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Tumbleweeds perform well in season opener

by Karen Best
Special to The R-C

The Tumbleweeds Trampoline and Tumbling (TNT) Team traveled to Brentwood, Calif., on Jan. 18 to compete at the Springtime Invite, the first scored meet of the 2013-2014 competition season.

TNT is a young team with tremendous athletic talent headed up by 25-year-old coach Matt Coyle, who has been a coach at Tumbleweeds Gymnastics for five years and is in his second year as head coach of the TNT Team. The athletes performed exceptionally well during the competition at Liberty High School that attracted 14 teams and some 300 competitors. Coyle was pleased with the team's season-opening meet performance.

"I am really proud of all the kids. They all did outstanding," he said. "Every one of the athletes, and parents, are 100 percent committed to our sport. For many of them, this is their first year competing and they did surprisingly well and brought home first time medals. They can only get better."

Mason Ogan (15-plus boys) earned three medals as he placed second in Level 9 trampoline, first in Level 9 double mini, and second in Level 5 tumbling.

Brandon Basche (15+ boys) placed third, Level 8 trampoline and second, Level 8 tumbling. Gwen Christ (13-14 girls), placed third, Level 7 trampoline; third, Level 7 double mini; and first, Level 5 tumbling. Venture Bruner (11-12 girls), placed second, Level 6 trampoline; first, Level 6 double mini; and first, Level 6 tumbling. Tyra Best (11-12 girls) placed first, Level 5 trampoline; second, Level 5 double mini; and third, Level 3 tumbling. Logan Nelson (11-12 boys), placed first, Level 7 trampoline; first, Level 7 double mini; and second, Level 4 tumbling.

Andrew McMenemy (8-10 boys), placed first, Level 5 trampoline; first, Level 5 double mini; and first, Level 3 tumbling. Carly Steele (under-8 girls) placed third, Level 4 trampoline; and fifth, Level 5 double mini.

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The small, dedicated team, practices three times a week at the Tumbleweeds Gymnastics facility in Minden. Athletes live within a 50-mile radius of the gym and several commute from the outlying communities of Lake Tahoe and Wellington. The team is part of the Northern California League located in Region 2, which is comprised of gym clubs from California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

The U.S. Tumbling & Trampoline Association (USTA) offers competition in tumbling, trampoline and double-mini trampoline.

Tumbleweeds TNT will compete again at the G-Force Flip Fest on Feb. 22 in Redding, Calif., and then at the "Go for the Gold" Invitational on March 29 at High Sierra Gymnastics in Reno.

The state championships will be held May 3-4 in Bakersfield, Calif., and the USA Gymnastics Region 1 and 2 Championships are May 23-25 in Santa Clara, Calif.