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by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Hudson head gymnastics coach Randi Chepke has been patiently waiting for her talented team put it all together.
She finally got her wish.
The host Lady improved to 8-1 overall and 2-1 in the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division with a 141.3-132.4 victory over North Royalton.
The meet took place Jan. 11 at Flytz Gymnastics in Cuyahoga Falls.
"I am as happy as I can be after this one," Chepke said.
"We had an awesome show of support from the rest of Hudson's sports teams and the girls wanted to impress, so they seemed to pull out all the stops.
"Everybody hit it out of the park on one event or another and I am so proud of them."
Jenni Spencer got the Lady Explorers rolling with a first-place score of 8.9 on vault.
"Jenni Spencer has probably been our most consistent vaulter this season," Chepke said.
"It's amazing just how much she's progressed since last season -- in confidence and ability."
Teammates Teghan Piper (8.875) and Mackenzie Miller (8.825) finished second and third, respectively.
"We'd still like to see a few more 10ths out of each of the girls in our vault lineup, but overall, they performed well," Chepke said.
"The beauty here is our numbers are clumped together rather nicely.
"We don't just have a couple of good vaulters. We've got a whole lineup of vaulters who are posting some sizable numbers."
Piper took first on the bars with a score of 8.85 and teammate Macy Lori placed third (8.7).
"I am thrilled with the direction Teghan's bar routine is going," Chepke said. "We're continuing to tweak it, so she's still got room to grow.
"This isn't our strongest event as a team, but if we get Teghan to where we hope she can go, pair that with Mackenzie's usual solid and high scoring routine, the rest of the girls will be able to hold their own."
It was Lori's turn to shine on beam as she took first place with a score of 9.075.
Piper also posted an impressive score of 9 to finish third.
"Beam was, by far, our best event of the night," Chepke said. "It was our highest scoring and six out of the eight stuck their routines and earned a good portion of their bonus.
"The girls seemed to feed off their teammate's success before them. It was my favorite day of the year thus far."
Miller captured first (8.975) on the floor exercise and Riley Skinner (8.85) and Lori (8.825) placed second and third, respectively.
"By the time we got to floor, we were pumped and raring to go," Chepke said. "We didn't post our biggest numbers, but they were certainly some of our best routines overall.
"Not one floor pass dumped -- that's a first this season. Just in time for next week's big meet against Strongsville."
Piper was the top gymnast on this night as she posted an all-around score of 35.55.
Miller took second in 35.25 and Lori finished third in 34.75.
Hudson is scheduled to compete against Valley Division rivals Strongsville and Medina Jan. 17 at Head Over Heels Gymnastics in Strongsville. The competition is set to begin at 7 p.m.