3rd
Lily Douglas (9C) vault, 3rd (tie), beam 2nd; Payton Leach: (11A) vault 1st, bars 3rd; Abigail Robinson (11B) vault 1st; Abigail Robnett (11B) floor, 3rd; Jillian Cliburn (13) vault 3rd (tie); Paige Johnson (15) vault 3rd, floor 2nd
Katie Beth Smith (10B) all-around 2nd (tie); Mickenzie Peck (10E) beam 2nd, all-around 3rd; Melaina Taylor (10E) vault 1st, bars 1st, beam 1st, floor 1st, all-around 1st; Emma Henry (11) Bars 3rd; Sarah Barnard (15 yrs) Vault 2nd, Vars 1st, Beam 3rd, Floor 3rd, all-around 1st; Bethan Stubbs (15) Vault 1st, Bars 3rd, Beam 2nd, Floor 1st, all-around 3rd
Carson Foster (6) beam 3rd; Mia Fortson (6) vault 1st, bars 2nd, floor 2nd, all-around 2nd; Parker Papa (8) vault 3rd; Audrey Kendrick (9) vault 1st, bars 1st, beam 1st, floor 1st, all-around 1st; Ruby Jones (9) bars 2nd, beam 2nd, floor 3rd, all-around 2nd: Emma Tiner (10B) beam 3rd, floor 2nd, all-around 2nd; Naomi Young (10D) vault 3rd, beam 3rd, all-around 3rd; Kamryn Hogan (10E) Vault 1st, Beam 3rd, all-around 2nd; Joy Domm (11D) bars 2nd, floor 3rd, all-around 3rd ; Jenna Sellers (11D) bars 1st, beam 1st, all-around 2nd; Katie Brown (13) bars 3rd, floor 3rd
Coaches: Mieke Corbitt, Sax Engel, Rebekah Pratt, and Scott Wright coached the girls teams while Bubba Corbitt and Michael Stage coached the boys teams.